2020 – The year review

Another year has passed and here is my usual review about everything I have produced and shared with the community during the last 12 months.

2020 was a year that no one will ever forget, the world was caught by surprise by a pandemic and in a blink of an eye we were all working from home trying to avoid getting caught by COVID-19.

Despite all the contingencies I did what I’ve doing over the last years and produced content to help others using Microsoft technologies covering essentially SharePoint, Microsoft Teams and even Windows 10 topics.

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Get my Hands-On Microsoft Teams book for just $5 dollars

Packt the publishing company with whom I published my book Hands-On Microsoft Teams book is committed to help people to increase their technical skills in the beginning of the year.

With this in mind they’ve decided to run a campaign until January 15th 2021, offering a significant discount in several book titles.

If you want to start the year mastering Microsoft Teams don’t loose the opportunity to get your hands on my Microsoft Teams book, you can do your order here.

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Boost your productivity with Windows 10 and the new Edge

Windows 10 and the new Microsoft Edge browser are better together, and the latest builds of both products bring a set of new features that will boost your productivity.

The features described in this article are available on Windows 10 Build 19042.421 and on Microsoft Edge Dev or Canary which means that if you are trying to test it in October 2020 you must be a Windows Insider. If you are not yet an Insider check out the article and discover how to become one.

Windows 10 and Microsoft Edge productivity

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How to enable Project Moca – Your new productivity app

Project Moca is a new concept for a productivity app from Microsoft that is in public preview since August, if you are curious about it have a look how you can easily enable it on your tenant.

On Microsoft own words, with Project Moca you can simplify your workflow so you can focus on what matters. Add tasks, goals, notes, files from OneDrive and other cloud storage providers, links, contacts, and even emails and events, all into one dynamic space. Each space has a flexible canvas so you can customize and view your content your way.

project moca

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Discover the Microsoft alternatives to the File Explorer for Windows 10

File explorer is one of the intrinsic features of Windows since version 1 and Microsoft has been evolving it on each release making it better and more power full.

Now with Windows 10, Microsoft offers two alternatives to the file explorer that you can use to manage your files in your system effectively or simply to have fun.

Let’s check how they look like.

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PowerToys – The Windows 10 super powers

If you are old enough the name PowerToys may sound familiar! PowerToys are a set of tools that bring extra features to Microsoft operating system, originally released for Windows 95 it was also available for Windows XP.

Almost 20 years after their last appearance Microsoft brought back the PowerToys to Windows 10 and with it you will be able to do your tasks faster.

Windows 10 PowerToys

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How to update Windows Phone 8.1 to Windows Mobile 10

Windows Phone 8.1 store was closed on December 16 2019 which means that you no longer can download apps for this operating system or update it to Windows Mobile 10 using the upgrade advisor app.

The upgrade advisor app was the official way install Windows Mobile 10 in supported phones but when you try to connect to the store using a Windows Phone device to download it, you will see the following message:

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Skype Meet Now is the perfect alternative to Zoom

With the world lockdown due to COVID-19 Zoom has gained a lot of new user mainly because it is one of the easiest video conferencing tools to setup and get started with, that was until Microsoft unveiled the Meet Now feature on Skype that doesn’t require the download of the app or even creating an account.

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How to use Snap Camera with Skype

With the world lockdown due to the Covid-19 Pandemic people is communication through the internet more than ever before, if you are a Skype user and want hove more fun when talking with your family or your friends Snap Camera is the ideal application for you.

Using this camera for desktop you will be able to customize the video input you use in Skype, this application creates a virtual webcam on your computer and allows you to customize the background on your video and allows you to apply filters on top of your face.

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Submit your MVP activities using an extension for Edge and Chrome

This post is to all Microsoft MVPs using Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome users.

With this extension all your MVP submissions are just one click away with a new extension available for Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome.

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