Microsoft Community Office Hours, Episode 1

On March 23rd a small group of us launched the “Microsoft Community Office Hours” during this COVID-19 quarantine period as a way to connect with each other (for our own sanity) and also help anyone in the community with questions about Microsoft products and services. We’re holding these events at 8am and 6pm Pacific in an effort to reach folks in Europe and Africa (EMEA) in the earlier session, and across Asia Pacific (APAC) in the later session….and, of course, across the Americas with both times. These sessions are currently hosted in a Zoom webinar while live streaming to a couple Facebook community locations — but primarily to the Office 365 Community page, which is a great resource to ask questions and get answers.

We tend to get a few commenters questioning our use of Zoom each week, but because of our streaming — which Teams Meetings / Teams Live cannot natively support — we’re sticking with it for now, but hope to have an alternate solution in place soon (Restream+OBS). Until then, we’re using the available tools for us to reach the widest audience, which is on FB.

In this first episode, recording on March 23rd, 2020, I was joined by Sean McDonough, MVP (@spmcdonough), Riaz Javed Butt, MVP (@riazjavedbutt), Hal Hostetler, MVP (@TVWizard), and Sherman Woo (@spsherm). Topics covered included:

Or, you can watch the entire recording here:


If you would like to join one of these sessions as a panelist or to ask questions, you can find us live streaming on Facebook at 8am and 6pm Pacific every Monday during this quarantine period throughout April and May, possibly into June.

Christian Buckley

Christian is a Microsoft Regional Director and M365 Apps & Services MVP, and an award-winning product marketer and technology evangelist, based in Silicon Slopes (Lehi), Utah. He is the Director of North American Partner Management for leading ISV Rencore (, leads content strategy for TekkiGurus, and is an advisor for both revealit.TV and WellnessWits. He hosts the monthly #CollabTalk TweetJam, the weekly #CollabTalk Podcast, and the Microsoft 365 Ask-Me-Anything (#M365AMA) series.