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Microsoft Teams is a constant influx of new features and development. For example, in June alone, Microsoft released a few dozen new features, including chat bubbles, new spotlighting options, a meeting attendance dashboard, Dynamics integration, and more (not to mention all the new Teams devices).
One of the benefits of being in the Microsoft Teams Public Preview is seeing and testing new features before they are generally available. As a result, this is an excellent option for early adopters in a company who want to experience the new features and changes before the general population. Additionally, early access is beneficial for those in roles of corporate training and communication.
To opt into the Teams Public Preview is straightforward. First, click the three dots (…) next to your profile picture in the Teams client. Then, from the menu, select About > Public Preview.
You will then receive a disclaimer stating that your experience in the public preview is provided “as is,” “with all faults,” and excluded from any warranty or service level agreements (SLAs). Essentially, there is no guarantee you will be free from issues, and Microsoft cannot be held to any warranty or SLA to resolve those issues.
To accept these terms, click Switch to public preview. If you do not wish to accept, click Cancel. If you cancel, you will not be allowed to join the public preview.
Note: This action will restart the Microsoft Teams client. Switching to the public preview will end any calls or meetings.[Read more…] about How to enroll in the Microsoft Teams public preview program
If you received a message with an invalid or untrusted S/MIME digital signature, you might have problems replying to that message with Outlook on the Web (OWA).
The inability to reply is not necessarily a bad thing as it might indicate an impersonation attempt. Impersonation is where a bad actor pretends to be someone you know, often for financial gain. A common example of impersonation is a bad actor pretending to be a CEO asking their company accountant to wire money to the bad actor’s bank account.
So, if you see a failed digital signature, it is a good time to pause and determine if the sender really is who they say they are through other verified mechanisms (e.g., call them on a trusted phone number). Then validate if they are aware of the digital signature issue to see if they are already working to resolve it.
If using a product like Office 365, you can also check if the message has failed any impersonation checks. For example, are safety tips in OWA warning that you don’t typically receive mail from this sender with that email address.
The screenshot below provides an example of a message received in OWA where the S/MIME digital signature is not considered valid or trusted. Clicking the click here link gives us some additional insight into the error. We can see OWA does not trust this certificate because it has a broken certificate chain, more than likely caused by a missing or expired intermediary cert.
When attempting to reply to this message in OWA, you may receive the following error.
This message can't be sent right now. Please try again later.[Read more…] about Workaround: Replying to a message with an invalid S/MIME digital signature fails
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One of the great new features in Outlook is scheduling meetings or appointments to start late (or end early). The end early feature has been included in Outlook for some time. However, the start late feature was introduced into the Office beta channel in version 2012 (build 13530.20000).
Note: This feature is now available in the Current (Preview) channel as of version 2012 (Build 13530.20218)
The shorten meeting feature allows attendees time between meetings. This is useful for many aspects, such as allowing users time to travel between meeting rooms, grab a coffee, reconcile notes, or decompress.
How to shorten meetings to start late or end early
To access this feature, open Outlook, navigate to the File menu, then select Options. From the Outlook Options dialog, select the Calendar tab.
Under the Calendar Options section, select the Shorten appointments and meetings checkbox. From the drop-down, choose whether to have meetings End early or Start late.
Note: If you select None, the prior checkbox will become deselected.
These options also allow you to specify how much time to shorten appointments and meetings. By default, any meeting under 1 hour will be shortened by 5 minutes. Any meeting for 1 hour or longer will be shortened by 10 minutes.
If you wish to change these defaults, pick another time from each drop-down. For example, for meetings one hour or greater, you have choices of 0, 5, 10, and 15 minutes. Once you have made your selection click Ok to save and close the Outlook Options dialog.[Read more…] about How to start meetings late (or end early) in Outlook
One of the benefits of being in the Office Beta Channel (formerly known as Insider Fast) is getting to see and test new Office features before they are generally available.
When you install Office, all new installations will default to the Current channel (formerly known as the Monthly channel). However, it is possible to change your update channel. The table below lists all the available update channels and their former names as these were recently changed.
|Current (Preview)||Monthly (Targeted)|
|Monthly Enterprise||Monthly Enterprise|
|Semi-Annual Enterprise (Preview)||Semi-Annual (Targeted)|
The Beta Channel typically receives new features 1 month in advance of the Current Channel. For more information on the specifics of each channel, check out this article from Microsoft.
How to determine your Office update channel
To determine your Office update channel, open any Office app. In our example, we will open Microsoft Word.
Once launched, click Account. In the About Word section, you will see both the build number and the current update channel. In the screenshot below, you can see our build is Version 2012, and our update cycle is the Current Channel.
Microsoft Outlook is a little different. To check your Office update channel using Outlook, navigate to the File menu and select Office Account. Like other Office apps, the build and update channel will be listed in the About Outlook section.
Tip: The build numbers are formulated from a two-digit year and a two-digit month. For example, the first two digits, “20”, designate the year 2020. The second two digits, “12”, designate December. Microsoft documents all build numbers and release notes here.[Read more…] about How to switch to the Office (M365 Apps) Beta Channel