Introduction to Microsoft Teams
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Introduction to Microsoft Teams. Chat-centered workspace in Office 365. Agenda. Microsoft Teams Introduction Microsoft Teams Features Microsoft Teams Requirements Appendix Items. Goals of this Training. Get an understanding of what Microsoft Teams can do for you
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Introduction to Microsoft Teams Chat-centered workspace in Office 365
Agenda • Microsoft Teams Introduction • Microsoft Teams Features • Microsoft Teams Requirements • Appendix Items
Goals of this Training • Get an understanding of what Microsoft Teams can do for you • Highlight some key features to help increase your organizations productivity • Identify the Licensing, Deployment and Software requirements
Out of Scope • How to Deploy Microsoft Teams • Settings Management • Overview of Meetings • Chat Services
How our work has changed N O W T H E N Employees work on 2x more teams now than they did five years ago1 1 Source: 2009, 2014 US IW Survey
Ineffective collaboration has real costs Agility Takes longer to make and execute decisions Quality Worse decisions due to incomplet data Innovation Discoveries aren’t leveraged in other areas
Office 365: Complete Group Collaboration Solution Addressing the unique needs and workstyle of each group Call and meet Chat Email and schedule Create, share, find content Connect across the org Trust Control on your terms with cross application security & compliance Graph Discover content and people with cross application intelligence Groups Move from task to task with cross application group membership
Chat-based workspace in Office 365 Chat for today’s teams A hub for teamwork Security teams trust Customizable for each team Communicate in the moment and keep everyone in the know Give your team quick access to information they need right in Office 365 Get the enterprise-level security and compliance features you expect from Office 365. Tailor your workspace to include content and capabilities your team needs every day.
Teams and Channels Helps groups of people get organized with more focused conversations.
Teams Teams are the overall group of people working on a project. They can range in size from a small product team to a larger organization.
Creating Teams Create teams by adding member individually by email aliases or security groups. Every new team will have a default favorite channel called General, you can use it for whatever you like.
Channels Teams are made up of Channels, each covering a different topic. Only favorited Channels will show up in the left pane, other channels will show up if there is a notification for you. The remaining channels can be accessed by clicking more.
Creating Channels Channels are open to everyone on the Team, so anyone can drop in and see what everyone is talking about. Channels can be created to cover Topics, Departments, or Projects.
Teams Owners • There can only be 10 owners per Team • Owners can: • Add new members and other owners • Manage Team settings: • Enable\Disable @Mentioning • Allowing GIFs, stickers, memes, and moderation settings • Rename the Team • Delete the Team
Teams Members • There can be as many as 600 members per Team • Members can add additional channels to the team
Productive Chat Threaded conversations
Threaded Conversations In channels you can reply directly to a message, keeping the discussion easy to follow.
Like and Save messages At the top right corner of all messages in Channels, you have an option to like messages or save them for later. Saved messages will be kept in Saved along the left rail.
Documents and Conversations You can review a file with the conversation along side it. When you give feedback and comment, it’ll also appear back in the channel so no one loses the history.
Mention Team Members You can also bring people’s attention by @Mentioning them, just type the @ symbol before their name. And if you admin enables it, you can @mention your whole team or any channel.
Ways to Express Yourself Everything from emojis to GIFs to stickers and memes that you can actually edit, are there for you to showcase the personality of your team and add some flare to the conversation.
Private Conversations Open team channels are great for collaboration, but sometimes you need to talk privately
Chat By selecting Chat along the left side of the application, you can have private conversations with your teammates.
Group Chat Simple click the new chat icon and type the names of the people you want to add to a conversation. You can add up to nine people in a group chat.
Sharing Files You can add files from your computer or OneDrive for Business account
Meetings Microsoft Teams makes it easy for people in a channel to go from a group conversation to a meeting.
Start a Meeting In a channel conversation, click the Meet Now icon in the compose box. Or keep all the context of an existing conversation by clicking the Meet Now icon in the reply box.
Notify Team Members of the Meeting Once you’re in, you can invite the people from your conversation, or anyone from the team by clicking on their name.
Find a Meeting While you’re waiting for people to join, other team members who follow the channel will see that a meeting has started. They don’t need to join the meeting to see who’s in attendance.
Join a Meeting One click, and you are in the meeting.
Full Bleed Video Leveraging the full width of the screen, the audio and video experience make remote team members feel like they’re really part of the conversation.
Share your screen Once you are in the meeting, you can share you desktop. The content layout lets everyone see what’s being shared. Along with people’s facial expressions.
Meeting History Once the meeting is done, people who couldn’t join will see that the meeting happened in the context of the conversation.
Scheduled Meetings On demand meetings are great if you need to meet at a moment’s notice, but what if you want to schedule a meeting ahead of time? We’ve got you covered.
Tabs and Connectors Allow you to integrate the tools and services you love right into your chat or channel
Tabs Tabs are always visible at the top and stay with the conversation, so everyone can get to them easily.
Default Tabs You automatically get a couple of tabs. Files that get uploaded will live in the Files tab and notes people add will live in the Notes tab.
Add a Tab There are a variety of data and services you can integrate into your channel using tabs.
Planner A planner for tracking tasks and managing work items.
Chat about a Tab You can start a conversation in the Tab. Team members can follow the discussion here, or back in the conversation Tab.
Connectors Office 365 Connectors in Microsoft Teams
Connectors Connectors allow your Microsoft Teams users to receive updates right from popular services such as Twitter, Trello, Wunderlist, GitHub, and VSTS. Updates show up as rich cards in channels.
Connector Framework • For a more comprehensive list of Connectors and introduction to connectors check out Connect apps to your groups • If you’re interested in building your own Connectors, check out the Office 365 Connectors development site
Bots Bots allow users to complete tasks such as querying information and performing commands
T-Bot T-Bot gets you using Microsoft Teams quickly and more effectively by answering your questions and providing help. Type a question directly to T-Bot in a chat or browse the menu.
Bot Framework • Integrate existing line of business systems with Microsoft Teams via a bot • A full suite of indispensable bots are coming soon • Check out the Microsoft Bot Framework
O365 Licensing Requirements Microsoft Teams is currently available in preview to customers with • Business Essentials • Business Premium • Enterprise E1, E3, and E5 subscriptions. • Existing E4 subscriptions (Retired SKU)
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How to Present PowerPoint Slides in Microsoft Teams
Ready to elevate your virtual presentations in Microsoft Teams? Discover three distinct methods to deliver flawless PowerPoint presentations.
A successful PowerPoint presentation extends beyond just the content—its delivery is just as important, especially in a virtual space like Microsoft Teams.
In Microsoft Teams, you can choose to present your slide deck by sharing your entire screen, PowerPoint window, or using the Microsoft Teams' PowerPoint Live feature. Let's explore how you can use each of these three methods and discuss their pros and cons.
