Help Chinese Android users know how to download Teams

In China, everything is hard and amazing. Chinese users on an iPhone have no trouble downloading Teams.
Android users, talk about plenty of pain if they go down the wrong route.

Basically, they find it hard to download. The Teams website, tells you to download it via the Google store which is bad advice in China (all Google services are blocked by the Great Firewall of China 🇨🇳).

Here is one example of a senior developer:

  • It took me about 4 hours to install Teams, more specifically to download it
  • I tried to install it via Google services first, but obviously, it failed.
  • Then I searched and downloaded 3 APK files from my PC, but all of them are too old.
  • Finally, I installed it from Mi store (aka Xiaomi store).

In summary:
In China, no you don’t need a get on a VPN to get Teams downloaded. For an Android user, you have 2 options to install. You can install it via the Mi store or AppChina. The Mi store is the best approach – Eden Liang (from SSW in Hangzhou) has recorded a video to help others. Here is the video:

Help me move part of a conversation

I am on a mobile device a lot E.g. iOS and often people send tasks on it.

Currently, I can only select 1 message at a time and copy and paste somewhere else.

Suggestion:

Allow me to select a bunch of messages and pop up the menu and see:

  • Copy and paste
  • Send to a new email
  • Send to OneNote
  • Send to Azure DevOps work item
  • Send to Trello

Figure: I want to combine these 4 messages and send to an email

What does ‘ok’ mean?

During a sprint review, I watched Alvin enter a whole lot of data, close the form, click ‘ok’ and then lose all his work. Grrr!

Let’s change the OK button!

See below…

Figure 1: The default OK button tend to lead people not save the changes

The default ‘OK’ button led me to not save the changes. Which was very confusing!

On the other hand, most apps have the default button as Save the changes (e.g. Microsoft Word).

That is much more user-friendly.

Figure 2: The default button always saves the changes

This is important and in my opinion, I hope Microsoft fix this to make more sense.

Make ‘more information’ data on exported audit logs in multiple columns

From the audit result, if you double-click a line and then click “More information”, here is what you see :

Figure: audit log results detail panel after clicking “more info”

Which is great! A lot of useful information in there!

However, if you export the Audit result, here is what you get :

Figure: audit log results exported to excel

The whole “More information” data is a single column !!

It is indeed easy to format but requires extra work, and is not ideal.

Suggestion: make these information extra columns in the export!

Show the source Site Collection on search results

Consider this search result:

Figure: audit log results

When I click on “Details” (or double click), I can see :

Figure: audit log results detail panel

This is terribly misleading ! The source is displayed as “/Shared Documents/xxx”, which I assumed being “sswcom.sharepoint.com/Shared Documents/xxx”, but is in fact “sswcom.sharepoint.com/sites/SSWNetworkAdmins/Shared Documents/xxx”. The displayed path is indeed relative, but relative to the site collection, not the whole tenant. Which is misleading in a “unified” log (where results can come from pretty much any site collection).

Suggestion: I would love to have options to:

  1. See the source Site Collection
  2. Filter down & sort by Site Collection

Help me search for root site only (no subsites)

The “File, Folder or Site” box shouldn’t a simple text filter.

Say I want to have results for my root site only (sswcom.SharePoint.com) – without subsites (say, sswcom.SharePoint.com/sysadmins), I have currently no way of doing it. Searching for “sswcom.sharepoint.com” will give me results that are in subsites or pretty much anything that includes “sswcom.sharepoint.com”.

Suggestion: Either implement “smart” search with the keyword (E.g. “sswcom.sharepoint.com” AND (NOT “sswcom.sharepoint.com/sysadmin”)) OR add a multi-select dropdown to pick the sources (sites, subsites, teams, etc…)

Figure: “file, folder or site” filter box at the bottom of search criteria