Community Discussion on the State of Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams has become the “hub” for collaboration for organizations around the world, and is one of Microsoft’s fastest growing products of all time. With this rapid growth and increasingly broad adoption, Microsoft has also been innovating at an incredible pace, with new products and features seemingly every week, as well as deeper integrations with other key workloads (SharePoint, Yammer, Exchange, OneDrive) and extensibility options (Power Platform, new Apps, partner solutions).

June 2020 #CollabTalk TweetJam on The State of Microsoft TeamsFor this month’s community discussion, we will look back over the past 3 years of Microsoft Teams, discuss the current state of the platform (what we love about it, and where it can improve), and share our collective feedback on where the platform should go in the future. One other area where Microsoft has greatly improved over the last few years is in listening to the voice of the customer — through UserVoice, the Microsoft TechCommunity, through social channels, and through community-led discussions like this one, so come share your feedback and participate in what will undoubtedly be a lively discussion!

Join us for this #CollabTalk TweetJam on Tuesday, June 30th at 9am Pacific / 12pm Eastern as we convene to discuss “The State of Microsoft Teams.”  Participate in the discussion with other members of the community as we share feedback, ideas, and make predictions about what was presented at these two major events.

You can join the community discussion using Twitter and the #CollabTalk hashtag or your favorite Twitter platform. You do not need to be an “expert” to participate in the online conversation, and can ask questions, comment on the questions posed, or just “lurk” in the background. These online discussions are open to anyone — you do not have to be on the panel to participate.

Commsverse Online - The Online Microsoft Teams Conference

This month’s tweetjam is being sponsored by Commsverse, the free Online Microsoft Teams Conference happening July 6-9, with stats once again provided by our friends at tyGraph.

If you have never participated in one of these tweetjams, it’s pretty simple: anyone can jump in and share their thoughts, or just lurk in the wings and absorb the wisdom of the crowd. Either way, it’ll be a TON of content to consume in a single hour. You can follow the live session using the Twitter UI of your choice (, Hootsuite, Tweetdeck, whatever). How it works is that I’ll post a series of questions every few minutes, and people will respond to Q1, Q2, Q3 and so forth with A1, A2, A3, always including the #CollabTalk hashtag with their answers. Feel free to reply as often (or as little) as you’d like, ask your own follow up questions, share relevant links, re-tweet others, and engage with the audience.

The questions we will discuss during the session include:

  1. Has Microsoft Teams become the hub for collaboration within your organization? If so, how?
  2. Has the rapid rise of Microsoft Teams altered how you / your customers think about collaboration & communication?
  3. What is the state of administration, compliance, and governance within Microsoft Teams?
  4. Are there “best practices” for aligning Microsoft Teams with SharePoint and other workloads?
  5. In your opinion, what are the hits and misses in Microsoft’s overall collaboration strategy?
  6. Where are you / your customers making investments in Microsoft Teams (automation, adoption, etc) and why?
  7. If you could ask for anything, what would be your top 3 feature requests for Microsoft Teams?

As always, there will be side-questions, side-conversations, and wise-cracking throughout. This is open to the public, so please join in the discussion! The dialog is always thought-provoking and fun.

Participating on this panel:

  • Tom Arbuthnot (@tomarbuthnot), Office Apps & Services MVP, Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) for Skype, and principal solutions architect with Modality Systems
  • Mark Vale (@UnifiedVale), Microsoft Teams UC consultant and founder of Commsverse
  • Laurie Pottmeyer (@lauriepottmeyer), Microsoft Teams community lead at Microsoft
  • Sue Hanley (@susanhanley), SharePoint MVP, portal, KM, and SharePoint consultant
  • John White (@diverdown1964), SharePoint MVP and cto at UnlimitedViz and tyGraph
  • Heather Severino (@HeatherSeverino), Office Apps & Services MVP, MCT Regional Lead, MOS Master, MCP, MT and owner at TeachUTech
  • Sharon Weaver (@sharoneweaver), consultant, trainer and ceo of Smarter Consulting
  • Eric Overfield (@ericoverfield), Microsoft Regional Director, SharePoint MVP, and founder of PixelMill
  • Luise Freese (@LuiseFreese), Office Apps & Services MVP, Microsoft 365 business consultant, Sketchnote Artist and Blogger
  • Kevin McDonnell (@kevmcdonk), senior technical architect at Ballard Chalmers
  • Erica Toelle (@ericatoelle), Office Apps & Services MVP and Microsoft Compliance consultant
  • Alex Terentiev (@alexaterentiev), Office Development MVP, member of the PnP team, solution architect and developer for SharePointalist
  • Stacy Deere-Strole (@sldeere), SharePoint MVP and owner of Focal Point Solutions
  • Phil Worrell (@worrelpa), ICT engineer and business analyst at Swisscom
  • Jeff Willinger (@jwillie), Office 365 MVP and independent consultant
  • Galen Keene (@sdkeene), consultant and collaboration architect, managing partner at Butterfly Technologies
  • Fabian Williams (@fabianwilliams), Microsoft @OfficeDev @VisualStudio & @XamarinHQ MVP
  • Kurt Kragh Sørensen (@KurtKragh),  intranet consultant and owner of
  • Ed Senez (@edsenez), president at UnlimitedViz and TyGraph
  • Mike Maadarani (@mikemaadarani), Office Apps & Services MVP, cloud solution architect at MCM Consulting
  • Sean McDonough (@spmcdonough), SharePoint MVP and chief technology officer at BitStream Foundry LLC
  • Alistair Pugin (@alistairpugin), Office Apps & Services MVP and head of cloud services at Tangent Solutions
  • Thomas Stensitzki (@stensitzki), Office Apps & Services MVP and owner of Granikos GmbH & Co. KG
  • Owen Allen (@owenallen), Redmond O365 UG board member, sr. solutions architect at Zones
  • Adnan Amin (@adnan_amin), Office Apps & Services MVP, #SharePoint architect and technology evangelist
  • Hans Brender (@HansBrender), Office Apps & Services MVP, cloud productivity evangelist with HBsoft
  • Tobiasz Koprowski (@KoprowskiT), Data Platform MVP, founder and consultant at Shadowland Consulting
  • Nick Brattoli (@Byrdttoli), Microsoft MVP, founder and lead consultant at Byrdttoli Enterprise Consulting
  • Mark Rackley (@mrackley), Office 365 MVP, SharePoint Hillbilly, Partner at PAIT Group
  • Robert Toro (@SharePointToro), SharePoint practice director at Slalom
  • Toni Pohl (@atwork), founder & cto of atwork, cloud consultant, Microsoft MVP
  • Russ Basiura (@SharePointPhily), Microsoft Teams evangelist, organizer of Modern Workplace Summit, architect and modern workplace expert at Accel365
  • Joel Oleson (@joeloleson), Microsoft Regional Director & MVP, director of SharePoint practice at Perficient
  • Vlad Catrinescu (@vladcatrinescu),SharePoint and Office 365 MVP, speaker, and author
  • Hal Hostetler (@TVWizard), Microsoft MVP and senior field engineer and social media coordinator for Roland, Schorr & Tower
  • and your host, Christian Buckley (@buckleyplanet), Microsoft MVP & RD, founder & ceo of CollabTalk LLC

If you would like to be included on one of these panels, please drop me a line via emailLinkedIn, or Twitter. And thank you again to Commsverse (don’t forget to register here) and tyGraph for your support of these CollabTalk tweetjams! And finally, if you are interested in being a sponsor of a future tweetjam, please contact me.

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.

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