Method 1: Share Screen
Sharing your screen in Microsoft Teams is pretty easy and straightforward. It's best to minimize or close unnecessary tabs before joining the Microsoft Teams meeting to avoid exposing sensitive information. Once you're confident in your screen's content, follow the steps below:
- A red border appears around your desktop, indicating you're sharing your screen.
- Present your PowerPoint slideshow.
Sharing your screen is a straightforward method, especially when you want to present other documents besides your PowerPoint slideshow. However, the downside is that you may accidentally reveal sensitive information.
Method 2: Share PowerPoint Window
If you want only to present your PowerPoint slide deck, it's best to share just that window. Here's how:
- A red border will appear around your PowerPoint window, indicating you're sharing just that window.
- Launch your slides in slideshow mode and start presenting.
- Open the Microsoft Teams window and click Stop sharing when you're done presenting.
Sharing just your PowerPoint window prevents accidental display of sensitive desktop content. Even if you switch windows, viewers only see the PowerPoint presentation.
However, this method also has its limitations. One of the main limits is that you can't view your PowerPoint speaker notes without the audience seeing them as well. You also can't access Microsoft Teams features like the chat and reactions during your presentation.
Additionally, If your network connection has low bandwidth or slow upload speed , sharing your screen can result in a blurry and stuttering presentation for the audience. Thankfully, the PowerPoint Live feature provides the solution to these issues.
Method 3: Use PowerPoint Live
Presenting with the PowerPoint Live feature is easy and provides additional benefits. Your audience only sees the slides, while you get to see all the extra controls that come with the presenter view. When using the presenter view in your presentation, you have a few helpful tools at your disposal:
- You can easily adjust the font size of your slide notes to make them more readable.
- To navigate between slides, simply click on the corresponding thumbnail.
- You can use the laser pointer, pen, or highlighter tools to draw attention to specific areas of a slide.
- Use the Standout layout to place your camera feed on the slide without the background.
- Use the Cameo layout to insert yourself into the slide, provided you've set up Cameo to record customized camera feeds .
Here's how you can use PowerPoint Live to share your presentation:
- When it's your turn to present, click Share .
- When you're done presenting, click Stop sharing in the top toolbar.
The PowerPoint Live feature tackles the limitations of sharing your entire screen or PowerPoint window. It also comes with really cool features like co-presenting and allowing attendees to click on links in the presentation.
Your Audience's View When Using PowerPoint Live
In addition to the main slide view, your audience also has access to the slide navigation, grid, and more options controls (the three dots icon below the slides).
This means they can navigate the slides at their own pace and change specific slide settings to suit their preference without affecting your view and that of others. If you find this non-ideal for delivering an engaging presentation , you can disable the audience's navigation control. To do so, enable Private view in the top toolbar.
By default, each meeting attendee joins as a presenter. This means they can share their own content or control someone else's presentation. If that's not what you want, you can change each person's meeting roles in Microsoft Teams to prevent it.
Deliver a Seamless Presentation Experience in Microsoft Teams
Presenting your PowerPoint slides in Microsoft Teams might seem tricky at first, but once you get the hang of it, it's a piece of cake. Practice makes perfect. So before your next Teams presentation, familiarize yourself with your chosen method to ensure an effective delivery.
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How to Share a PowerPoint Presentation on Microsoft Teams
In recent years many remote meeting tools like Microsoft Teams and Zoom have become the norm for regular remote meetings. If you’re new to Microsoft Teams, the chances are you are still finding your way around various options. One of the most common questions a Microsoft Teams newbie might ask is how to share PowerPoint on Teams.
What is Microsoft Teams?
Microsoft Teams is a messaging app by Microsoft for online collaboration and remote meetings that comes integrated with Microsoft 365. It provides a real-time workspace where end users can collaborate via chat, Teams Channels, Live calls, etc. Microsoft Teams also integrates with other Microsoft products like PowerPoint and OneDrive, enabling instant file sharing via the cloud.
Why use Microsoft Teams to Present Your PowerPoint Presentations?
Many organizations use Microsoft Teams for online collaboration and remote meetings. Organizations with integrated Microsoft products like its Windows operating system, Microsoft Office, and Azure Active Directory prefer Teams as the primary internal and external communication app. Organizations use Microsoft Teams to provide secure accounts to employees, with two-factor authentication and data encryption. These accounts are integrated into the Active Directory, providing scalability and control for IT administrators to offer people within an organization an online collaboration platform that can be securely used within the limits of the organization’s data protection policies.
While there are many alternatives to Microsoft teams, such as Zoom and Google Meet, the integration of teams with other Microsoft products, such as Azure, Microsoft Office apps, and OneDrive, makes it attractive within a secure enterprise environment.
How to Present Your PowerPoint slides on Teams
There are two main methods for sharing PPTs on teams. This includes sharing a PowerPoint file directly and presenting your slide deck before one or more meeting participants, or perhaps PowerPoint templates or Google Slides templates to help a colleague design a slide deck.
How to Attach and Share Your PowerPoint Slides on Teams
To share a PowerPoint file on teams, go to an ongoing conversation or meeting window and click Attach files . This will provide you with the option to either fetch a file via OneDrive or from your device. This option can be used for sharing PowerPoint files and other types of files, such as documents, spreadsheets, videos, compressed files, etc.
When sharing a file, you can add a message optionally before hitting Send .
The recipient and the sender can download the file, open it in a browser, or copy the file link for further sharing.
How to Present Your PowerPoint Slides on Teams
Use the share button in powerpoint.
You can also directly present your slide deck via Teams by sharing your screen to start a Live presentation during a remote meeting instantly. Suppose your organization uses Teams regularly. In that case, the chances are you will be using it for presentations during remote meetings; therefore, it’s essential to know how to use the screen-sharing option to present online.
Share Screen to Present a PowerPoint Presentation
If you share your screen, this will show the audience whatever is visible on the entire screen on your device.
Share PowerPoint Window to Present Your Slides
If you intend to hide parts of your screen, you can simply share the relevant PowerPoint window so that your audience can only view the presentation. During a Live call, click the Share button and select your screen or window to share.
5 Features to Make the Most from Your Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation Sharing in Teams
Microsoft Teams offers a wide array of features that make it a robust remote meeting and online collaboration app since it leverages the full force of Microsoft 365 and other Microsoft products.
1. Translate Slides into a Different Language
This is a private feature that individuals can use to translate slides in their language instantly. As a presenter, you can ask your audience to use this feature if they deem it convenient to help bridge a gap that might exist due to a language barrier.
Slides can be viewed in a different language via More actions > Translate Slides . From the drop-down list, you can pick a preferred language.
2. Use Live Captions
Microsoft Teams supports Live Captions / Closed Captions (CC) to help persons with disabilities, including those suffering from hearing impairment. Closed Captions can also be helpful for people to translate or view text in a preferred language.
