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This week, Microsoft announced all Yammer v1 APIs now support the usage of Azure Active Directory (AAD) tokens, the beginning of the rollout of Project, also known as Project for the web and formerly known as Project service, and Immersive Reader is coming to Nearpod and the beta release of this integration is now rolling out.
A user is our Member of the Week, a great contributor in this week's Excel AMA.
View the Weekly Roundup for October 14-18, 2019 in Sway and attached Word document.
This week, Microsoft announced a set updates across Microsoft Education's Learning Tools capabilities, 16 new built-in roles for Azure AD—including the highly requested Global reader—now in public preview, and the public preview of a capability to help you easily perform bulk management activities on users and groups in the Azure AD administration portal by uploading a CSV file.
A user is our Member of the Week, an incredibly prolific and knowledgeable contributor especially in the Microsoft Edge Insiders Discussions space.
View the Weekly Roundup for October 7-11, 2019 in Sway and linked Word document.
This week, Microsoft announced Azure Active Directory's deep integration with F5 Networks that simplifies secure access to your legacy applications that use protocols like header-based and Kerberos authentication, two recent advancements in Microsoft Forms’ design, and OneNote's support of interactive embed integration with PhET simulations and Coggle.It mind maps.
A user is our Member of the Week with great contributions especially in the Microsoft Edge Insiders Discussions space.
View the Weekly Roundup for September 30-October 4, 2019 in Sway and linked Word document.
This week, Microsoft announced the general availability of AutoCAD-based previews of DWG files in OneDrive and SharePoint, general availability of Microsoft Intune support for Android Enterprise fully managed devices, general availability for Azure Sentinel, public preview for Azure SQL Database Managed Instance Management Pack, and the preview of new templates for Microsoft Whiteboard.
A user is our Member of the Week for bringing great questions to this week's OneDrive AMA.
View the Weekly Roundup for September 23-27, 2019 in Sway and linked Word document.
We have just released an update for the Microsoft Tech Community. While many of the changes in this update are behind the scenes and related to preparations for Microsoft Ignite and Microsoft Ignite The Tour, there are two changes that we want to explain further.
Starting from today, the member count for the Microsoft Tech Community will show up as being a little lower than we have recently been displaying on our homepage. This is because in the interests in giving the community an accurate view of our community, we have changed how the total membership is counted by removing any accounts that have been closed as a result of a GDPR request, and any user who has not fully completed registration, from our membership count.
We know that some of you follow our membership count very closely and we feel the new metric gives a more accurate picture of how many registered members we have today.
Further to our announcement on April 8th, 2019, we have now added support for an extra two languages to our AI language Translation Beta. Supported Languages are:
We are still working on full translation, but for now the conversations in the community can be translated into these languages using the Language selection drop down in the top right, you must be logged in to see it.
Let us know if you see any problems and if you have any feature requests please do submit them to our Community Ideas board.
This week Microsoft announced the addition of templates to the active users page in Microsoft 365 admin center, the availability of quarterly servicing cumulative updates for Exchange Server 2016 and 2019 and availability of the next release of the Page Diagnostics Tool for SharePoint (Version 2.0.0) which now includes the ability to assess modern and classic SharePoint pages in SharePoint Online.
A user is our member of the week, a great contributor especially in the Office 365 space.
View the Weekly Roundup for September 16-20, 2019 in a Sway and linked Word document.
This week Microsoft announced beautiful new mobile experiences in Yammer, the general availability of Security Policy Advisor, a new service that can help enterprises improve the security of Office 365 ProPlus clients in their organization, and the availability of cloud backup and recovery for the Microsoft Authenticator app on Android.
A user is our member of the week, a new member with great contributions in the Excel space.
View the Weekly Roundup for September 9-13, 2019 in a Sway and linked Word document.
We have just released the latest version of the community, as always let us know if you encounter any issues or have any feature requests.
We are preparing to support the on-demand content for Microsoft Ignite The Tour this year, amongst other things we will be adding two new languages, Korean and Brazil – Portuguese, shortly.
This week Microsoft announced simplifying the profile and identity experiences within Yammer to better align with suite and enhance security, all existing Intune MDM and Intune APP scenarios are compatible with the release of Android Q, and releasing Planner for all F1 commercial plans and government offerings starting in October.
A user is our member of the week, a great contributor in the Microsoft Edge Insiders Discussions space.
View the Weekly Roundup for September 2-6, 2019 in a Sway and linked Word document.
This week Microsoft announced feature updates for Workplace Analytics for August, exciting new events for Microsoft Defender ATP, and the Immersive Reader is launching on Wonderopolis.
A user is our member of the week with great participation in this week's Simplify Collaboration with OneDrive AMA.
View the Weekly Roundup for August 30, 2019 in a Sway and linked Word document.
This week Microsoft announced the general availability (GA) of SQL Data Discovery & Classification in Azure SQL databases, Azure SQL Data Warehouse and Azure SQL Database managed instance, the general availability of the Open Up Resources ELA curriculum and Microsoft Education free offering, and a new add-on from Microsoft enables customers to easily integrate security alerts and insights from its security products, services, and partners in Splunk Enterprise.
A user is our member of the week with great contributions in this week's Skype for Business Online to Teams Upgrade AMA.
View the Weekly Roundup for August 19-23, 2019 in a Sway and linked Word document.
This week Microsoft announced Azure AD now has provisioning support for more apps, additional connections that provide a seamless experience between Yammer and the Microsoft 365 suite, and an update of the Microsoft Teams Rooms app brings a new content camera feature that enables users to intelligently include a traditional whiteboard into their Teams meeting.
A user is our Member of the Week, a fantastic contributor especially in the Excel space.
View the Weekly Roundup for August 12-16, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.
