I’ve been skeptical of electronic/digital/online voting for a while. It has its strong supporters (using blockchain or other technology — from the public’s perspective, the technology is basically irrelevant). As a technologist that consults on helping people use collaboration software on Microsoft and Google’s clouds, anything that makes a process easier, more inclusive, and more immediate is always good.

Personally, I always think making it easier to vote is a good thing. Either you think everyone should vote and you should empower them to or you think only your select group should by not providing the resources to others to…


Classrooms worldwide sit empty as more students are forced to learn from home, all while teachers and professors find themselves leading distance learning perhaps before they ever thought they would.

Then there are the institutions which are dealing with budget crunches from the state and federal funding side for public institutions and tuition and lodging revenue losses at private schools.

Productivity and cost efficiency are paramount now and everyone seems to be scrambling for ideas to recover. …


Microsoft recently announced Teams has spiked to 44 million daily active users, up a whopping 12 million users in just 7 days after the Coronavirus has forced employees and students everywhere to move their work and learning remotely to their homes.

That means a lot of new users who may not know how best to use Microsoft Teams. Whether this includes you, your peers, or your employees, these people find themselves in a common situation.

And your organization may not be able to support all of those new users, whether it’s an overwhelmed IT help desk or change management team…


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The Coronavirus pandemic is proving a real need for automated self service tools amid millions of people wanting information and reassurance about COVID-19 status in their area.

Overwhelmed customer service teams, health departments, and hospitals everywhere are unable to deal with the influx of requests coming into…


The spread of the Coronavirus pandemic is showing more and more the value of chatbots when it comes to taking on the tasks of answering common but important questions and kicking off automated processes. AtBot has your back through this crisis.

With customer service departments worldwide issuing warnings of long phone wait times and degraded service due to an overwhelming influx of customer and service calls, automated bots came take on that burden.

A combination of QnA Maker for knowledge and Power Automate for workflows and tasks will make your COVID-19 response process significantly easier, more streamlined, and self-fulfilling. …


Microsoft Teams recently deprecated its Twitter connector. That’s notable because Twitter is one of the best sources for updates on the status of Microsoft 365, Office 365, and the suite of software associated with this ecosystem.

I’ve published a lot of recommendations on how to stay up to date with the continual changes that occur within the Office 365 cloud. Admittedly, it’s not easy. Twitter remains one of the most reactive and trustworthy sources in my opinion.

And likely one of the best accounts to follow is MSFT365Status. I regularly recommend following this account because in many cases, it provides…


It’s been a long time coming, but I’ve finally completed the effort of moving my original blog for SharePoint end users — icansharepoint.com — to a new home on the internet, jumpto365.com.

My original goal with icansharepoint was to explain everyday use cases and how-to’s for SharePoint 2013. jumpto365 has become a wider resource, yet is still incredibly connected to SharePoint given all the Office 365 integrations.

With each blog post on icansharepoint, I was able to add to a knowledgebase of useful features in SharePoint and how best to use them. It was meant to be a central resource…


Generally speaking, your experience with quality or not-so-quality search results in SharePoint is going to come down to a healthy mix of how well you know how to search and improving search engine optimization of the content within your network.

But there are some things that your IT department can do to improve search results too. For the most part, these are features that SharePoint offers that you need to request IT to activate or take advantage of, though some can be performed by Site Owners. …


This is part of a series on syncing an MS Project file to SharePoint

Introduction

In the first post of this Project–SharePoint series, I discussed how to sync an MS Project MPP file to a SharePoint Task List, which gives you the wonderful benefit of getting around “the MS Project paradox”: only so many Project licenses are available, yet many project team members need to be able to see and/or update the MPP.

Basically, this solution can save you a TON of money and hassle by avoiding the need for purchasing licenses for all those team members who only occasionally (or…


This is part of a series on syncing an MS Project file to SharePoint. Visit part 4, using your plan day-to-day, next.

Introduction

In the first post of this Project–SharePoint series, I discussed how to sync an MS Project MPP file to a SharePoint Task List, which gives you the wonderful benefit of getting around “the MS Project paradox”: only so many Project licenses are available, yet many project team members need to be able to see and/or update the MPP.

In this post, I’m covering how to customize, or a better word would be configure, your newly synced Project–SharePoint project…

Matt Wade

Microsoft MVP • Office 365 & Microsoft Teams specialist • NY→USVI→DC→NY

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