Celebrating 10 Years as a Microsoft MVP

Back from my vacation, I am thrilled to share that I have been awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for the 10th consecutive year. In addition to being recognized as an expert within Teams, I am have also been recognized as an expert with Microsoft Copilot. This means a lot to me.  Being an MVP has been an incredibly rewarding journey, both personally and professionally. It has provided me with countless opportunities to grow, learn, and connect with like-minded professionals who share a passion for technology and innovation.  The award is not just a title; it's a testament to the hard work, dedication, and contributions to the tech community. It's a privilege to be part of such an esteemed group of individuals who share the same love for technology, and sharing their knowledge about it.  As I reflect on the past decade, I am thankful for the experiences and knowledge I've gained. This recognition motivates me to continue sharing my expertise, mentor

Town Hall for Microsoft Teams and retirement of Live Events

Microsoft has announced a new feature called 'Town Halls' in Microsoft Teams. This new experience is designed to host and deliver large-scale, internal events, and will eventually replace Microsoft Live events which is set to be retired for commercial customers on September 30, 2024

Some of the highlights of Town Halls include:

  • It provides a familiar interface to plan, create and produce large scale events.
  • It provides a one-to-many format with advanced production capabilities.
  • It offers a structured approach for attendee engagement.
  • It enables customers to extend their reach to scale their message and connect with audiences everywhere.
  • It allows organizations to create professionally produced, studio-quality events that deliver a more dynamic experience.

The feature will be enabled by default once it rolls out, but it can be controlled through the "Set-CsTeamsEventsPolicy" cmdlet: Set-CsTeamsEventsPolicy -Identity "policy name" -AllowTownhalls Disabled 

According to a post in the message center the rollout may begin already this month. This is associated with the roadmap item: 123148