We recently wrote about the new ability to cast content from your mobile device to a screen via Microsoft Teams Room (view the blog post here). This is a great feature and in today's post we'll be further looking at the how to cast a PowerPoint presentation.
If the presentation is already open on your mobile device here's what you'll need to do in order to cast to a different device:
Microsoft Teams have introduced the ability for users to share content from their mobile device to a larger screen, TV and/ or monitor simply by heading over to a Teams Room! Users are now able to project the content directly from their device, without the need of setting up a Teams meeting.
There are a few things you will need to ensure are set up prior to casting from your device:
Important to note: Everything on your device screen, including notifications, will be projected so you may want to set your device to Do Not Disturb before sharing your screen.
So let's get started!
1. In Teams, tap Cast in the navigation bar. If you don’t see the Cast app when you open Teams, tap More to access it.
Microsoft have recently introduced Windows 11 - the Windows that brings you closer to what you love.
Microsoft noted a shift in the way people were using and needing their PCs to operate, the demand has shifted from practical to equally needing personalisation and customisation more than ever. So what does the introduction of Windows 11 bring? Well, this new inclusive of a simplified design and user experience aims to promote further productivity and inspire user creativity all round.
One of the new features included in Windows 11 are the Snap Layouts, Snap Groups and Desktops which provide users a powerful way to multitask and continue their productivity wherever they may be.
The new features are designed to help organize users windows by completely optimizing the way your screen is laid out. Ultimately you are able to have a visually clean and well thought out screen layout, completely organized for user optimization; whether it's for school, gaming or work!
Microsoft have updated the look to be more modern, fresh and clean - this includes a new start button at the centre, making it easier to find what you require. Start utilizes the power of the cloud and Microsoft 365 to show you your recent files no matter what platform or device you were viewing them on earlier, even if it was on an Android or iOS device.
In addition to all of these great new features and layouts, Microsoft have introduced Chat from Microsoft Teams which is integrated in the taskbar. Users can now instantly connect through text, chat, voice or video with all your personal contacts, anywhere, regardless of the platform.
Windows 11 also gives you a more natural way to connect with friends and family through Teams, allowing you to instantly mute and unmute, or start presenting directly from the taskbar.
Windows 11 is built on the consistent, compatible and familiar Windows 10 foundation that users are used to, in order to prepare and deploy Windows 11 it will be the same process as Windows 10.
Upgrading to Windows 11 will be like taking a Windows 10 update. The familiar management experiences you have in place today – like Microsoft Endpoint Manager, cloud configuration, Windows Update for Business and Autopilot – will support your environment of tomorrow as you integrate Windows 11 into your estate.
What are your thoughts on the new Windows 11? We'd love to know if the comments below.
We recently compiled a list of our top 10 ways that Microsoft 365 helps your team work more efficiently and collaboratively!
1. Affordable, Flexible and Pay-As-You-Go: Monthly subscriptions for Microsoft 365 for Business means you only pay for the number of licences that you need each month, and you can add or remove them as needs change. Tiered subscription levels to suit every user’s needs, from retail staff to knowledge workers, provides total flexibility
2. Access documents anywhere, any time. Thanks to Microsoft SharePoint, OneDrive and Teams, your company files live in the cloud, so you can work from anywhere, anytime. Edit presentations on your phone, or co-author in real time to collaborate on the same document with your colleagues. You can even sync your files to access them offline.
3. Controlled access to company information: Each level of information in Microsoft, be it files, emails, contact information, business operations or delivery inputs, can in most cases be filtered and secured based on who is logged in. Two users can search the same place for the same key word, but depending on their access granted, access different information. The flexibility and ease of maintenance is second to none.
4. Single pane of glass and like-for-like replacements: Instead of constantly copying and pasting to maintain separate systems, Microsoft becomes the ‘single source of truth’ where all company information is found. Replace Zoom and Slack with Teams, Calendly with Bookings, and enjoy the out of the box integrations with everything at your fingertips. e.g. create Teams online meetings directly in Outlook. You can even integrate third-party applications so they work seamlessly together.
5. World Class Security: Microsoft invests over US$1 billion in cloud security each year, which is more than the closest competitor’s total revenue. Every second, Microsoft adds hundreds of gigabytes of telemetry to improve the Intelligent Security Graph. Each Microsoft 365 environment can be configured to balance ease of access with security rigour, based on appetite for risk and compliance requirements.
Here at 365 Solutions Group we are fortunate enough to be a part of the HUB Australia community, that offers premium flexible workspace arrangements for thousands of entrepreneurs, teams and professionals across Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane and Adelaide.
From on-site cafes, media studios, parent spaces as well as professional development and community events - it's not hard to see why the HUB Australia is our chosen place to work from.
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Did you know that you are able to update and schedule your Microsoft Teams for when you're out of the office?
Out of Office messages are a great way to advise both external and internal parties that you are currently not available. Anyone that contacts you while you're away from the office will receive a (customisable) message, and the best part is that you are also able to determine a specific date range that they will receive this notification.
Microsoft Teams offers the option to display your Out of Office each time someone tries to sent you a message or @ mentions you in a channel. Here's how to get started:
1. Launch Teams and click on your profile picture.
2. Then click on Set Status message.
3. Type your ‘Out of Office‘ message. There’s a 280 character limit to your message. Users can also @mention whom people can contact while you’re offline.
4. Check the option Show when people message me.
5. Click on Clear status message after.
6. Set how long you want the message to be visible to everyone.
7. Apply the changes and you’re done.
This one of many cool features that are being rolled out by Microsoft regularly, and we help our customers to keep up with the improvements so they can make the most of them as they are released. Book a chat with one of our team here to find out how we can help your organization make the most of the Office 365 applications!
Microsoft have recently rolled out a new, more modern comments experience in the current versions of PowerPoint including mobile and web versions.
This new experience improves your collaboration options by adding a number of new capabilities to the commenting experience.
Here's just some of the new, more modern capabilities on offer:
In the new experience, comments are anchored to objects so if you move the object, the comment goes with it.
This makes it easier to see specifically what part of a slide the reviewer is commenting on, and more reliable if you reorganize your content later.
You can type your new comment in the comments pane at the right and select Post (or press CTRL+Enter on Windows, or CMND + Enter on Mac) to finish your comment.
Show advanced mark-up
By default, modern comments shows the comment marker only for the currently selected comment. However, you can set PowerPoint to show all comment markers on the slide at the same time.
To change this setting, go to Review > Comments > Show Comments and select Show Advanced Markup.
Comments in the margin or comments pane
In PowerPoint for the web you'll find comments in the margin, to the right of your slides, by default. If you want to access all of the features of modern comments you can open the Comments Pane. To turn on the Comments pane, click the Comments button towards the top right corner of the PowerPoint window.
Anchoring comments to text
Text anchoring is a new way to anchor your comments to a specified range of text, instead of to an object. To add an anchored-text comment, select the text you want and click New Comment in the Review tab or click New in the Comments pane. The text is highlighted. The shade of the highlighting varies depending on whether the text is light or dark.
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