Turn on Live Captions: To enable Live Captions on Teams, go to More options > Turn on live captions . Translate Spoken Language: To translate Live Captions, go to Captions settings > Change spoken language .
Turn Off Live Captions: You can turn off Live captions anytime via More actions > Turn off live captions .
3. View Slides in High Contrast
Viewing slides in high contrast on Teams can have several benefits. For example, it helps you focus on the content and is also helpful for people with visual impairment. To configure your slides to appear in high contrast, follow the steps below:
1. Launch your PowerPoint presentation.
2. Click on the Present tab at the top of the window.3. Go to More action > View slides in high contrast .
4. Annotate your Slides in Real Time
Like any standard remote meeting app, Microsoft Teams also provides a number of handy annotation options to help you make the most out of your PowerPoint presentations. You can click on Start annotation when sharing your full screen during presentations to start annotating slides.
Powered by Microsoft Whiteboard, this powerful feature enables one or more meeting participants or the presenter to annotate presentations. It can also be a helpful feature when you’re looking to collaborate online during a Live presentation.
5. Pop Out the Window
You can separate the presentation window from the Teams window to make it easier to work with the two. This feature can be handy when working with multiple monitors or separating the two windows from uncluttering your screen. You can use this option by clicking on the Pop-out option from the toolbar during a screen-sharing session.
How to Stop Presenting on Teams
When presenting your slide deck, you can also present your PowerPoint presentation using any view, be it as a SlideShow or in Normal view. Once you’re done presenting, click Stop Presenting to conclude your session. Furthermore, you can also choose to enable or disable your camera and computer sound when presenting your slides.
To turn off screen sharing during a remote meeting, you can click Stop Sharing .
Present in Teams Button in PowerPoint is Missing. How to Fix it?
Some users might have used the Present in Teams option to share a PowerPoint presentation during a meeting. Suppose you are wondering why the Present in Teams button in PowerPoint Presentations is missing. In that case, this option isn’t available for anyone using the free version of Teams, as only users with a paid subscription, such as a Business Standard or Business Premium Plan. Furthermore, you must share your PowerPoint presentation with OneDrive to use this option. To use the Present in Teams option, upload your PowerPoint presentation to OneDrive. You can do this via File > Save As > OneDrive .
Once done, the Present in Teams button will become available to instantly launch your presentation for sharing during a Teams call.
5 Tips to Make your Presentation a Success on Microsoft Teams
Presenting PowerPoint in Teams can require being mindful of a number of things. This includes accounting for brevity to ensure your presentation does not take more than its designated time, using slides that are suitable for remote meetings. Below is a list of 5 tips to make your presentation successful using Microsoft Teams.
1. Check Your Audio and Video Settings
One of the most annoying problems faced during remote meetings is technical failures such as no or low audio quality. This becomes even more annoying when the meeting organizer or a presenter during their session faces the issue, wasting precious time. This is why you must check your audio and video settings beforehand to ensure everything works correctly. If you need to play a video during your session, make a test call with a colleague and get feedback if the sound and video quality are up to the mark.
2. Make Sure Your Slides are Clear and Concise
Presentations delivered via Microsoft Teams will often take place during scheduled remote meetings. This means that you will have to account for the designated time given for your session, which is why you must ensure that your slides are clear and concise.
3. Use Animations and Transitions Sparingly
Since remote meetings will be attended by participants using different types of computers and mobile devices, some animations and transitions might not be suitable. This is because they can cause Teams to slow down, or the slides might not display appropriately via screen sharing. For example, 3D animations , GIF animations , and objects with elaborate PowerPoint animated sequences might cause issues when displayed via Teams.
4. Keep Your Slides on Topic
One of the banes of remote meetings is how a discussion can go off-topic very quickly. This is why it’s best to ensure that your slides remain focused on the topic and additional discussions are discouraged during the presentation session.
5. Use Team Members’ Names Sparingly to Call Out Specific Points
Calling out team members for their opinion or advice during a remote meeting can quickly lead to a very lengthy and off-topic discussion. This is why it’s best to call out team members’ sparingly. If you have been using Teams or other remote meeting apps long enough, you would have learned by now that for some topics, it’s best to ask participants to schedule a separate meeting so that the ongoing discussion remains on track.
Other Issues to Troubleshoot while presenting a PowerPoint presentation on Microsoft Teams
Someone has already set up Teams for your organization’s error
If you’re using a premium subscription for Microsoft Teams managed by your organization’s IT team, you might get an error when logging in to Teams. In such a case, you might get the following error:
“Someone has already set up Teams for your organization.”
If you see the error message mentioned above, this means that your account isn’t ready yet, and you need to contact your organization’s IT team to ask when your account might be ready for use.
We’re sorry–we’ve run into an issue error.
Another prevalent issue is when the following error message appears:
“We’re sorry–we’ve run into an issue.”
This is a generic message, and usually, it can be resolved by clicking the Restart button that appears below the error. In case the issue isn’t resolved after restarting the Teams app, ensure your Internet connection is working. More often than not, the issue is associated with the Internet connection. If the issue persists, you can clear your cache , reinstall Teams or contact your IT support team. The error can also occur if there is an outage affecting Microsoft products or if there is a configuration issue for Microsoft 365 accounts associated with your organization.
Using Microsoft Teams to share a presentation file is easy enough. However, when presenting a PowerPoint presentation in Teams, you must decide how to present your slide deck. If you need to switch back and forth between your slides and another document, spreadsheet, or browser window, it might be best to share your entire screen. However, if you wish to focus only on the slide deck, sharing your Window can help you avoid sharing the rest of your screen with the audience.
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Need to create a digital presentation? There are loads of options to choose from.
Google Slides, Apple Keynote, Canva and Prezi are all worth considering, but there’s one app that probably comes to mind first.
Microsoft’s PowerPoint remains the go-to for many people, combining ease of use with an excellent range of features.
But there’s one big problem: you usually need to pay to access the app. This starts $149.99 / £119.99 for a standalone version alongside other Office apps, or £79.99 / $99.99 per year as part of a Microsoft 365 subscription.
However, the good news is that there are three totally free (and legal) ways to use PowerPoint totally free of charge. Here’s what you need to know.
Option 1 – Web version
Accessing Microsoft PowerPoint and other core Office programs is free via the web, and all you’ll need is a Microsoft account.
Head over to office.com and click ‘Sign in’ to enter your details. If you don’t yet have an account, choose ‘Sign up for the free version of Office’ and follow the instructions.
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Once that’s complete, you’ll be taken to your main office homepage. From the left pane, choose ‘Create’ then ‘Presentation’ to open a new PowerPoint document.
As you can see, there’s also the option to create documents in Word and PowerPoint here, alongside Outlook and a free version of Microsoft Teams. These are all ‘Web Apps’, meaning you can only use them via your browser and not a desktop app. When you work on a file here, it will be saved to OneDrive, Microsoft’s cloud storage service.