This week Microsoft announced Microsoft Teams will provide customer data residency for South Korea customers starting July 9th, 2019, the public preview of custom RBAC roles for Azure AD, and the release of a new configuration designer experience for managing Android Enterprise devices using the OEMConfig application.
This week Microsoft announced new features and a new look for Yammer mobile, general availability of Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) for Office 365 US Government GCC High customers, and improvements made to Azure AD Identity Protection.
A user is our member of the week, a great participant in our recent Redefining Mobility with OneDrive AMA.
View the Weekly Roundup for July 29-August 2, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.
This week Microsoft announced the Microsoft Defender ATP Evaluation lab is now available in public preview, the first Cumulative Update for Skype for Business Server, and new pre-integrated apps available in Azure Active Directory.
View the Weekly Roundup for July 22-26, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.
We have news about a New Text Editor, some new features of the new text editor and some other changes coming soon.
I am pleased to announce that we are making some big changes to the Editor that you use to post in the community. Starting today, you will see a new editor that incorporates some of the feedback we have received.
The design of this editor is cleaner and gives you more detailed control over content, such as, inserting tables. To make a table, you can now use the new Table button () to insert a table, style the column, row or an individual cell.
For our developers we have code syntax highlighting. Select the Insert code button () and choose the language you wish to insert. Currently supported languages are:
We are, however, looking to add support for other languages, such as PowerShell, as soon as possible.
code snippet from python.org.
Tuesday * next week, all users will be able to copy and paste from Microsoft Word or other programs directly into the text editor, and any images will be retained and uploaded without the need to upload them separately.
You will also be able to drag and drop permitted attachments onto the editor window and have it attached as an attachment.
We will be pushing some changes to the community soon based on feedback from users, they are:
Thank you both for your feedback and we are always open to new suggestions submitted via the community ideas board.
Other changes going live include:
Stay tuned for news on how you can help us test new features, bug fixes and help us shape the Microsoft Tech Community.
*Update: the copy and paste of images has been delayed till tomorrow (Wed July 31st)
This week Microsoft announced Microsoft Teams Room app update 18.104.22.168, the refreshed look and feel of the OneDrive mobile app, and the User Activity based expiration policy for Office 365 groups is now in private preview.
A user is our member of the week, a great participant in our AMAs, including this week’s Education AMA.
View the Weekly Roundup for July 15-19, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.
This week Microsoft announced direct federation is now in public preview, the ability for customers worldwide for security teams to easily report suspicious email messages or content to Microsoft and get feedback now rolling out for customers worldwide, and you can now go passwordless with the public preview of FIDO2 security keys support in Azure Active Directory (Azure AD).
A user is our member of the week, an active contributor especially in the Microsoft Edge Insider Discussions space.
View the Weekly Roundup for July 8-12, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.
This week Microsoft announced Microsoft Forms Pro is now generally available, question and answer in Yammer is rolling out to all Office 365 tenants, and the new Outlook on the web.
A user is our member of the week, an active contributor especially in the Microsoft Edge Insider Discussions space.
View the Weekly Roundup for July 1-5, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.
This week Microsoft announced websites can now embed a ‘Share to Teams‘ button, you can now export your entire Planner plan to Microsoft Excel, and the release of SharePointDsc v3.5.
View the Weekly Roundup for June 24-28, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.
This week Microsoft announced the release of Microsoft To-Do for Mac, the availability of quarterly servicing cumulative updates for Exchange Server 2013, 2016 and 2019, and six new features in Microsoft Whiteboard for Education designed to promote effective, focused collaboration for all students.
View the Weekly Roundup for June 17-21, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.
Wow! Thank you Microsoft Tech Community members! Since December, we have grown by 100,000 more members, just reaching over 350,000! The last six months have been full of Tech Community updates, events, exciting conversations, and news. More importantly, every day we see your discussions and conversations, providing feedback to product teams and helping other users with questions across communities. With your contributions, our products have been able to grow with you in mind.
Here's a quick look at some events that have happened in the Microsoft Tech Community since our last milestone of 250,000 members:
As we continue to grow every day, we want to say thank you again. It's all of you that have made The Microsoft Tech Community such an incredible place to collaborate, share and connect with each other.
This week Microsoft announced the updated Microsoft Intune Customer Adoption Pack, new support features for Microsoft 365 admins, and new features that help you go passwordless.
View the Weekly Roundup for June 10-14, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.
This week Microsoft announced a new feature that allows you to save the deployment configurations that you create in the cloud, the release of the Application Access Policy feature for Exchange Online PowerShell, and Azure Event Hubs clusters can now be easily created through the Azure portal or through the Azure Resource Manager as a self-serve experience (preview).
View the Weekly Roundup for June 3-7, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.
This week Microsoft announced the Exchange Online PowerShell module is now available in Azure Cloud Shell, a simplified user experience for Outlook for Windows, and the release of Attack Surface Analyzer 2.0.
A user is our Member of the Week, an excellent contributor in a number of spaces in the Tech Community.
View the Weekly Roundup for May 27- 31, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.
This week Microsoft announced new innovations for to better connect you to all your files in Microsoft 365 from any device, the general availability of Identity Secure Score, and the release of Windows 10, version 1903.
A user is our Member of the Week, a great contributor especially to the Microsoft Edge Insider Discussions space.
View the Weekly Roundup for May 20- 24, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.
This week Microsoft announced Azure AD changed the 16-character password limit, allowing you to set a password with up to 256 characters, including spaces, the availability of Planner notifications in Microsoft Teams, and the Yammer conversations web part for SharePoint.
A user is our Member of the Week, an active contributor to the Microsoft Edge Insider Discussions space.
View the Weekly Roundup for May 13- 17, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.
This week Microsoft announced general availability of Microsoft Search, the support of Actionable Messages in Outlook for iOS and Android, and updated features in user management in the Microsoft 365 admin center
View the Weekly Roundup for May 6 - 10, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.
