The answer: very.

While an active Twitter conversation continued over what practical purposes you could have for setting your presence and status message in Microsoft Teams as mentioned in my previous blog post, I wondered — could I set my presence status using Alexa?

The Challenge

Given I have the speakers everywhere in my house, perhaps issuing a voice command could save me the gigantic effort of:

  1. Moving my hand over to my mouse
  2. Moving the mouse a few centimetres
  3. Pressing my avatar/profile picture in Microsoft Teams
  4. Pressing my current presence
  5. Selecting my desired presence state (in this case “Do Not Disturb”)

Yes, you read that right.

Let’s acknowledge the sheer importance of what you’re about to read.

Think of the cultural, teamwork, and employee benefits. This is possibly the most important thing you can implement as a user, in your Microsoft 365.

I’m a big fan of the scheduling assistant in Outlook. It’s the equivalent of patiently waiting for someone to finish talking before you start. However many people don’t know this feature exists, and while many do know about it — they don’t have enough visibility to make it that useful.

The Challenge

Unfortunately, with some people’s calendars only showing their Free/Busy, it can be difficult to make an informed decision as to whether what you are trying to schedule is potentially more important than what they have in their schedule already.

For many people, setting their calendar permissions for internal colleagues is…

Let me start this by saying that this does not aim to be yet another blog post that shows how to create a Team in Microsoft Teams using tools and functionality available in Microsoft 365.

While it does do that, this post outlines how to overcome a very specific challenge: creating a Team in a multi-national tenant where the native language is not your own.


Let’s say you work for a multi-national organisation headquartered in The Netherlands. As a result, the default language when creating anything connected to SharePoint (such as a M365 Group or even Team) is Dutch.


A few years ago, my wife (fellow MVP Megan Strant) received one of those mugs that says: “I survived another meeting that should have been an email”.

At the time Microsoft Teams had been around for a couple of years, so I thought it was time to replace it with something more modern, which led me to create this mug:

There’s currently a lot of excitement for the upcoming webinar functionality for Microsoft Teams meetings:

Let me start this by saying that I’m not a fan of the wiki feature in Teams. In fact, I abhor it, and I’m not alone in that.

There are many people who remove it immediately when creating a Team, and others who have used custom provisioning solutions to avoid its creation in the first place.

When Microsoft Teams was in beta and first launched, there was no wiki tab. Instead, there was a OneNote tab. However, as OneNote is an ecosystem unto itself, and Microsoft product teams are made up for regular human folks that want to get the…

While COVID19 has forced many organisations and staff to embrace working from home, I’ve been fortunate enough to have spent the past 11 years being able to work from home.

Those who know me or have been following me for a while are familiar with my views on working from home, however if this is your first time reading one of my posts, I’d recommend you pause here and watch this 3 ½ minute video from 2014 to get up to speed.

The problem

For those of us with families, working from home can be both wonderful and frustrating. For the most…

Microsoft Teams has a lot of very tight integrations with Power Platform. So tight in fact, that several apps in Microsoft Teams appear to be unique — but are in fact just Power Apps or Power Automate in disguise.

Despite working exclusively with Microsoft 365 and its previous incarnations for over a decade now, my foray into the world of Power Platform has been relatively recent. I’ve dabbled with elements over the years, but in the past 9 months have become an absolute addicted to it.

The reality is however, that Microsoft Teams is making Power Platform considerably more accessible…

It’s no secret that we live in a world where we are bombarded with potential distractions at every turn, whether in our working or personal lives — which have been blurred into one over the past year.

Loryan Strant

Microsoft 365 MVP, author, cloud guy, thought opinionater, public speaker, distance gazer. Passionate about productivity and life/work balance.

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