My favorite Office 365 release of 2016 is definitely Microsoft Teams. In only a couple weeks, I have become a huge fan and was able to integrate Teams in our pre-sales and project process. The way we use Microsoft Teams at Sparked is going to get its own blog. So keep an eye out. One of the reasons I love Microsoft Teams is the fun factor. I am talking of course about giphy, smilies, stickers and memes. Let me show you an example.
The following screenshot contains a conversation with the fun factor. I asked a question to my colleagues about the availability of lunch before a Microsoft CIE session:
I applied a giphy as a response because I can. Shoot me, I love it. Giphy makes me laugh all the time. Just let me. So, how does this work? Very easy. Just click on the smiley icon in the conversation bar and the following screen appears:
You get a wide selection of stickers, memes, giphy and smilies. Recently a search bar got included to search through the endless archives of Giphy. I always thought I was pretty up-to-date with Internet stuff but I have to admit, I must have missed the Bummer Bert and Teamsquatch release.
I can imagine some people getting annoyed by all these “funny” conversations and replies. Don’t worry, you can turn the madness off! The Office 365 Administration Portal contains a couple options. Just go to Settings, Apps and Microsoft Teams:
Please don’t turn if off in the tenant though. Let people like me have some fun. We need it. Every Team has options to disable certain fun factors:
These settings allow you to find a balance in the giphy, memes, smiley and sticker madness.