Self-chat is now available in Microsoft Teams – Learn how to create yours

Workarounds to create self-chats in Microsoft Teams have been present since the platform was released as you can see in one of my previous articles, but now Microsoft is making this an official feature.

Any user will be able to chat with himself, making use of all the options available when chatting with other users. Using this new feature, you will be able to save memos, take quick notes or even store files that become available in the files tab inside the conversation.

Microsoft Teams self-chat


Fix Microsoft Teams calendar not loading

If you use Microsoft Teams, the Calendar application is a central component to keep you organized in your day-to-day activities and there is nothing more frustrating than seeing an error message that prevents you from seeing your schedule.

If your calendar is presenting you with the error message “Couldn’t load your calendar. Let’s give it another try” there is one thing you can do before reaching directly to your Microsoft Teams administrator.

Fix Microsoft Teams Calendar


Create a self-chat in Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams will soon allow users to create chats with themselves to easily take notes, write quick messages, or even store files or images.

This feature is planned to be released in June 2022 but while it doesn’t happen here is a workaround to take advantage of self-chats.

Create a self-chat in Microsoft Teams


Adjust the brightness and focus of your camera in Microsoft Teams video meetings

There are new features coming to Microsoft Teams to adjust the brightness and focus, that will make the image captured by your camera in video meetings better than ever.

Brightness adjustments enhances the video quality when the lightning is poor while soft focus applies a smoothing effect to appearance.

Adjust Microsoft Teams camera brightness


How to install PowerShell for Microsoft Teams

PowerShell is a tool that allows the automation of repetitive tasks and has support for pretty much everything Microsoft-related.

Microsoft Teams is not exception and there is dedicated module that allow you to automate the administrative tasks on the platform.

How to install PowerShell for Microsoft Teams


How to configure a voicemail message on Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams voice mail is a great feature that allow other users to send you voice messages when you are not able to pick up a call.

Teams has by default a greetings, but you can replace it by your own message following the instructions provided in this article:

Microsoft Teams voicemail message


Quickly share applications to Microsoft Teams using Windows 11

Microsoft Teams allows you to easily share your desktop or individual windows while presenting in a meeting, and this feature has just become easier to use thanks to an integration between Teams and Windows 11.

Share to Microsoft Teams from Windows 11


Define a status message with duration in Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams allows you to define a status message to inform other users about something that goes beyond the presence indicator.

To prevent you from showing an outdated message for hours or even for days, Microsoft Teams now gives you the possibility to define the duration of your status messages when creating it.

Microsoft Teams status message


How to create a custom Together Mode scene for Microsoft Teams

For a more inclusive meeting experience in Microsoft Teams, the together mode allows you to define scenes where attendees will be “seated” next to each other.

Microsoft has several different scenes that you can choose from, and in this article, you will learn how to extend the available scenes by building your own.

Microsoft Teams custom together mode scene


Edit the default name and profile picture of guest users in Microsoft Teams

Collaboration in Microsoft Teams is not restricted to the members of your organization, the platform allows you to reach users from other organizations and also add them to your existing teams as guests.

If guest access is enabled in your tenant, you will be able to add members to teams that don’t belong to the organization however the name and the profile picture added to those users by default is not always the best to identify them.

Microsoft Teams guest user profile picture


I've been working with Microsoft Technologies over the last ten years, mainly focused on creating collaboration and productivity solutions that drive the adoption of Microsoft Modern Workplace.