Since March 2020, the start of Covid-19, we've had to find ways to create engaging virtual experiences at work, whilst working remotely at home. Microsoft have been key players by developing new skillsets within the Microsoft programs such as Microsoft Teams, Office 365 and SharePoint. People often complain about having to use 101 different modes of software for remote collaboration to get work done, but with innovative new Microsoft Teams features, you have more ways to use ONE tool for everyday collaboration and meetings, and now for webinars and external events.

Microsoft have begun the roll out of Webinars and PowerPoint Live, with these capabilities you have new ways to deliver professional and polished presentations in meetings of every size. Does this sound interesting? Well you don't need to purchase a new license or product as these new features will be automatically updated for you in your organisation's plan.

Here's what is in store...

Rich customer engagement now able with Full-featured webinars

You can now organise and hold meetings and webinars for up to 1,000 attendees with Teams. With end-to-end webinar support that’s as simple as setting up a Teams meeting—including custom registration pages and attendee emails, rich presentation options, host controls, such as the ability to disable attendee chat and video, and post-event reporting to understand participation and to follow up with attendees.

Attendee registration page inside of Teams

Having a webinar with more than 1,000 attendees? Teams meetings can seamlessly scale to accommodate a 10,000-person view-only broadcast experience. With a huge increase of working from home, Microsoft have now expanded the attendee limit to 20,000 through the end of this year.

Presenting like a pro is easier than ever!

Delivering impactful and more engaging presentations in a polished and professional way is more do-able than ever with PowerPoint Live and Presenter mode in Microsoft Teams.

Presenters can feel more capable and confident during presentations by bringing together Microsoft’s rich history with presenter experiences in PowerPoint and the collaboration power of Teams.

PowerPoint slide presenter view shown during a Teams meeting

Attendees are able to personalise their experience by privately navigating the content at their own pace or using high contrast mode and screen readers to make content accessible.

Slide translation capabilities

Using Presenter mode, presenters are able to customise how their video feed and content is shown to the audience. The first of three options, Standout mode, shows the speaker’s video feed as a silhouette in front of the shared content; Reporter mode shows content as a visual aid above the speaker’s shoulder, similar to a news broadcast; and Side-by-side mode shows presenter’s video feed alongside their content as they present. Standout mode is now available as of the end of May, and Reporter and Side-by-side will roll out shortly after.

Speaker shown in three layouts view with content

Attendee engagement is just as important after a webinar...

After the event ends, easily access reporting to bring attendee information into your customer relationship management (CRM) applications for lead management and follow-up is important. At the beginning of May, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Marketing customers can export attendee data directly from Teams to automatically create campaigns and customer journeys for ongoing nurture streams. The Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Dynamics 365 Marketing integration gives webinar hosts more ways to drive engagement, increase conversion, and build loyalty with your attendees.

Export contacts from Teams to Dynamics 365 Marketing

Doesn't this sound great? Get started with Webinars in Microsoft Teams today!

Since the new webinar capabilities are already included in many of the Office and Microsoft 365 plans your organization uses today, there’s no reason to not start using them now.

If you would like to explore how to get the most out of online events and webinars using Microsoft Teams, get in touch with Adepteq today. Our expert team can help educate you further- head over to our training page to see how.

 

Read the full Microsoft article here.

Adepteq are excited to share that ClearBox Consulting has today announced their Intranet Choices for 2021 and Omnia has been awarded Intranet Choice Europe.

Since 2016 UK based ClearBox Consulting has published a comprehensive report on intranet in a box-products for SharePoint and Microsoft 365. In 2020 they also released a similar report for independent intranet in a box-products. The purpose of both reports is to help workplace leaders, intranet managers, and IT professionals understand the market and match products to priority requirements. These reports are useful as they allow users to keep up with the growing demands and technology changes.

Over 70 products are covered within the reviews and today ClearBox Consulting has announced their Intranet Choices for 2021. The choices are a selection of products that the UK-based company feels are strong candidates for anyone’s best-fit shortlist.

Omnia has for the fourth year in a row been awarded the badge Intranet Choice Europe.

Anders Fagerlund, Product Offering Lead for Omnia, comments:

– We are thrilled to receive the badge for the fourth year in a row, especially since the choices have been made between all intranet in a box-products in the market – not only the ones designed to work on the Microsoft stack.

– Omnia got the highest possible score for User Experience which always has been a priority for us when developing the product. It was also great to see that the market-leading performance, an area that we have put a lot of effort in, was highlighted in the report.

Johan Schedin Jigland, Product Delivery Lead for Omnia, comments:

– During the last year, we have launched some game-changing new features that have been developed in close collaboration with some of our customers, so I would like to share the award with them. This work includes seamless integration with Microsoft Teams, a concept for mirroring intranet content to users that don’t have Microsoft 365 accounts and more, and I’m sure this has been significant for making Omnia perform well in all reviewed scenarios.

In the review, Omnia is viewed as a capable and pleasant product that works elegantly alongside and on top of Microsoft’s applications. The review also states that “users are likely to be happy with the attractive and easy-to-use approach, while content owners will appreciate the support for creating appealing content and admins will enjoy the degree of flexibility and control that they have.”

Adepteq chose to partner with Omnia as they continue to provide outstanding, and award winning applications for businesses using the Microsoft Cloud. If you would like to see how the Omnia Intranet in a Box solution can support and work for you, get in contact with Ian Loman ( ian.loman@adepteq-omnia.com) to book a demo.

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