Why Microsoft Teams has grown to 13 million active daily users in just two years…

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Two years ago this week, Microsoft rolled-out a game-changing set of integrated cloud-based apps that fundamentally changed the way we do business – Office 365.  One of the most revolutionary apps in the Office 365 suite was Microsoft Teams, a piece of software designed to bring teams within a company together more than ever before.  Teams combines chat, video calling, and file sharing into one central location and has now amassed an impressive 13 million daily active users, testament to its ease of use and convenience in today’s busy working environment.

Teams is now available in 53 languages across an impressive 181 markets, powering teamwork for Microsoft customers all over the world.  Committed to making the product even better, Microsoft have now announced they will be introducing four new areas of capability in their flagship teamwork app:

 1. Prioritised and time-sensitive communications

 

Make sure that if there is an important message that needs to reach your team, it gets through and it gets read. Teams will soon have the ability to send priority notifications, that alerts chosen recipients of messages that are time-sensitive – with the user receiving an alert every two minutes until a response is received to the message.  This feature will be further enhanced by offering users the chance to see read receipts, indicating that messages have been read by the recipient.

 

2. Better management of communications within and across teams

 

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Teams users will soon be able to showcase announcements – with custom styling options to make the message stand out – an ideal way to introduce a new colleague, share results from a marketing campaign or arrange a team-building event.  Further, communication channels will have the functionality where they can be moderated, for example, to decide whether posts can be replied to, and users will soon be able to cross-channel post – sharing the same message with multiple channels and teams.

 

3. Schedule management for first line workers and grouped updates

Another new feature being rolled-out now to Teams is schedule management for your workforce. This will allow employees to better manage their clocking-in and out directly from the Teams app, registering breaks and shifts at the tap of a button. Managers can enable a geo-fence feature that ensures staff are on the work-site when they clock in and out.

 

Communicating with targeted groups of people will be easier too with targeted messaging, where users can now @mention a job role (such as nurses, or engineers), for example.

 

4. Easily deploy Teams and manage policies for everyone in your organisation

Microsoft have made it easier than ever to deploy Teams, by making it available as part of existing Office 365 ProPlus installations.  IT administrators will also soon have the capability to apply pre-defined policies across all Teams functions – including messaging and meetings, according to your own company IT framework.

 

At Dynamic Edge, we are experts in cloud technology and have completed hundreds of successful Microsoft Office 365 integrations for clients to date.  Get in touch to realise the potential of Microsoft Teams, and the wider suite of Office 365 apps today.

Dynamic Edge wins body weight in Tunnock’s chocolate!

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Staff at Dynamic Edge got a sweet surprise recently when coming into the office, only to find their “body weight in chocolate” piled up and ready to be shared and enjoyed! 

 Back in May, Dynamic Edge CEO Rob Hamilton and Managing Director Stuart Winterburn were attending a dinner as sponsors for London Scottish FC, when they came across an interesting opportunity – the chance to bid in a silent auction for a gigantic haul of Tunnock’s chocolate.  Equivalent to the body weight of the winner (up to a maximum of 15 stone!!), the temptation was too much for Rob and Stuart who decided to make a bid. 

 A few weeks passed before an email arrived – and Rob was pleasantly surprised to learn they had won the chocolates which were going to be delivered soon. Rob and Stuart were delighted as soon they would be able to share out delicious Scottish Tunnock’s chocolate – famous for products such as tea cakes, caramel wafers and snowballs.   

 Speaking to Tunnock’s Managing Director Fergus Loudon, Rob was able to negotiate a mixed variety of chocolate that included milk, dark and Rob’s personal favourite, the chocolate log.   

 The boxes have now been delivered and shared between the teams at Dynamic Edge’s Aberdeen, Inverness and Guildford offices – who received 5 stone each! Staff have been told to help themselves to as much sweet chocolate as they like, but been reminded of the importance of maintaining the “Healthy Employer of the Year 2019” accolade! 

Dynamic Edge Supporting Oor Wullie’s Big Bucket Trail

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The team at Dynamic Edge are proud to be supporting “Oor Wullie’s Big Bucket Trail” by sponsoring one of the exclusive artist-designed sculptures of Oor Wullie – a Scottish comic book hero.

The Big Bucket Trail places iconic “Oor Wullie” art installations, designed by local artists, in locations all over Scotland for a period of 11 weeks. The project encourages members of the public to get out and about to find each unique variation, which have been sponsored by businesses across the country in support of three worthy causes – Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity, Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, and The Archie Foundation.

Dynamic Edge have sponsored the “Oor Gavin” variation, which was designed by artist Michael Small and is a representation of one of the most famous Scottish rugby players, Gavin Hastings. In a nice link, Gavin is also patron of London Scottish, who play in England’s RFU Championship and are also supported via sponsorship from Dynamic Edge.

Commenting on the support for the Trail, Dynamic Edge managing director Stuart Winterburn said: “The Oor Wullie Big Bucket Trail is the first nationwide public art installation ever to come to Scotland, and we were delighted to jump on board with sponsorship of the striking “Oor Gavin” installation.

With our offices in Aberdeen, Inverness, Dundee, Stirling and Guildford we have a real Scottish presence, as well as our shared connection with Gavin Hastings himself who is a patron to London Scottish, who we also support south of the border.

We are proud to play a small part in a very worthwhile campaign benefiting three fantastic charities – in particular the Archie Foundation, who Dynamic Edge have been a long-term supporter of over the years.”

The “Oor Wullies” are around until 30 August 2019, so if you want to get a selfie with them all you’ll need to be fast! See all of them on the official Big Bucket Trail website, including the Dynamic Edge sponsored Oor Gavin which is located at the Aberdeen Sports Village Aquatic Centre. Happy trails!