In fact, you probably have Google to thank for this software being available in web app form. Its free Docs, Sheets and Slides software and their integration with Google Drive made it difficult for Microsoft to keep asking users to pay.
Check out our guide to the best cloud storage services to see how both compare to the rest of the competition.
The web version of PowerPoint is a more stripped-back version of the software, so the comparison to Google Slides is more reasonable than the full desktop program. Nonetheless, both services should provide everything a casual user is looking for.
Option 2 – Use on mobile
Perhaps again in response to Google, Microsoft’s Office mobile applications are completely free and available across modern mobile devices.
You can download the Microsoft PowerPoint app for Android and iOS . While Microsoft understandably reserves some premium features for its Office 365 subscription, the mobile apps are still very capable and offer integration with OneDrive.
Option 3 – Check if your school or workplace gets it free
Many employers offer Microsoft 365 apps to their employees free of charge. Even if your work email address ends with the name of the company you work for, it may still be used to sign into a Microsoft account. Of course, you may be working in an office job where Excel and the like are already the defaults.
If your school has signed up to Microsoft 365 Education, all staff and students should be able access Office apps for free. To check, enter your education email address on the Microsoft website .
But if your school isn’t yet signed up and you’re in a position to change that, compare plans and begin the sign-up process here .
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Cameo for PowerPoint and Microsoft Teams
Taking storytelling to the next level by inserting your live camera feed directly into your powerpoint story.
"Favorite PowerPoint feature from the last year. I think it’s a great demonstration of how the PowerPoint team is continuing to push this 35-year-old piece of software to be more useful for everyone." – Richard Goring, Director, BrightCarbon
About Cameo for PowerPoint and Microsoft Teams
Put your live camera feed into your PowerPoint deck with Cameo. Use with Recording Studio to make more inviting recorded presentations. Apply all the same transitions and effects you can to an image or shape.
Cameo is a cross-platform feature that seamlessly integrates into any video conferencing application, available in Win32, Mac, iOS and Web. It supports virtual cameras (IP camera), webcams, and production quality or DSLR cameras. While presenting in a Microsoft Teams meeting, Cameo supports the ability to use your Microsoft Teams avatar instead of your camera feed.
With hybrid work, it became clear that finding ways to make presentations more engaging and interactive for a remote audience was needed, and part of that was enabling live video feeds into presentations. Using hackathons, the Office and PowerPoint team were able to move the idea forward. “When the pandemic hit, we knew we had to start redefining remote presentations. We were able to build on the progress made in hackathons to create Cameo,” said Shawn Villaron, VP of PowerPoint. Adding to the suite of existing powerful features like PowerPoint Recording Studio and PowerPoint Designer, Cameo was released in 2022 to bring presenters and their stories closer together.
Cameo originally began as a project from the 2019 Microsoft Global Hackathon. The Hackathon is a unique event for all Microsoft employees to turn their own ideas into proof-of-concepts. Projects range from hobby or passion projects to things related to existing services or products, the latter being the case for Cameron Kikoen, Lishan Yu, and Alexandre Gueniot who are part of the PowerPoint engineering team. It all started when Alex, Cameron, and Lishan were having lunch in the cafeteria before the 2019 Hackathon week, chatting about signature scenes and catchphrases in movies. As the experts in PowerPoint slide show rendering, they got excited about a hack idea: place a live camera feed into adventurous scenes created by PowerPoint slides, to enable the presenter to perform live acting right in slide show. Cameron said “it’s like we are making a cameo in our own presentation — wait…” and that’s when the project was officially born! The team then implemented the hack, and created several examples of how Cameo can shine in business and education scenarios.
The original Hackathon project members continued the project in the 2020 Hackathon, recruiting more members to the project and adding capabilities to the cameo prototype. This time, they focused on stitching a live presenter’s video feed into a PowerPoint presentation in a Microsoft Teams meeting. This integration with Microsoft Teams meant presenters could now make their camera more prominent or blend better in their slide content. They also explored support for multiple presenters’ cameras in the same presentation and tensor flow background removal.
Next was the Experiences & Devices division-wide hackathon in 2021, where they hacked on how to bring Cameo to the PowerPoint Desktop application. They prototyped the ability to insert a live camera feed object in a presentation, and just like any insertable shape, the Cameo camera object could be moved, cropped, and morphed anywhere on the slide. They built a variety of options to blur, remove, change background or apply animation and video effects to the video feed. A whole range of avatar animations was also cleverly showcased to capture audience attention.
The Hackathon projects were compelling enough to launch Cameo from hack project to an official feature that prompted an entire product team to finish building it, bringing it to every Office user in 2022 at production quality.
“This was an exciting project to bring to our customers, that involved solving complex technical challenges across various platforms and environments. It was awesome to see the entire project team adopt and utilize the feature in our own meetings throughout the entire development phase, which really drove home to everyone the impact of this PowerPoint feature!” – Dave McDonald, Principal Software Engineering Manager.
The journey of converting a prototype in 2019 to shipping a polished, multi-platform experience in 2022 in the top presentation software in the industry involved many people. The PowerPoint team came with the need to look at the solution holistically from multiple aspects. Rolly Seth, Senior Product Manager, took the lead in productization of this product capability. The vision was to help PowerPoint users create immersive yet highly accessible stories by integrating their live camera feed in the slides. Anything a picture can do in PowerPoint, camera should be able to do the same with the same ease of access, configurability, and super low learning curve. Additional engineers led by Dave McDonald were hired to take up this challenge, along with Stephanie Horn further helping from product management and Mike Gilmore from the design side.
Bringing Cameo to PowerPoint Live in Microsoft Teams was a joint effort between the Office Video team, PowerPoint, and Microsoft Teams, with several groups helping to prototype, implement, and productize the feature in Microsoft Teams: The Video Extensibility Team in China, the Edge, Slimcore and Electron Teams in Redmond, each played key roles in finding solutions to many technically challenging problems along the journey. “The engineers and PMs from these teams set a great example for cross geo collaboration to execute this distributed project in an efficient manner,” said Rajat Chamria, Principal Software Engineer.
This product was novel and a differentiator in various aspects. In addition to cross platform support, namely desktop and Mac, Cameo needed to seamlessly work across both PowerPoint and Microsoft Teams natively. Alongside live meeting support, async video recording support was also needed. Overall, the product needed to be hybrid-first focused. As the PM driver for PowerPoint Cameo, Rolly worked with global, multi-disciplinary teams to make the vision a reality.
Currently millions of PowerPoint users have integrated PowerPoint Cameo in their presentations and is being used with a diverse set of users such as individuals with accessibility needs – Using Cameo with Recording Studio for Microsoft Teams .
Versatile, powerful, and easy to use, PowerPoint Cameo infuses energy and interactivity to slides for a variety of audiences and scenarios, from creating comics, to visual storytelling, school reports and assignments, and presentations in the hybrid workspace, for consumers, students, educators, and professionals everywhere.
