Microsoft Community Office Hours, Episode 54

For our 54th episode this week of the Microsoft Community Office Hours series, I was joined by Sean McDonough, MVP (@spmcdonough), Tracy van der Schyff, MVP (@tracyvds), Eric Riz, MVP (@rizinsights), Hal Hostetler, MVP (@TVWizard), and Microsoft’s Neil Hodgkinson (@nellymo) for another panel discussion shared via live stream in the M365 Community on Facebook, and simulcast on Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

As discussed, Mike Nelson, MVP (@mikenelsonio) is temporarily dead to us for missing this week’s show. He’ll probably be back next time.

In this episode, we covered the following topics:

  • Tracy brags about how nice the weather is in South Africa this time of year [:44]
  • Microsoft 365 Message Center updates, including changes to the Message Center, a new calendar board view in Outlook for the web, Quick create of Power BI reports from Lists, and the new Microsoft Teams meeting IDs and registration pages [2:31]
  • Sean arrives fashionably late [3:51]
  • The live stream freezes, Christian restarts things [11:59]
  • Can you retrieve deleted Microsoft 365 Groups after 30 days?  [16:48]
  • How do I create a place where we can allow employees to submit recommendations, that their submissions would be hidden from others?  [19:48]
  • Neil arrives even later, and even more fashionably [20:50]
  • What’s the best way to insert hyperlinks into Teams? (Highlight the text and click CTRL+K) [24:00]
  • Do you need a Microsoft account to participate in a Microsoft Teams meeting? [29:49]
  • How do you connect/link a Microsoft Access database to SharePoint? [31:39]
  • We admire the Keith Richie artwork behind Neil, discuss Keith’s forthcoming album [33:38]
  • Why are some Teams channels missing content after doing a simple password change? [34:10]
  • What’s the best way to create a shared calendar view to track vacations and absences, but only allow people to add/edit their own events? [38:21]
  • How can I find out the number of emails sent and received by a single mailbox for a whole year? [40:46]
  • What is the best online resource to help me create, design and manage a site in Teams?  [44:18]
  • What is the best way to send a single (group) email to everyone in my organization? [48:05]
  • Will SharePoint allow my external vendors to download, edit, and re-post documents? [50:46]
  • Is there a way to save a document link (versus an attachment) directly from an email to Teams?  [53:50]
  • How can I delete private chat message in Teams? [57:03]
  • Why did my versioning disappear in my Excel file, and why did the system rename it with an 002 at the end? [1:00:11]
  • Is there a way to turn off the message when someone joins and exits a Teams meeting? [1:05:51]
  • Is there any way to link a website to a Tab in Teams that saves credentials for that site, rather than having to enter it every time? [1:07:01]
  • Can you make a file private so that only certain members in a group can view it? [1:10:39]
  • Is there any way to export the chat history of a Teams Meeting? [1:14:26]
  • We recently started migrating from Exchange 2013 to Exchange Online, but we’re having a problem with Offline Address Book. It never downloads.  [1:17:31]
  • I created a new account on Office 365 but cannot open and use Outlook. The system says “500 An issue occurred. The access to Outlook on the web has been blocked by the organization.” Link and link  [1:21:24]
  • What Microsoft app should I use to create a daily recurring checklist?  [1:23:25]

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 at 8am Pacific every Monday.

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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