This week Microsoft announced updates to the Calendar in Outlook for Windows, Information Barriers in Microsoft Teams, and new Office 365 Message Encryption capabilities.
A user is our member of the week, a fairly new member who has offered fantastic feedback in the Microsoft Edge Insiders Discussions space.
View the Weekly Roundup for April 29 - May 3, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.
We just launched the latest update to the Microsoft Tech Community, and we wanted to share with you some details about what's changed & what we fixed.
First, some of these changes (^) went live last week, to help us prepare the community for the upcoming Microsoft Build event
What is new?
This new RSS feed has been designed to deliver on feedback from Community, specifically:
We are aware that some RSS readers will not load the above URL but so far this seems to be readers that are looking for a URL ending .rss.
Please note: To be able to use an RSS feed from a private community you will need to have a rss reader which either supports login or shares your authentication cookie with your browser.
What have we fixed?
This week Microsoft announced Microsoft Launcher 5.4.0 is fully available to test, the preview of Security Policy Advisor, and the Office cloud policy service.
A user is our member of the week, a fairly new member with great contributions in the Excel space.
View the Weekly Roundup for April 22 - 26, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.
This week Microsoft announced the Windows Admin Center 1904 GA update, Microsoft Defender ATP’s integration with Microsoft Cloud App Security, and Threat & Vulnerability Management.
A user is our member of the week, a member who just joined this month with great feedback in the Microsoft Edge Insider Discussions space.
View the Weekly Roundup for April 15 - 19, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.
This week Microsoft announced Microsoft Teams Rooms update 22.214.171.124, rolling out the change to use Skype for Business desktop app on Mac as our web-downloadable meetings client instead of Skype Meetings App (SMA), and Public endpoint, ability to connect to Azure SQL Database Managed Instance from Internet, without VPN reaching global availability.
A user is our member of the week, a new member with great feedback in the Microsoft Edge Insider Discussions space.
View the Weekly Roundup for April 8 - 12, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.
We released our new AI-powered language localization beta, which will enable members to translate all conversation spaces and blogs on the community into six languages including English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese and Simplified Chinese (see FAQs). Content in conversation spaces and blogs will be automatically translated to the reader’s preferred language and displayed in thread.
We have also begun working on localizing the core components of the community UI, and while this work is not yet complete, we wanted to highlight what we have completed thus far. If you spot any translation issues, please report them in our Community Ideas board and make sure you choose the appropriate labels to help us prioritize your feedback.
Note: When you’re viewing the community after having it translated and see elements in English, that means that content has not yet been translated and we do not need an idea submitted for these.
We hope you like this new feature and all that remains is to welcome our new users.
This week Microsoft announced Azure Active Directory password protection is now generally available, SharePointDsc v3.3, and that starting today, Microsoft Teams users will be able to add a Yammer tab to their Teams channel that loads a specified group or topic feed from Yammer
View the Weekly Roundup for April 1 - 5, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.
This week Microsoft announced Windows Admin Center Preview 1903, live events in Microsoft 365 (including Teams, Stream, and Yammer) and Windows 10, version 1809.
A user is our member of the week, a strong contributor especially in the SharePoint space.
View the Weekly Roundup for March 25 - 29, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.
This week Microsoft announced Microsoft Defender ATP for Mac, Advanced Threat Protection for Azure Storage, and the first major version of Microsoft Launcher after migrating to Microsoft Tech community now fully available for your testing.
A user is our member of the week, a great contributor especially in the Microsoft Teams space.
View the Weekly Roundup for March 18 - 22, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.
Welcome to our regular blog on changes to the community platform.
In this update we have focused on making some incremental improvements to our mobile UI. This is only the first release of what will be a complete review of our mobile UI. So tell us what works, what doesn't and what you would like to see in our community ideas board.
We have been taking a closer look at some of the feedback we get about page load times. Specifically we had noted an issue with Internet Explorer 11 taking significantly longer than other browsers to load the community. We are still reviewing our data on this but we have made some changes to improve the experience for all users, notably:
We will continue to assess this over the next few weeks and see what other options we have to make the pages load a whole lot quicker.
In discussion spaces when you reply to a topic you will now automatically mention the author. If you are replying to someone else's reply then you will mention them instead. We plan to add this same feature to blogs shortly, let us know if you like it and if it helps.
What are we working on?
The biggest piece of work we are working on right now is multi-lingual support for the community. We will shortly be rolling out AI translation between English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese and Simplified Chinese. The objective with this will be to allow members to reply to each others comments in their own language and the community will automatically translate it to the language of the reader. As part of this roll out we will also start to translate elements of the community UI into these languages over the next few months.
Although the exact launch date has yet to be decided I expect it to be live before the end of April. Meanwhile, here is a sneak peak: (note the content is just test data!)
Help us shape the Microsoft Tech Community, create your ideas here and upvote your favourites.
This week Microsoft announced the ability to copy plans to Microsoft Planner, the public preview of two new features for Azure AD Application Proxy that make it even easier to provide secure remote access to on-premises applications and you can now add your flagged emails to To-Do.
View the Weekly Roundup for March 11 - 15, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.
This week Microsoft announced that MileIQ now supports Azure Active Directory, Azure Information Protection can now detect different types of credentials and several new capabilities to help you discover, classify & label, protect and monitor your sensitive information.
A user is our Member of the Week, a very active contributor, especially in the Excel space.
View the Weekly Roundup for March 4 - 8, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.
This week Microsoft announced the first flight for the MSIX Packaging Tool Insider Program, sign in to UserVoice using your Azure Active Directory (AD) credentials, and more streamlined iOS enrollment for Intune.
A user is our Member of the Week, a strong contributor especially in the SharePoint Developer space.
View the Weekly Roundup for February 25 - March 1, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.
