Outlook – All-Day Events from another time zone do not display consistently

If I view an all-day event in my Outlook calendar that:

  • Was created in a different time zone
  • Goes for multiple days
  • Has all-day event ticked

The event will show as one day shorter than the actual event. The hover preview shows the same (incorrect) number of days. If I open the event, it displays correctly.

Please fix this inconsistency.

Figure: Test event, created in a different time zone for Monday to Thursday – shows as Monday to Wednesday
Figure: The same event (correctly) shows as Monday to Thursday when opened

Suggestion: Teams – Auto remove people from the chat at the end of a call


I am not sure if this is an edge case…. I’d love to know how others work.

On some calls – for example a managers meeting – you want to temporarily add in someone just for a quick question. You don’t want them to remain after the call. It is kind of a security or privacy issue if you don’t remove them.

So I find it really annoying when I forgot to remove them after the call and they probably find it annoying when they get our messages after the call.  So I would prefer not to have to remove the person manually.

Suggestion – next to “Add people”, I think it would be really cool to add a person via an option “Add people (temporarily)”.

Cool suggestion?

Figure: Add new option “Add people (temporarily)”

Teams – ‘Hide’ is in the wrong spot

Little Suggestion:

We have a new feature “Delete” a chat. I’d love to know if people will use it.

I’m not sure I will use it as I like history in chats, but I regularly use ‘Hide” to remove a chat conversation (I am always aiming for a 0 inbox and a 0 chat list).

On the right click menu, notice the last 2 are about getting rid of a chat…. And so is “Hide” chat. Therefore it is in the wrong place.

Please can you move “Hide” with the bottom 2 menu items. Those 3 are related.

Figure: Teams’ Delete Chat Feature

SharePoint App – help me view popular sites

In the SharePoint App, the Find page shows frequent sites and people, which is super useful for quickly getting to sites or people your often interact with. The same Frequent sites functionality can be used in other places in SharePoint with the Sites web part.

Figure: SharePoint App | Find | Frequent Sites and People

It would be great if there was also a Popular Sites section, and even a Popular People section (though that name might need some workshopping!). This would make it easier for users to find important sites quickly, even if they don’t access them often. It would be especially useful for new users.

With this addition, the existing sections may need to be renamed to be clearer, e.g. Frequent Sites would become My Frequent Sites.

Figure: Mockup of the Popular sites section

Help me quickly add the likely members of a new chat group

I have another fantastic idea 😊

We all love Microsoft Teams and I think this UI looks like it is about to be clever, but it is not.

When starting a new chat… 
If I pick 1 person… please attempt to guess the 2nd person I will add to the chat.
People are often related and I know it would be a nice for all Microsoft Teams users if the people picker showed the like people that I will chat with together. 

Today, it doesn’t matter who I pick first in the chat, the search always shows the same people.

Figure: I type ‘Gert’ it pops open people, if I pick ‘Bob’ it pops open the *same* people!

Suggestion

Please pick who I will probably pick next … it should change the people based on who I am adding.

More info:
Delve tells me who I talk to a bit, that would be ok.
But when you talk to a manager, you probably are going to pick another manager.
When I talk to an Azure DevOps engineer, I am probably going to pick another Azure engineer (not a React developer).

GitHub – Azure/Login – Allow custom expiry time for OIDC token

OIDC is the recommendation method to login to Azure from GitHub pipelines now as it provides better security and doesn’t rely on storing a secret.

Currently OIDC login tokens expire in just 5 minutes🔥, causing long running scripts to fail.

Related GitHub Issue: https://github.com/Azure/login/issues/180.

Your Azure credentials have not been set up or have expired, 
1955 | please run Connect-AzAccount to set up your Azure credentials. 
1956 | ClientAssertionCredential authentication failed: A 
1957 | configuration issue is preventing authentication - check the 
1958 | error message from the server for details. You can modify the 
1959 | configuration in the application registration portal. See 
1960 | https://aka.ms/msal-net-invalid-client for details. Original 
1961 | exception: AADSTS700024: Client assertion is not within its 
1962 | valid time range. Current time: 2022-10-20T07:47:12.7446078Z, 
1963 | assertion valid from 2022-10-20T07:37:08.0000000Z, expiry time 
1964 | of assertion 2022-10-20T07:42:08.0000000Z. Review the 
1965 | documentation at

❌ Bad example – Error on deployment – assertion valid from 2022-10-20 07:37 to 2022-10-20 07:42 🔥(5 minutes)

- uses: azure/login@v1
        with:
          client-id: ${{ env.CLIENT_ID }}
          tenant-id: ${{ env.TENANT_ID }}
          subscription-id: ${{ env.SUBSCRIPTION_ID }}
          enable-AzPSSession: true

❌ Bad example – Needs 1 more parameter – (e.g. token-expiry: 30M)

- uses: azure/login@v1
        with:
          client-id: ${{ env.CLIENT_ID }}
          tenant-id: ${{ env.TENANT_ID }}
          subscription-id: ${{ env.SUBSCRIPTION_ID }}
          enable-AzPSSession: true
          token-expiry: 30M

✅ Good example – Allow the token expiry to be set to a more reasonable time

Outlook – Anyone using “Focus time” appointments? (from Viva Insights)

Hey Viva Insights Team,

I liked the idea of Outlook giving me time to do work without interruption. All these little appointments appeared in my calendar and I was going to focus and get work done.

Clearly I was dreaming. Does anyone successfully use the auto created appointments “Focus time”?

Figure: I had heaps of these auto created appointments. People interrupted me anyway, so with a heavy heart, I deleted them

Suggestion #1

> Microsoft Viva Insights has scheduled your focus time in accordance with your focus plan and work week settings. 
> To edit your settings, visit your settings page at Protect Time Settings.

In an Outlook appointment, when I decide to click this link, I expected to see a button “Delete” or “Unsubscribe”

Suggestion #2

When using this people don’t think of it as a “Plan”… I reckon they think of it as a recurring appointment.

So testing it out, I click “Get Started”…

Figure: Try it out by clicking “Get started”

I am just looking, I should be able to click “Cancel”… I did not know what “Leave Plan” was about.

Also popping up these questions should only happen after I have been using it for more than 24 hours.

Figure: This was weird. You don’t want to be asking users questions this early. It is annoying to the user and useless data for Microsoft

Help me have Recurring Appointments

Microsoft Bookings – www.microsoft.com/en-au/microsoft-365/business/scheduling-and-booking-app

This looks to be a nice scheduling & bookings app.

It might work for prospects booking themselves for initial meetings.

I was hoping it might be a bit more powerful. We looked at it for some customer scenarios and discovered it does not support recurring appointments – an instant showstopper!

I guess an alternative to look at now is the Dynamics 365 Resource Scheduling… Anyone use that?

More on Tech Community – Microsoft Bookings.