2019 hack team : Alexandre Gueniot, Cameron Kikoen, Lishan Yu
2020 hack team : Alexandre Gueniot, Bharath Ramanathan, Cameron Kikoen, Lishan Yu, Mike Gilmore, Rajat Chamria
2021 hack team : Alexandre Gueniot, Chung Chen, James Hong, Joshua Doctors, Mike Gilmore, Rolly Seth, Song Yue Yu
PowerPoint Cameo product team (who helped ship the capability to millions of customers in PowerPoint and Teams – in alphabetical order): Aarnav Ram, Aditya Raj, Anand Arumugam, Aparna Jethani, Ayushi Singhal, Bo Lu, Dane Gottwald, Darshan Bavaria, Dave McDonald, Ermin Kozica, Gajendra Jatav, Gaurav Chaula, Harold Gomez, Ishan Sharma, Jagrat Patidar, Jayakumar Jayaraj, Jess Kwok, Jian Wang(Halsey), Jonathan Holley, Lena Yeoh, Lihang Cao, Mario Novoselec, Matt Kernek, Meg Mitchell, Mike Gilmore, Milan Burda, Nakul Madaan, Omar Amin, Oscar Antezana Chavez, Piyush Tyagi, Qiongfang Zhang, Rajat Chamria, Ravikiran Ramachandra, Ridhima Gupta, Rolly Seth, Ryan Meyers, Sameeksha Jain, Sarah Zaki, Shain Heuer, Shivani Gupta, Shweta Gupta, Siliang Kang, Song Yue Yu, Stephanie Horn, Sunggook Chue (Edge Team), Sushmita Singh, Swayamsiddha Priyadarshi, Tarun Kumar Vashistha, Tarun Malik, Taylor Macmillan, Tiphanie Lau, Tiffany Smith, Vinay Pareek, Xiaoyi Wang, Xin Pan, Yinran Li, Yiru Yang, Yubo Tian
Apart from core team, several other members have also helped throughout this journey –
Special Thanks to: Shawn Villaron, Alexandre Gueniot, Lishan Yu, Amit Gulati, Ramesh R, Dan Swett, Bobby Kishore, Marcus Ash, Cameron Kikoen, Aristide Apodaca Aragon, Jacob Adams, Joshua Doctors, Michael Dalton, Srishti Sridhar, Sarang Kapadia, Chakradeep (Chaks) Chinnakonda Chandran, Amit Gulati, Chad Ross, Kim Denny, Aleta Bashaw, Emily Tohir, Mike McCoy, David Pond, Brittany Mederos, Derek Johnson, Kirk Gregerson, Priyanka Sinha, Andrea Eoanau, Barbara Kim, Amya Rai, Neeraj Sharma, Jon Johnstone, Peter Wu, Michael Levesque, Minliang Zhou, Xukai Wu, Yiping Chai, Anuj Pratap Singh Yadav, Deepak Kumar Garg, Jatin Bansal, Kunal Agrawal, Pranjal Saxena, Nitin Chaudhary, Umang Ahlawat, Varun Seth, Alice Lu, Stephanie Blucker, Armelle O’Neal, Doug Thomas, Roger Haight, David Hirning, James Hong, Damian Marcinek, Saumya Chandra, Jing Jin, Cindy Alvarez, TJ Nicholson, Prateek Diyanshu, various OXO & Microsoft Teams drivers (Privacy, Security, Accessibility, Compliance), Interns (Jessica Treviño Caballero, Eva Cristina Beltran Reyes, Evelyn Tran), and PowerPoint & Microsoft Teams MVPs.
This has been truly a One Microsoft effort.
Integrate a live camera feed into your presentation with cameo in PowerPoint (microsoft365.com)
Add a live camera feed with cameo in PowerPoint for Mac (microsoft365.com)
How to turn your PowerPoint presentation into a video
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Power bi february 2024 feature summary.
Welcome to the Power BI February 2024 update. We’ve got a lot of great features this month. Here are some key highlights:
- Visual calculations make it easier than ever to do calculations that were very hard or even impossible.
- The Power BI home provides a centralized location for all your Power BI desktop activities.
- Fabric Copilot for Power BI can now add measure descriptions to your semantic model measures.
- The Power BI add in now supports shareable links to make it easier for people to consume reports.
- The new Explore feature gives you a better understanding of what’s in the data you’re exploring.
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This is a unique opportunity to meet the Microsoft product teams building these technologies, the customers betting their businesses on them, and the partners that are at the forefront of deployment and adoption. Engage with this vibrant community, learn from their real-world experiences, stay abreast of the latest developments.
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- Version number: v: 2.126.927.0
- Date published: 02/16/2024
On-object Interaction Updates
- Enhanced Reference Layer in Power BI Azure Maps Visual
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A new way of doing calculations has arrived! You can now add calculations directly on your visual using visual calculations, which are DAX calculations that are defined and executed directly on a visual. A calculation can refer to any data in the visual, including columns, measures, or other visual calculations. This approach removes the complexity of the semantic model and simplifies the process of writing DAX. You can use visual calculations to complete common business calculations such as running sums or moving averages. Visual calculations make it easy to do calculations that were previously very hard or even almost impossible to do.
To use visual calculations while in preview, you need to enable it in Options and Settings ➡️ Options ➡️ Preview features . Select visual calculations and select OK . Visual calculations will be enabled after Desktop is restarted.
To add a visual calculation, you first need to select a visual. Next, select the New calculation button in the ribbon:
To add a visual calculation, type the expression in the formula bar in the visual calculations edit mode that opens. For example, in a visual that contains Sales Amount and Total Product Cost by Fiscal Year , you can add a visual calculation that calculates the profit for each year by simply typing: Profit = [Sales Amount] – [Total Product Cost].
Additionally, you can easily add a running sum of profit by writing:
Here is a visual with the two visual calculations we have just created:
You can use many existing DAX functions in visual calculations. Functions specific to visual calculations are also available, such as RUNNINGSUM , PREVIOUS and MOVINGAVERAGE . Using these and other functions, visual calculations are much easier to read, write and maintain than the current DAX required.
We are only just getting started with this preview. There is a lot more that we have planned, so please stay tuned for updates in future releases. However, we invite you to jump in now!
For more information, read the dedicated blog post and documentation . Please try the preview today and let us know what you think .
Dynamic subscriptions for Power BI reports
Dynamic per recipient subscriptions is now available in Preview for Power BI reports! Like dynamic subscriptions for paginated reports , you can now distribute a personalized copy of a Power BI report to each recipient of an email subscription.
Imagine you have a report that includes sales data for your entire team. You want to schedule an email subscription that sends out a PDF copy of this report to each salesperson on a weekly basis, with the report filtered to only show their sales results.