After nearly six years of working with Microsoft communities I’m sad to make my final post here as an admin of the community. On Monday, March 4th, I will begin the next chapter of my career. It’s been a superbly rewarding experience being a part of this project – seeing scope grow from one product (SharePoint woot woot) to the Office 365 Network to Tech Community and beyond – and I’m humbled by the eager participation, knowledge sharing, and contribution that happens here every day as this community continues to grow in size.
I’m not going far! I’ll be joining the Microsoft 365 Product Marketing team under @Dan Holme, as the PMM for Yammer + Employee Engagement. In the new role I’ll be working with many of you and will be present at events as well as here on the Microsoft Tech Community.
There are WAY to many people who belong on this list – Execs, Managers, MVPs, entire teams, and so on – including the 290k members of this current community who bring value here on a daily basis. But here are a few who deserve to be mentioned by name:
A user – We’ve watched the Tech Community grow through thick and thin and had a blast while doing it. Simply put, you rock and are my partner in crime.
A user – For trusting in the community strategy (and me) and tying together community, events, readiness, Diversity & Tech to put the right mix of people in the right place.
A user – For giving me a chance to help build something compelling, being a mentor, keeping me on task, and teaching me to turn a chip on my shoulder into strategic action.
@TechCommunity Team: A user, A user A user, A user A user, and former team members Lana (the inspiration for this post) + A user – you are the engine that powers this community and so many channels + programs across Microsoft. You’ve been amazing to work with and will all continue to do amazing things for Microsoft’s stakeholders. I can’t wait to see what’s next for this team, community, and all of you!
The SharePoint Team/Community – Since 2013 the members of this team + community have worked closely with me and made me feel part of the family. SharePoint Conference + Ignite are always the two biggest events on my calendar and it’s because I get the chance to work closely with the team as well as mingle with the die-hard community.
Value of Community – They say you get out of community what you put into it, and I feel spoiled that I have been able to take so much away. There are countless opportunities for anyone who is willing to get involved, talk, ask questions, answer questions, connect with others, and learn. Over the past six years I’ve laughed, cried, skied, danced, hiked, sailed, biked, explored, and grown with members of the Microsoft community. I’ve introduced them to friends and family and vice versa - all while learning about tech, Microsoft products, the world, and myself. If that’s not community, then I don’t know what is. Thank you for everything and see you on the other side.
Microsoft Tech Community
This week Microsoft announced the Office app for Windows 10, several improvements to dynamic arrays in Excel, and the new Public Preview of Small Basic Online 1.0.
View the Weekly Roundup for February 18 -22, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.
This week Microsoft announced a new Microsoft Graph Security connector for Power BI, SharePoint page enhancements currently released to Targeted Release customers in Office 365, and updates to the Windows 10 supported platforms for enterprises deploying MSIX.
View the Weekly Roundup for February 11 -15, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.
This week Microsoft announced security notifications delivered in the Microsoft Authenticator app, the availability of Azure Data Explorer (Kusto) and the recently released Remote Autopilot Reset feature for Intune for Education.
View the Weekly Roundup for February 4 -8, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.
This week Microsoft announced new “change the look” features for SharePoint sites, new capabilities to enhance your alert and insight experience in Office 365, and four major Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) Identity Protection enhancements now in public preview.
View the Weekly Roundup for January 28 - February 1, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.
This week Microsoft announced new scanner UI in Azure Information Protection, rebranding Skype Room Systems as Microsoft Teams Rooms, and a new capability that makes it easier for you to create and save your Word, Excel, or PowerPoint document directly to the cloud.
View the Weekly Roundup for January 21- 25, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.
This week Microsoft announced Corrata’s integration with Windows Defender ATP, Mac Files On-Demand becoming generally available soon as well as the upcoming availability of OneDrive Sync Client Mass Delete, and added extensive tutorials, recommendations and steps for investigations and remediation for Azure ATP security alerts in our documentation in release 2.61 of Azure ATP.
View the Weekly Roundup for January 14 - 18, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.
This week Microsoft announced Kusto .NET SDK has been released to Nuget.Org, email confirmation receipt will be available soon in Microsoft Forms, and upcoming improvements in the SharePoint Migration Tool.
A user is our Member of the Week, an incredibly active contributor especially in the Microsoft Teams space.
View the Weekly Roundup for January 7 - 11, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.
This week Microsoft announced the Microsoft Stream iOS app, December updates in SharePoint and the latest version of the Azure Information Protection documentation.
A user is our Member of the Week, offering excellent contributions especially in the Microsoft Excel space.
View the Weekly Roundup for December 31, 2018 - January 4, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.
The Microsoft Tech Community has grown incredibly rapidly! This year we reached 250,000 members, amidst other highlights such as new product releases, AMAs, contests, Microsoft Ignite and other events. It’s been an amazing year.
To celebrate, here's a countdown of the top 18 product news announcements, moments and conversations from the community in 2018. Thanks for being part of it!
- The Microsoft Tech Community team
The community continues to grow at an extremely fast pace. In May, we celebrated attaining 150,000 members, and just seven short months later in December, we reached the impressive landmark of 250,000 members!
We’ve been hosting Tech Summit (from 2017-2018) and Microsoft Ignite | The Tour (from 2018-2019) session content in the Tech Community, which includes slide decks and videos to absorb after the event. We also announced the introduction of community meetings at Microsoft Ignite | The Tour.
The Diversity and Tech Community increased its traffic (gaining more than 1,500 new members since June) through new conversations and blog posts about events such as the monthly Women ITPros call, the Community Mentors Program and Diversity and Tech sessions at Microsoft Ignite. The Microsoft Tech Community team regularly promoted Diversity and Tech activities on our social media channels.
The Tech Community was home to a total of 77 blog posts sharing news, roadmap updates, new programs and event happenings at Microsoft Ignite. Members can access all of the sessions for free on MyIgnite, which is now built on top of Tech Community. See the sessions on-demand here.
