Year-End Review and Community Predictions

December 2022 #CollabTalk TweetJamWhat was the biggest news out of the Microsoft community in 2022, and what are your predictions for the new year? From updates to Azure Cognitive Services to the expansion of the Power Platform to the release of Communities for Microsoft Teams, it’s been an incredibly busy year for Microsoft announcements. During his #ESPC22 keynote in Copenhagen late last month, Microsoft President of Collaborative Apps & Platforms, Jeff Teper, called 2022 the biggest year in innovation in Microsoft’s history (including more than 450 feature updates in Teams alone) — and said there is more to come in 2023.

In the next #CollabTalk TweetJam taking place on Thursday, December 29th at 9am PDT (UTC -8), the community will once again join forces and have a focused discussion on the topic of “Year-End Review and Community Predictions” and share our takeaways from the many different Microsoft announcements in 2022, and make some predictions for 2023. In this 1-hour Twitter-based panel discussion, we’ll bring together MVPs and Regional Directors, community experts, partners, consultants, and practitioners to share their perspectives on this important topic.

Anyone can join this community discussion using Twitter and the #CollabTalk hashtag or your favorite Twitter platform. You don’t even need to be an “expert” to participate in the online conversation. Anyone 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.

As always, this month’s tweetjam is being sponsored by tyGraph. Thanks for your support!

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. In your opinion, what was the biggest news within the Microsoft ecosystem this year?
  2. Has your outlook on Microsoft technology changed this past year? Why / why not?
  3. Has the launch of Microsoft Viva or the rapid expansion of the Power Platform altered how you / your customers think about collaboration?
  4. What is the state of the Microsoft community in 2022 (local, regional, or global), and what are your community predictions for 2023?
  5. How much of a factor has AI been in 2022, and how will it further disrupt businesses in 2023, if at all?
  6. What are your predictions for Microsoft technologies in 2023 and beyond?
  7. If you could give one piece of advice to Microsoft leadership and/or product teams, what would it be?

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

Participating on this panel (so far):

  • David Patrick (@DavidEPatrick),  M365 Apps & Services MVP, user group organizer, subject-matter expert with DSA, Inc.
  • Harjit Dhaliwal (@Hoorge), former-MVP, product marketing manager for Windows Commercial at Microsoft
  • Suzanne George (@spgenie), Microsoft Regional Director, MCTS, and partner – modern workplace & experience leader at PwC
  • Eric Overfield (@ericoverfield), Microsoft RD & SharePoint MVP, founder of PixelMill
  • Dwayne Natwick (@DwayneNcloud), Azure MVP, global principal cloud security tech lead / cto at Atos
  • Nicki Borell (@NickiBorell), Microsoft MVP & RD, evangelist & consultant for SharePoint, Office 365 and Azure
  • Adam Ball (@AdamCBall), co-founder of COUCUG, Teams and Skype for Business MVP
  • Jay Leask (@jayleask), M365 Apps & Services MVP and US federal director, strategic accounts & solutions for AvePoint Public Sector
  • Neil Hodgkinson (@Nellymo), senior product manager at Microsoft
  • Sascha Fredrich (@saschaF80), IT consultant of Microsoft solutions at bei Bechtle AG
  • Joy Apple (@JoyOfSharePoint), Microsoft MVP and director of partner & customer success at Orchestry
  • Hal Hostetler (@TVWizard), Microsoft MVP and senior field engineer and social media coordinator for Roland, Schorr & Tower
  • Kurt Kragh Sørensen (@KurtKragh),  intranet consultant and owner of
  • Kevin McDonnell (@kevmcdonk), M365 Apps & Services MVP and head of practice – modern workplace at CPS
  • Treb Gatte (@marqueeinsights), Business Solutions MVP, international speaker/man of mystery at Marquee Insights
  • Tamara Bredemus (@tamarabred), evolve 365 learning & adoption specialist at Planet Technologies
  • Mike Nelson (@mikenelsonIO), Datacenter Management MVP and solution architect at Pure Storage
  • Mike Maadarani (@mikemaadarani), M365 Apps & Services MVP, cloud solution architect at MCM Consulting
  • Virgil Carroll (@vcmonkey), head monkey at High Monkey
  • Stacy Deere-Strole (@sldeere), SharePoint MVP and owner of Focal Point Solutions
  • Michael Borell (@michaelborell), vp of sales at Rencore
  • Ben Stegink (@benstegink), SharePoint, Office 365 and Azure consultant, owner of Intelligink, LLC
  • John White (@diverdown1964), dual SharePoint and Data Platform MVP, cto at tyGraph, an AvePoint company
  • Marc Anderson (@sympmarc), SharePoint MVP, co-founder and president of Sympraxis Consulting
  • Paul Keijzers (@KbWorks), a Microsoft Teams and Office 365 specialist, and the founder of  KbWorks
  • Ragnar Heil (@ragnarh), Office Servers & Services MVP and Microsoft alliance manager EMEA for Metalogix
  • Eli Robillard (@erobillard), SharePoint MVP, musician, fly-fisher, collaboration technology guy
  • Jeff Willinger (@jwillie), Office 365 MVP and digital experience director at Withum
  • and your host, Christian Buckley (@buckleyplanet), Microsoft MVP & RD and #CollabTalk founder

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 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.

We’ll be back on January 26th for the kickoff of our 12th year of the CollabTalk TweetJam where we’ll be focusing on the topic of “The Science Behind Building Community”, so be sure to follow me (@buckleyplanet) for news and updates.

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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