This can now be done by connecting to a semantic model (previously Power BI dataset) that defines the mapping between recipients and respective filter values. When it’s time to send out the report, the latest data available in your semantic model will determine which employees should receive a report in their inbox, and with what filter values applied.
See the documentation for dynamic subscriptions here.
This February release we added multi-visual container format support ! Previously, when multi-selecting across different visual types, the format pane did not support any options for formatting the visuals. Now, when multi-selecting different visuals, we’ve added formatting support for container formatting such as changing the size, background color, adding a shadow or turning on/off titles in bulk.
When multi-selecting different visual types (e.g. a line chart and bar chart):
We’ve also added the ability to format a visual’s container size and position even if it’s empty:
This month we also bring you a handful of quality improvements to the on-object experience:
- Bug fix : when working with a non-visual (text box, button, image, shape) the build pane accidentally closing automatically. The build pane now stays open unless explicitly closed regardless of selected item type.
- Bug fix : style bug where the build pane was showing 5 icons across instead of the usual 6 has been fixed.
- Bug fix : in some cases, the data flyout was extending beyond the window size making the search box hard to use, this has now been fixed.
- Enhancement : When choosing a field using the data flyout – you can now click anywhere on the name, not just the checkbox next to it to select the field.
5.Enhancement : If replacing a field in a visual that does not use an aggregation or date hierarchy (other dropdowns are disabled), we auto open the data dropdown to save an extra click.
Power BI Home in Desktop is Enabled by Default
We are excited to announce the new and improved Power BI Home as the default experience! The Power BI Home has been redesigned to provide a centralized and familiar location for all your Power BI activities within the desktop application. Our aim is to enhance your productivity and make it easier to discover and consume content.
With Power BI Home, you no longer need to navigate through multiple menus or tabs to access your files and reports. This intuitive interface serves as a hub, like other popular office products, where you can effortlessly manage your reports, all from a single location.
Whether you’re a seasoned Power BI user or new to the platform, Power BI Home ensures a consistent and seamless experience across all your Power BI activities.
Now, you can:
- Initiate a new report directly from the new home screen.
- Access reports from recommendations that we have curated.
- Locate your most recent reports through the Quick Access lists.
Please continue to submit your feedback directly in the comments of this blog post or in our feedback forum .
Enhanced Reference Layer in Power BI Azure Maps Visual
We’re excited to introduce a significant enhancement to the Power BI Azure Maps visual reference layer feature. In response to valuable user feedback and in alignment with evolving industry standards, we have expanded the capabilities of the reference layer. Now, in addition to supporting the existing GeoJSON format, users can also utilize KML (Keyhole Markup Language) and WKT (Well-Known Text) formats.
We’re also adding URL as a data source alongside file upload. This addition offers users even more flexibility and convenience in importing spatial data into Power BI. Whether your data resides in GeoJSON, KML, WKT, or through a URL link, the Power BI Azure Maps visual seamlessly integrates these formats, ensuring a comprehensive and versatile geospatial analysis experience.
Measure descriptions with Copilot
Add descriptions to your semantic model measures with Fabric Copilot for Power BI! People building reports from your semantic model can see the name and description of your measures, making the description property essential documentation. And Fabric Copilot is here to help!
Streamline your semantic model documentation by creating measure descriptions with Copilot .
1. Click on the model measure in the Data pane of Model view to see the measure properties .
2. Click on the Create with Copilot (preview) button under the Description textbox.
3. Review the measure description from Copilot, then click Keep it .
4. Now the measure description is in the Description box. Fine tune the description, as needed.
5. You update the measure later? No worries, just click the button again when you need the description updated!
Try this out today and let us know what you think! Get started today by turning on this public preview feature in Options > Preview features and learning more about how to get access to Fabric Copilot for Power BI on your tenant at https://learn.microsoft.com/power-bi/create-reports/copilot-introduction#copilot-requirements .
DAX query view improvements
We released the public preview of DAX query view in November 2023, and in this release, we made the following improvements:
- A share feedback link has been added in Options > Preview features. We would love to hear your feedback on DAX query view!
- A bug causing active query tab to stop being highlighted is fixed.
- A bug with close brackets of a nested IFs DAX formula is fixed.
And we have released additional INFO DAX functions.
Learn more about DAX query view at https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/power-bi/transform-model/dax-query-view .
SingleStore, we’re thrilled to inform you that our connector has now officially moved out of beta. We want to express our gratitude for your valuable feedback and for being an essential part of our beta journey. Your insights have played a crucial role in shaping the enhancements we’ve made.
This upgrade comes with an exciting new feature – you can now cancel running queries, hassle-free. No more queries running in the background after you refresh the UI/visual or navigate across the pages in the report.
Our team is dedicated to continuously improving and adding even more useful features to enhance your experience. Thank you for your ongoing support, and we can’t wait to continue providing you with top-notch features that elevate your data connectivity and reporting capabilities.
When you add the Power BI add-in to a presentation, you can pick a report suggested to you or paste a link to a specific report.
When you paste a standard report link (the URL copied from the browser address bar), and if sharable links are enabled for your organization and allowed for this report, you have re-share permissions to this report, Power BI add-in can replace the link you pasted with shareable link. In that case you will see a checkbox added below the report URL that offers you automatic access to this report. Just mark this checkbox and Power BI add-in will create a shareable link for you.
Using a sharable link ensures that other users viewing the presentation have the required permission to see the report, and do not need to request access when viewing the presentation.
Have you tried out the new Explore feature yet? This month we added a data overview feature to Explore that allows you to get the “gist” of what your data is all about. Powered by Copilot, data overview gives you a summary of what’s contained in the data you’re exploring and highlights some interesting tidbits to get you started. Let us know what you think!
Maximum connections per data source is a setting to configure the maximum number of connections DirectQuery opens for each underlying data source. This controls the maximum number of queries that can be executed concurrently against each data source and is configurable per semantic model.
We recently updated the upper limit of the number of concurrent Direct Query connections allowed per semantic model. The updated limits for each SKU are listed in the table below.
The upper limit for Power BI PPU is 100 active connections. Note that there is no change to the Power BI Pro and Report Server limits and the default maximum value remains as 10 concurrent connections.
Introduced last September, shared device mode is now generally available! With shared device mode, organizations can safely deploy the Power BI mobile app across their pool of shared devices. Check it out !
This API allows Custom Visuals to store data directly in the local browser. Data stored locally is more secure and improves the performance of web apps. The API will be controlled by a global admin setting. Learn more about the API.
Our February release introduces the support of the new on-object interaction. This enhancement allows users to build and customize visuals directly on the visual in Power BI Desktop. It puts common actions for creating and formatting visuals on the visuals themselves, actions such as adding fields, changing visualization types, and formatting text.