A blog post published by Hari Pulapaka on December 18th in the Windows Kernel Internals Blog about Windows Sandbox has quickly become one of the most visited blogs ever on the Microsoft Tech Community. This blog post has received 380K views.
In June, after absorbing Microsoft Technical Communities into our site in November 2017, we released an overhaul of our Community Events space, helping user groups to promote their events via the Tech Community.
Starting the year with an immensely popular PowerShell AMA (Ask Microsoft Anything) with A user we eclipsed that popularity with popular Teams AMAs in the summer and in December (the latter with over 16,000 page views).
Now 21 episodes strong, A user and the SharePoint team launched The Intrazone in April 2018, a bi-weekly conversation and interview podcast, highlighting usage, adoption and use cases. Each episode was announced and promoted with a blog post on the Microsoft Tech Community.
Launched at Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft Learn is an interactive, quick, and fun way to learn Azure, promoted in the Tech Community in the Azure space.
Microsoft Teams announced on the Tech Community, in a popular blog post, its availability in a free version including features such as chat, file sharing, and video calling.
In October 2018, A user announced the release of long-awaited Office Server 2019, alongside the subsequent launch of SharePoint Server 2019. Exchange Server 2019, and Skype for Business Server 2019, and shared this news directly in the Tech Community.
A SharePoint blog post in October launched the new SharePoint Spaces feature, proving to be an asset to Office 365 users.
During this past summer, we launched the Microsoft Kaizala community, adding a discussion forum for this popular collaboration application to the community toolbox for Office 365 and Microsoft users.
Several blogs that lived on the TechNet and MSDN blogs are now hosted in the Microsoft Tech Community! Some of these blogs include: Visio, Enterprise, Mobility & Security, Windows Analytics and Windows ITPro, with lots more to come in the New Year.
The Tech Community continues to expand, offering new product communities. Some of the most notable new ones this year, in addition to Microsoft Kaizala mentioned above, include Microsoft USB community , Microsoft Bluetooth community, Microsoft Healthcare Bot, and Small and Medium Businesses.
In late November, A user updated our online interactive guides. Our previous iteration of the guides was regularly among our most popular pieces of content in the Tech Community, and the latest version has almost 2500 views so far.
Here are a few resources to help you get the most out of the Microsoft Tech Community in the year ahead!
Have a favorite moment from 2018? Let us know in the comments!
This week Microsoft announced Microsoft Sandbox, Fluent Design, and custom formatting in SharePoint.
A user is our Member of the Week, a community member who makes great contributions in the Security, Privacy & Compliance space.
View the Weekly Roundup for December 17-21, 2018 in a Sway and attached Word document.
We're excited to share the news that we've crossed 250,000 members here on Tech Community. A special thank you to everyone who has signed up, asked questions, participated in discussions, shared links, and contributed to making this such an incredible place for discussing Microsoft products.
It definitely feels like an early gift and we're more excited than ever to start 2019! With that in mind, here are some resources that we'd like to share to make your holiday season a little brighter:
-A Few of Our Favorite Things... this 4 part blog series by the Tech Community team highlights some of the best ways that you can get more value out of this community. Check it out!
- Registration for Microsoft Ignite | The Tour is open and coming to a city near you. Find Microsoft Ignite | The Tour content here on Tech Community, with more session slides and videos being added every week.
- Check out our ever-growing list of product and service blogs encompassing everything from Azure AD to Yammer.
- More communities are joining our ranks! Be sure to "Join" to see the latest action in your Home feed and to stay up to date with the latest news and events.
Online Interactive Guides just got a refresh. These are some of the most accessed resources across all of Tech Community, and for good reason. Watch them, share them, love them.
A user is our Member of the Week, a long-time community member who offered excellent contributions in our Microsoft Teams AMA.
Bring the power of Microsoft Ignite to your screen. Watch all the sessions from Microsoft Ignite on-demand and access the PPT slides right here on the Microsoft Tech Community. We have streaming and download options available for each.
How to access it:
2. If you aren’t already logged in, you’ll be prompted to do so, either with your Tech Community account or your Microsoft Ignite-registered account. Logging in is not required to view slide decks or stream videos, but it is required to download videos and to comment on sessions.
3. In addition to sorting by the date the session occurred, you can also search the sessions in the search bar with applicable search terms based on your interests.
4. You can also do a deeper search by clicking the Refine Results button, where you can search by solution, product, level, session type and format.
5. Click on a session of interest in order to access video and PowerPoint content related to that session.
Once you’ve found a session to view and clicked on it, you can stream the video by clicking directly on the video, on the box with the play icon.
To access PowerPoint decks (to view or download) click on View Slide Deck on the right side of the session.
To access this, you will need to be logged into the Ignite site or to the Tech Community.
Click on Download Video on the right side of the screen to download the video.
If you have questions, want to compliment the speaker or otherwise interact with the content, you can post a comment on the bottom of the page (you will have to scroll down) under “Join the conversation in the Microsoft Tech Community.”
Have you ever had a question about a product or feature, and you wished you could get an answer straight from the source? With the AMA (Ask Microsoft Anything) events we host across the Tech Community, you get a chance to engage with product engineers and team members for a live hour of Q&A. During this hour we get to dive deep into product updates and the newest features being released.
Recently we held a Microsoft Exchange AMA, and before that, we hosted a live hour with folks from the Microsoft Information and Protection team. We believe connecting you directly to the people who build the products you use every day increases transparency, earns trust, and cultivates a healthy community for everyone.
Those answering your questions have found great value in it as well! Laurie Pottmeyer from Microsoft Teams stated “As a community manager, it’s awesome for me to have opportunities like this to connect our community-at-large directly with our engineering team – this time is invaluable for our internal team. Not only do they get to answer questions and share information on their own area of expertise, it gives our team insight into what our users are saying.”
