Laurent Schoenaers

"The only thing that is constant is change." - Heraclitus

Outlook Online and client not showing all of my Teams

Recently we came across an end-user problem where we couldn’t find our Teams in the list of Groups in Outlook Online. Making it unable to open for example the shared calendar of that Team.

Based on customer feedback, Microsoft started to roll this functionality out to Office 365 around 5-6 months ago. Old Teams are still shown, new Teams will not be shown in Outlook.

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Introducing Green Search: make better decisions

Before making a decision, big or small, we tend to search the web. Where to grab lunch? Search the web. Need a new coat? Search the web. Do dogs like hugs? You guessed it.

Ecosia is the world’s first search engine that helps you make better informed decisions by providing additional information about your search results. Here’s how it works!

Where has the upload file button gone too in Microsoft Planner?

When working in Microsoft Planner from within Microsoft Teams, there is no option to upload a file (from your local pc) to a task. While this is very confusing for end-users, Microsoft explains you need to upload the file in Teams and then attach it with the SharePoint option.

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How to get started with defining my document flow in Office 365?

Office 365 offers a lot of places to store your documents. Each tool has it own specific feature set, making it confusing for users of the platform to know where to place their content.

I will explain what I consider a good document flow in a second.

First things first, to know when to use what tool, read my previous blogpost “Office 365, when to use what?” to get up to speed.

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Office 365, when to use what?

When it comes to defining which collaboration or communication tool to use, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. However, with 3 simple questions, you can get a better view on when to use what:

  • How big is the audience?
  • What is the type of communication?
  • What is the pace of the communication?

Additionally I will tell you, in a nutshell, where to store your documents in Office 365.

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Guide to Office 365

Ever wanted to explain Office 365 to someone, and all of its features, not knowing where to start? I find the infographic below very useful to share with customers.

I like to think of Office 365 as an actual ecosystem. It’s a living environment. Applications might change of name, icons change, they might disappear, others get introduced. The features within applications are always enhancing as well. No one can ever say “I know everything in Office 365”. It’s an endless changing – maybe evolving is the better word here – cloud solution.

Hence the need for continuous change and training of end users. But that’s content for some other blogpost, back to the awesome infographic!

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SharePoint Online remove “Feedback” button

In SharePoint Online, by default, Microsoft has added a “Feedback” button. This may confuse end-users, as they might think the feedback will be send to their administrators instead of Microsoft.

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Office 365 assign & remove licenses and set enabled services in bulk with Powershell

In a lot of cases you need to assign, remove or select which services in a license to assign to all of your users in one shot. Thru the UI it is a huge amount of work, consider environments with more than 5k users, which can easily be automated with Powershell.

In order to assign, remove and select which services to assign to all your users, you can use the script here-under.

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Access denied when uploading page to SitePages library in SharePoint Online

On one of our customer’s new Office 365 tenant we were unable to upload files to the SitePages library. An access denied was given to every user, even the tenant admin.

After investigating the issue, we noticed something odd when checking the permission of our user in the library’s permissions:

Even when having sufficient permissions in SharePoint, we have a deny on adding and customizing pages.

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Convert images to PDF with PDFifier Online

Recently I came across the need to convert images to PDF. I was browsing the web to search for free tools, but I thought it would be a fun idea to just create my own tool for this. In the mean time I could dust off my PHP-skills, which have been lying around for years now.

The tool offers you the possibility to upload images from PC or smartphone/tablet, select some options (paper format, direction and margins) and to convert those images to a downloadable PDF.

Go check it out here: PDFifier Online

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