The primary objective of Power BI Desktop developer mode is to provide friendly source control and co-development experience. With this objective in mind, you can now save your Power BI Project files (PBIP) using Tabular Model Definition Language (TMDL) format. TMDL has been designed from the ground up to be human-friendly, facilitating not only readability but also easy editing in any text editor. This represents a substantial enhancement for source control and collaborative development experiences, particularly when dealing with complex file diffs.
Saving as a PBIP using TMDL is currently in preview. Before giving it a try, you must first enable this feature in Preview features: go to File > Options and settings > Options > Preview features and check the box next to “Store semantic model using TMDL format”.
After enabling the preview feature, when saving as PBIP, your semantic model will be saved as a TMDL folder named “\definition” with separate files for each table, perspective, role, culture:
You can also upgrade existent PBIP files to TMDL , by just opening them and choosing “Upgrade” when you save:
By default, Fabric Git Integration will still use Tabular Model Scripting Language (TMSL) to export the semantic model during the Public Preview. However, if the semantic model is imported into Fabric using TMDL, then Fabric Git Integration will export the definition into Git using TMDL in the event of any semantic model changes in the service.
Learn more about TMDL in Power BI Project files here .
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- When you double click a line chart, it will zoom in to screen size of visual and you can then compare it with any other line chart in that column.
- You can use different colors for each line chart in a field/column.
- You can insert ratings with bands.
- You can add beeswarm / distribution microchart.
Once you double click the line chart, it zooms in to the visual size. You can then compare it with another line chart in the same column. This is shown below:
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Rose/Donut/Pie Chart is a powerful visual that lets you build four types of charts – a rose, a rose donut, a donut, and a pie chart. These chart types are commonly used to display part-to-whole relationships, proportions of categorical data, and ratios. Each arc represents the ratio from the total for easy comparison.
- Chart Options: Rose, donut, pie charts with style customization.
- Data Colors: Choose from 30+ palettes, including color-blind mode.
- Fill Patterns: Apply patterns or use custom images.
- Smart Labels: Improve readability with data and leaf labels.
- Arc Customization: Easily adjust arc radius, padding, and stroke.
- Ranking: Filter Top/Bottom N, show others intelligently.
- Center Circle: Multiple layers, text, icons, and images in the center.
- Mouseover Text: Display dynamic details when hovering over arcs.
- Image Labels: Integrate dynamic image URLs for enhanced visuals.
- Conditional Formatting: Detect outliers and set smart rules for measures/categories.
Other features included are annotation, grid view, show condition, and accessibility support.
Business Use Cases: Finance, Healthcare, E-commerce, Education, Customer Demographics
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xViz Gantt Chart by Lumel is a Microsoft Power BI Certified Visual. As the most feature rich Gantt in Power BI – it is widely used across most Fortune 500 companies world-wide.
Why Large Enterprises Choose xViz Gantt Chart:
Real-time Alerts for Project Managers: Leverage Conditional Formatting to receive color-coded alerts and status flags, ensuring timely awareness of schedule delays or progress issues.
Visualize Task Dependencies: Easily identify causes of delays with the ability to plot task dependencies using connectors within the roadmap view.
Adaptable for Different Users: From Stakeholders tracking yearly progress to Project Managers analysing monthly views and Developers scrutinizing smaller time grains with flexibility across three distinct timeline levels.
Strategic Planning with Reference Lines and Ranges: Utilize Reference Lines and Ranges to mark crucial dates, holidays, sprints, or deadlines across projects.
Customization Galore: Wide range of customizable options, including adjustable timeline limits, selectable week start days, and indentation customization for ragged hierarchies.
Hassle-Free Licensing: The visual is free for use in Power BI Desktop. For sharing & collaborating on Power BI service, the licenses can be purchased directly from Microsoft AppSource.
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Years ago, Stacey Barr introduced us to the magic of Control Charts. Magic it is, because it allows everyone to split their temporal data in two: random noise and real signals. And we all are looking for real signals, and don’t want to be distracted by random noise.
In our last release of the Control Chart XmR we have added several new features to make it even easier to find real signals and ignore random noise in your data.
First, we added a feature to allow any report consumer to override the applied rules. This allows everyone to analyze the effects of one specific rule or set of rules.
Several customers asked for a possibility to download the calculated values from the visual. Now you can download all values calculated by the Control Chart XmR, like: LCL, CL, UCL, sigmas and signals.
Don’t hesitate and try the new Control Chart XmR now on your own data by downloading it from the AppSource . All features are available for free to evaluate this visual within Power BI Desktop.
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Drill Down Graph PRO lets you create elegant and user-friendly graphs to represent complex relationships between nodes. It’s ideal for both small and large network graphs and offers advanced features like cross-chart filtering and vast customization options. You can create hierarchies and explore them using this visual’s intuitive interactions.
Main features include:
- Multiple layout options – dynamic, hierarchical, and radial
- Focus nodes mode – for gradual exploration of graphs.
- Customization options – choose colors, shapes, images, and labels.
- Bidirectional links – show reciprocal relationships between nodes.
- Touch device support – explore your data anywhere.
Popular use cases:
- IT – asset management, IT infrastructure, IoT monitoring
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Have you ever wondered how to collaborate with your colleagues on sensitive data without compromising its security? Do you want to learn how to use Microsoft Purview Information Protection sensitivity labels to protect your data ?
If so, you’re in the right place! We’ll show you how to use sensitivity labels with protection to encrypt and protect your data, and how to enable more users to edit and republish encrypted PBIX files. By the end of this article, you’ll be able to collaborate more securely with your data in Power BI.
Protecting your data with Microsoft Purview
Compliance admins in your organization can use Microsoft Purview Information Protection sensitivity labels to manage their org’s sensitive data across different apps and services and meet regulatory and compliance requirements.
They define file protection policies for the sensitivity labels, which result in files being encrypted when such labels are applied, allowing only authorized users to open and edit these files in Office apps and Power BI Desktop.
Sensitivity labels are widely adopted by enterprises today and used to label and protect content in Microsoft 365 apps such as Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Outlook, and now in Power BI and Fabric as well.
All you have to do is enable Information Protection in Microsoft Fabric’s Admin Portal and let the labels do the rest.
How Power BI Desktop enforces sensitivity label protection
In Power BI Desktop , we enforce label protection on PBIX files. To open a PBIX file, you either must be the label issuer or have one of the following usage rights .
These usage rights are elevated permissions, as they grant permission to change the sensitivity label. Because Power BI and Office apps use the same label policies, compliance admins may prefer not to grant these usage rights for Highly confidential labels. This might block you from collaborating with your colleagues when you’re sharing or downloading Power BI reports and trying to open them in the desktop app.
Collaborating and keeping label protection on PBIX files
By enabling “ Increase the number of users who can edit and republish encrypted PBIX files (preview) ” in your tenant, users that have been assigned with all of the following usage rights should be able to open, edit, and republish the protected PBIX file to the Power BI service:
- View Content (VIEW)
- Edit Content (DOCEDIT)
- Save (EDIT)
- Copy and extract content (EXTRACT)
- Allow Macros (OBJMODEL)
Thus, users who were once restricted can now collaborate with protected files, while keeping protection consistent with the organizational policy.