Curious about how you can contribute to our next AMA? Simply join us during the hour and ask your question by starting a new conversation. Our Tech Community team partners with the product team to ensure each question is looked at and discussed.
Our next AMA will be a Microsoft Teams AMA on December 12th at 9:00AM PT! Will you be there?
This week Microsoft announced two new and powerful additions to Azure Information Protection analytics, new features rolled out in Microsoft Whiteboard and release 3.1 of SharePointDsc.
Share a community or thread within a community from the Microsoft Tech Community into your social channels! With one click, you can share to LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, OneNote, Yammer, or even in email.
Sharing buttons can be found on the sidebar of every community home page (right-hand side). Scroll to the 'Share' window and select where you would like the link to be shared. The counter represents the number of times the community has been shared via clicking on one of the share link buttons on this site, but isn’t representative of how many total times the conversation or community has been shared.
Clicking on buttons for social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter will generate a post about the community and will link the community on your feed. You have the option to edit the text or provide your own custom message if you wish.
OneNote + Yammer
These sharing buttons can help you pin a community to your OneNote notebook or Yammer page.
The email button opens a window that assists you in emailing a friend about the community.
The link button allows you to copy/paste a hyperlink to share in another place.
Help grow the Microsoft Tech Community and spread great content by using our new sharing links buttons!
You can use filters in the Microsoft Tech Community to help discover and sort content. You’ll find these filters on the Home page as well as on each community page. They allow you to allow you to sort by Newest, Popular, Experts, and Unanswered.
Here’s a quick guide to how they work:
Newest: Just as you’d expect. This view shows you the most recent conversations.
Popular: See what’s hot and what posts are getting the most attention. This is determined
Experts: This filter shows discussions containing MVP and/or Microsoft Employee engagement. You can identify MVPs and Microsoft Employees by the green (MVP) or blue (Employee) badge around their profile picture.
Unanswered: As the name suggests, this filter shows you only the posts that have not received a reply. This is a great way to help answer community questions, showcase your expertise, and rank up in the community.
As the holidays approach the Community Management team here at the Microsoft Tech Community has a lot to be thankful for. This community has seen a lot of growth, adding more than 150k industry professionals, customers, MVPs, and Microsoft experts. We’ve hosted content for Microsoft Ignite, built a way for the community to promote and discover local and online Microsoft events, and added dozens of new communities around Microsoft offerings. With that in mind, we’d like to call out some of our own Favorite Things that are available on the Microsoft Tech Community.
Over the next week, we’ll be sharing a series of blogs about our Favorite Things, covering several topics and useful tidbits about the Microsoft Tech Community. We hope you’ll contribute to this campaign by commenting on what you like most about this community, your favorite tips, and what you want to hear about next.
See our first installment here: Filtering conversations in the Tech Community
our fourth installment here: Microsoft Ignite On-Demand in the Tech Community
We have just pushed our latest version of the Microsoft Tech Community and we have made some changes to areas of the community you will visit often.
Ever since our beta launch, and then subsequent UI redesign the 'My Home' page has sat in the top right of the community under the heart icon next to the search bar and the notification bell. The purpose of this page was to give you a one stop shop to see the communities that you have joined.
We listened to user feedback that it was too buried, and indeed many users had never even visited that page until we asked them about it. In response have moved all the communities you have joined into the Communities tab, under the filter called 'My Communities'
We focused some love on the Communities page with this release, based on some user feedback but also designed to make it the one stop shop for finding communities you may be interested in.
A few you had spotted we were getting errors on some threads where users had requested, we delete their account under GDPR, great catch and we have fixed that this sprint.
Your input helps me shape our backlog for community improvements, if you have comments or things you would like to see please submit your idea in our Ideas board and the most popular ideas will always be considered for future development.
This week Microsoft announced new OneDrive technical content pages, a new feature called Locations in Microsoft Search in Bing, and Update 1810 for System Center Configuration Manager current branch is now available.
A user is our Member of the Week, offering excellent contributions especially in the Microsoft Teams space.
(Posting this two days early due to the US Thanksgiving holiday!)
This week Microsoft announced the first Insider build of the Windows Server VNext Semi-Annual Channel release, FIDO2 support for Microsoft accounts, and that the Teams capabilities announced at Microsoft Ignite 2018 are now available.
A user is our Member of the Week, offering great contributions especially in the Microsoft Teams space.
We have just released our latest updates to the community, here is what has changed or been fixed:
We will shortly be asking existing users to select unique usernames as well and I will share more information on this in due course.
This week Microsoft announced the official launch of Disco (formerly known as Growbot) on Microsoft Teams, the rollout of the latest Windows 10 feature update—Windows 10, version 1809, and the availability of Azure Blockchain Workbench 1.5.0.
This week Microsoft announced how Azure Active Directory B2C just got easier, OneDrive Message Center updates for the last half of October, and Microsoft Stream announced data residency in Canada
View the Weekly Roundup for November 3 - November 9, 2018 in a Sway.
The Best Response feature is a component on threads that highlights a particular reply or comment on threads within this community. As the name suggests, it helps users immediately identify the reply which most closely answers or addresses the original post. Only the original asker, Microsoft MVPs, and Microsoft Employees have the ability to mark an answer as Best Response.
We encourage community members to use this feature to help:
Here’s a quick FAQ on the Best Response feature:
Q: How do I know if an answer has been marked Best Response?
A: The best Response is denoted by emboldened text and with a purple checkmark, as well as a purple accent to the thread. (See below)
Q: Can I skip directly to a Best Response?
A: Yes. When in the conversation view, you will see a hyperlink that jumps directly to the best response. This is especially helpful when there are numerous replies
Q: Who can mark an answer as Best Response?
A: The person who asked the initial question (also referred to as the Original Poster or OP), Microsoft Employees, and Microsoft MVPs can mark an answer as Best Response.
Q: How do I mark an answer as Best Response?
A: If you have permission to mark an answer the thread, you will see an option in each reply next to the like button.
Q: What’s the benefit of Best Responses?
A: As well as helping users distinguish solutions, Best Responses are built into our ranking algorithm and helps you move up the ranking system. They are weighed more heavily than standard replies.
Q: Is a thread locked once an answer is marked as a Best Response?
A: No, users can still comment and the Best Response can be applied to a different comment.
Q: How will I know if someone has marked my answer as a Best Response?
A: You will get a notification similar to other community actions.
Feel free to add any additional questions as replies to this thread!
This week Microsoft announced group-based licensing is now generally available for Azure Active Directory, a new device-based subscription service for Microsoft Intune that helps organizations manage devices that are not affiliated with specific users, and updates for Microsoft To-Do.
A user is our Member of the Week, an excellent contributor especially in the Microsoft Teams space.
This week Microsoft announced updated versions of Office for iPad/iPhone and Android to Office 365 subscribers, the release of various Server 2019 products, and several updates to the Microsoft Tech Community.
A user is our Member of the Week, with strong contributions especially in the Microsoft Project space.
It has been a busy few months here at Microsoft Tech Community HQ with allot of work going on to support new features and functions as well as Microsoft Ignite & the upcoming Microsoft Ignite | The Tour.
We have lots of other ideas and things we want to make better for you but we love to hear your ideas as well, please do share them with us in the Community Ideas board. If you have not already, head on over and let us know what you want to see and help us drive our priorities.
Lastly, let me introduce Koby, my new Springer Spaniel Puppy, he is 14 weeks old and is looking forward to his contributions to the Microsoft Tech Community!
This week Microsoft announced the latest version of Azure Blockchain Workbench, the official release of the MSIX Packaging Tool and Skype Room Systems v2 126.96.36.199.
This week Microsoft announced a global Call for Papers for the 2019 SharePoint Conference, the availability of the Messaging Extension for Confluence Cloud for Microsoft Teams, and a new feature for Microsoft Project called Roadmap.
A user is our Member of the Week, an active contributor in the Microsoft Teams space and a great participant in our AMAs.
This week Microsoft announced the availability of Windows 10, version 1809 for download, new advanced automation capabilities for threat detection, investigation, and response for Office 365 E5, and that Office 365 has earned HITRUST Certification from the Health Information Trust (HITRUST) Alliance.
A user is our Member of the Week, a long-time community member with great contributions in a number of spaces.
This week was Microsoft Ignite, with numerous announcements around various products!
This week Microsoft announced a new POPin integration for Microsoft Teams, continued improvements in the Forms experience for all customers by following Microsoft Accessibility Standards (MAS), and the release of Azure Security Center (ASC) official PowerShell Module.
A user is this week's Member of the Week, a great contributor, especially in the Microsoft Teams space.
This week Microsoft announced the addition of Microsoft Ignite to the MSFT Events app, the availability and preview of the new Microsoft 365 Secure Score API, and a new set of step-by-step deployment plans based on the best practices we've learned from working with thousands of customers to successfully roll-out Azure AD.
A user is this week's Member of the Week, impressing us with a range of thoughtful questions during this week’s FastTrack AMA
This week Microsoft announced new upcoming features in Outlook for Windows, the release of version 2.5 of SharePointDsc, and the availability of SharePoint Online Management Shell from PowerShell gallery.
A user is our member of the week for active contributions in a number of spaces and events, including our recent Office 365 Encryption AMA.
This week Microsoft announced three exciting changes to Office 365 consumer subscriptions, the public preview of Azure AD B2B Collaboration support for Google IDs, and a new design of the SharePoint mobile app.
A user is our member of the week, a recent member and great contributor in the SharePoint space.
This week Microsoft announced the completion of the roadmap for bringing Skype for Business Online features and functionality into Teams, upcoming updates to SharePoint hub sites, and an exciting new feature for your most loved scanner app - Office Lens.
A user is our member of the week for valuable contributions in a number of spaces, especially PowerApps & Flow.
This week Microsoft announced new features in Azure Migrate to support your cloud migration, updates to SharePoint Development guidance for SharePoint Online and on-premises, and the general availability of the Open Up Resources curricula and Microsoft Education free offering for Back to School 2018.
A user is our member of the week for great contributions in a number of spaces, especially Office 365.
This week Microsoft announced the Secure DevOps Kit private preview, improvements to Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) and self-service password reset (SSPR) that are now in public preview, and updates to simplify and save time for teachers when using OneNote Class and Staff Notebooks inside of Microsoft Teams.
A user is our member of the week for great questions in our recent Microsoft Teams AMA.
This week Microsoft announced Version 2.4 of SharePointDsc, the preview of Microsoft Stream powering the live events in Microsoft 365, and a more collaborative web experience for Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents for SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business
A user is our member of the week for great questions in our recent SharePoint + OneDrive “Shipping SPC18 into Production” AMA.
This week Microsoft announced the commercial previews of Exchange Server 2019, Skype for Business Server 2019, SharePoint Server 2019, and Project Server 2019.
A user is our member of the week for great contributions, especially in the SharePoint community.
This week Microsoft announced Azure Security Center is available in public preview in the subscription experience, a new preview build of Windows Server 2019, and the SharePoint Business Application Partner Program.
This week Microsoft announced Microsoft Teams is now available in a free version worldwide in 40 languages, the public preview of live events within Microsoft Teams, and exciting updates in helping companies move to the cloud with a flexible hybrid approach and cost-effective path to Azure.
A user is our member of the week for excellent contributions especially in the Office 365 space.
This week Microsoft announced general availability of idle session timeout policies in SharePoint Online & OneDrive, the release of Proposal Manager, and the public preview of Azure Immutable Blob Storage.