Note: These usage rights are a sub-set of the “Co-Author” permissions preset in Microsoft Purview compliance center.
What are the restrictions and why?
In order to align with compliance requirements, users with these usage rights are lightly restricted while editing a protected PBIX file.
No exporting to unsupported formats –The user won’t be able to export to formats that don’t support sensitivity labels, such as CSV files.
No label change – The user can’t change the label on the PBIX file.
Republishing to the original workspace only
Why restrict republishing into the original workspace only?
To remain compliant, we must keep users from gaining more permissions, including Power BI permissions (i.e., Read, Write, Reshare and Build). Meaning that a user who wishes to publish should not be able to publish to a workspace that might grant them additional permissions through Workspace roles.
Additionally, this feature is meant for collaborating and sharing items that are more restricted than usual, and confidential data is usually managed in a dedicated workspace. This restriction will prevent users from publishing confidential data across the tenant.
Side note: The file must be published at least once for other users to be able to republish it to that specific workspace. If the file has not yet been published, then the latest label issuer (the one who set the protected label) or a user with sufficient usage rights must publish it and then share the file with the other editors.
How to enable it
Prerequisite: The compliance admin must assign you and your colleagues the proper permissions for that sensitivity label.
Next, Fabric/Power BI admins must enable the feature in Admin Portal > Information protection > Increase the number of users who can edit and republish encrypted PBIX files (preview).
In Power BI Desktop, users who would like to open and edit protected PBIX files must enable the feature by opening File > Options and settings > Options > Preview feature > Less elevated user support.
With this new feature, users can now collaborate more easily with other users when working on confidential data in Power BI Desktop, without any loss of protection along the way.
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How to find and enable missing Copilot button in Microsoft 365 apps
Copilot is available in the Home ribbon tab of Word, Excel (Preview), PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote if you are a Copilot Pro subscriber who also has a subscription to Microsoft 365 Personal or Family.
If you have those subscriptions and are not seeing Copilot in these Microsoft 365 apps, follow these steps:
Important: Copilot in Outlook only supports work or school accounts, and Microsoft accounts using outlook.com, hotmail.com, live.com, and msn.com email addresses at this time. Any Microsoft account using an account from a third-party email provider, such as a Gmail, Yahoo, or iCloud, can still use Outlook, but won’t have access to the Copilot features in Outlook.
Step 1 - Ensure you're using the correct account
Make sure you're signed into your Microsoft 365 apps with an account that has a Copilot license.
For home users ...this means you should have a Microsoft 365 Personal or Family subscription, and Copilot Pro.
For business users ...this means you should have a Microsoft 365 Business Standard, Business Premium, E3, or E5 subscription, and Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365.
Step 2 - Make sure that the current file is saved in that account
If you have multiple file locations available to you - such as your business OneDrive and your personal OneDrive - Copilot will only appear if the file you have open is saved to the location associated to your Copilot subscription.
For example, if you have Copilot through your work account, but not through your personal account, and you open a file from your personal OneDrive, Copilot won't work with that file.
For new, unsaved files, or files on your local hard drive, the current primary account shown at the top of the Microsoft 365 window must be licensed for Copilot.
Important: Copilot in Excel requires AutoSave to be turned on, which means the file has to be saved to OneDrive. It currently doesn't work with unsaved files.
Step 3 - Refresh your license
Force a refresh of the license.
Note: These steps must be done by the account administrator.
In any Microsoft 365 app, go to File > Account .
Close and restart all Microsoft 365 apps you might have open so that the license refresh can take effect.
In any Microsoft 365 app, select the app name at the top of your screen.
Close any open documents and restart all Microsoft 365 apps you may have open so the license refresh can take effect.
Ensure your apps are updated to their latest versions via your device's app store.
Close your app completely, and then re-launch it.
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Select the Refresh icon in your browser to see if the Copilot features appear.
You may have third-party cookies blocked in your browser, which currently causes Copilot to be unable to validate your license. If Copilot still isn't working for you try enabling third-party cookies. For more information see: I am getting license validation errors with Copilot.
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powerpoint live - slides not sync'ing & moving for everyone
Approx 50 people meet each week and we share a powerpoint deck via "powerpoint live".
One person from each team takes turns to present their teams slides by taking over as presenter.
Every week there will be at least 3-4 people who cannot see the slides move when the presenter is moving through them. They have to manually move them. If they click on "sync to presenter" it just takes them back to the first slide. When they take over as presenter then no one can see the slides move.
They've tried "more options" "show presenter view" and they've tried to select the sharing window and pressing "ctrl+shift+X" but neither of these fix the issue
This is causing an issue because it detracts from the meeting and each presenter has to remember to say what slide number they are on.
We've researched this and cannot find a solution in these community pages.
Please can someone help.
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Hello Christina, I'm Ibhadighi and I'd happily help you with your question. In this forum, we are Microsoft consumers just like yourself. For issues with PowerPoint Live slides not syncing properly in Microsoft Teams meetings, here are straightforward steps to troubleshoot and potentially resolve the problem: 1. Ensure all participants have a stable internet connection. Poor connectivity can cause delays or issues with syncing. 2. Make sure everyone, especially the presenter, is using the latest version of Microsoft Teams. Outdated versions may have bugs that affect PowerPoint Live. 3. If the desktop app is problematic, try using the Microsoft Teams web version. Some users find it more reliable for PowerPoint Live presentations. 4. Clear Teams Cache: - Exit Microsoft Teams. - On Windows, go to `%appdata%\Microsoft\Teams` and delete the contents of the cache folder. - On a Mac, go to `~/Library/Application Support/Microsoft/Teams` and delete the contents of the cache folder. - Restart Teams. 5. Limit Presenter Role: Only allow one person to be the presenter at a time and ensure proper handover of presenter controls to avoid conflicts. 6. Instead of uploading the PowerPoint directly to Teams, try sharing your screen while the PowerPoint is open in presenter mode. This can be a workaround if sync issues persist. 7. If the issue continues, you can also provide feedback directly through the Teams app. Microsoft can address and possibly fix the issue in future updates. Implementing these steps can help mitigate the syncing issues you're experiencing with PowerPoint Live in Microsoft Teams meetings. I hope this helps. Best Regards, Ibhadighi
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Wow, thank you so much for your comprehensive reply.
I haven't tried number 3 but we've tried all the other suggestions.
I guess number 7 is the next step, unless anyone else has a remedy.
Hello Christina, Thank you for letting me know, Unfortunately, I’m really sorry I don't have any further troubleshooting to offer. There are many knowledgeable users active on the forum and I hope that someone else can offer further insight into your issue. Thank you, Ibhadighi
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