This week Microsoft announced an update to the Community Events space in the Tech Community, updates to address feedback regarding Planner notifications and that Azure IoT Edge is now generally available globally
A user is our member of the week for excellent contributions especially in the Office 365 space.
What did you miss in Q4 of this year (Fiscal Year 2018 for Microsoft ends on June 30th)? Here are the top 10 blog posts (in terms of total views) for the past three months:
We look forward to seeing what's to come in FY19 blog posts!
Today we are announcing an update to the Community Events space which is designed to make it easier to find events, meetups, and speakers in your area.
This update will provide an event submission flow for leaders as well as allow speaker profile cards to be linked directly in an event, as long as they are registered on the Microsoft Tech Community.
It will also help the community to easily discover events, whether online or in their local area. There will be filters for Speaker, Location, Date and even Products.
What events are eligible?
All events submitted to the Community Events section must include at least one Microsoft product in order to be approved, but there is no embargo on discussing competing products at the same event. (Example: A cloud focused event can include Amazon Web Services but must also focus on Azure).
We will continue to make improvements to this space over the coming months, and we welcome your suggestions as we shape this resource for you. If you notice something out of place or doesn’t quite work the way you think it should, please let us know in the Community Ideas board.
What will happen to the existing Events space and content?
The old community events space and speaker card can be found here until July 23rd, 2018 when it will be archived. Unfortunately, if you’ve previously submitted an event, we’ll need you to resubmit the content so that it can be tagged appropriately, otherwise it will not show.
We’re excited to see this corner of our community take shape, and we hope it becomes a useful tool for User Group leaders, speakers, and community members interested in discovering and attending community events.
This week Microsoft announced the first major update to Azure Blockchain Workbench, the public preview of Azure AD Password Protection and Smart Lockout and the general availability of several new sensitive information types and a new template that helps you discover, classify, protect and manage personal information that is relevant to GDPR obligations.
This week Microsoft announced the commercial preview of Office 2019 for Mac, the new Label Activity Explorer, and the public preview of the new delegated app management roles in Azure Active Directory.
A user is our member of the week for excellent contributions in the Microsoft Teams space.
This week Microsoft announced you can now easily create Office 365 group forms directly in the Forms portal, two new features in Microsoft To-Do, and an update to the Office 365 admin experience.
A user, fairly new to the Tech Community, is our member of the week for great contributions in the Excel community.
This week Microsoft announced a big update of Sway for iOS, ‘Threat Trackers’ for Office 365 Threat Intelligence, and general availability of soft delete for Azure Storage Blobs.
A user is our member of the week for great contributions in the recent Microsoft Stream AMA.
This week Microsoft announced 150,000 members and GDPR compliance in the Tech Community, GDPR offerings in Office and Azure, and upcoming features for Microsoft Stream in SharePoint.
We are excited to announce that we have now surpassed 150,000 Community members! Thank you, members and visitors for making the Microsoft Tech Community such a vibrant community and helpful resource for so many people – both internal and external!
The Microsoft Tech Community continues to grow as we invest in making it even greater. Some of our newer communities include:
Along with expanding our communities, we also have some new blogs, including:
Our team has enjoyed meeting community members from across the globe both at Tech Summits and online in the Community since our last milestone. We are very thankful for how much the Tech Community participates on a day-by-day basis with content releases and product news, and we will have some exciting new updates coming soon. Additionally, our team has grown and we are excited to share we have a new Community Manager, Christine Karambelas. Christine brings a strong background in marketing, writing and publishing, and is eager to help Tech Community members share important information about products, services and solutions.
Your participation remains vital to keep our community active, resourceful and relevant! So please join us, as we celebrate 150,000 members strong. Our mosaic above features our 150 top community members. Please share your favorite thoughts and community moments below.
We are pleased to announce we have made some new features available to you to to allow you to better manage your data, privacy, and account here on the Microsoft Tech Community. We have published full details on these features in the Data Privacy Compliance post.
Here at the Microsoft Tech Community you can login with either your Microsoft Account or your Office 365 Azure Active Directory (O365 AAD) account. If you login with your Microsoft Account you can request to delete or extract your personal data from your Microsoft Account from the Microsoft Account Privacy Portal .
If you login with an O365 AAD account only your account administrator (likely your IT executive or IT admin) can request for the data to be deleted or extracted via the Office 365 Portal.
When you delete either of these accounts, your account on the Microsoft Tech Community will be deleted as well. This will remove all personal information, signatures and profile pictures that you have provided to us however it will not delete your posts, the posts will be anonymized.
Please note: Deleting your account in this fashion will delete your entire account across all Microsoft products and services.
We recognize that some users may wish to extract only the information contained within the Microsoft Tech Community or delete only their Microsoft Tech Community account without effecting all Microsoft services that you use your account for.
For additional information please see the Data Privacy Compliance post.
This week Microsoft announced a new experiment to help improve Microsoft online help and documentation, code-named Aladdin, the new and improved Column, Line, Bar, Pie, and Combo charts In Microsoft Access, and an updated version of Office for iPad and iPhone for Office 365 subscribers
A user is our member of the week for great contributions, especially in the Microsoft Teams space.
This week Microsoft announced the general availability of the Azure mobile app, v2 of the SharePoint Migration Tool, and two new apps coming to Microsoft HoloLens customers.
A user is our member of the week for great contributions, especially in the Microsoft Intune space.
This week Microsoft announced the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, the integration of OneDrive Files Restore and Windows Defender Antivirus, and the general availability of Global VNet Peering in all Azure public regions
A user is our member of the week for great contributions, especially in the Excel space.
This week Microsoft announced the Office 2019 Commercial Preview of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, Access, Project, Visio and OneNote for Windows 10, the general availability of Microsoft Forms, and a new release of Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA) version 1.9.
A user is our member of the week for great contributions, especially in the Excel space.