Month: October 2021

New Search in MS Teams Desktop

In November 2021, Microsoft will make the new desktop search facility live in MS Teams Desktop applications.


When is the Change Happening?

Microsoft expect to start rolling this out to tenants globally at the beginning of November 2021 and for the rollout to be completed by 30/11/2021.


What is Changing?

Currently when you use the search box in Teams the results are returned as a list in the “context” pane of Teams.  See the screenshot below for how this currently looks.


Screenshot of current Teams Desktop Search


When Microsoft complete the rollout of the new search offering the results will appear as a single central pane, as per the screenshot below.


Screenshot of new Teams Desktop Search results


Filtering the results in the new experience will be simpler and easier as you can jump straight to the category of results that you are looking for, e.g. files or messages, etc.


What do I need to do?

No action is required by staff and students.  The change will automatically be applied across the whole tenant and all users will in time see the change in how the results appear.

Office 365 Training – New Dates for 2021 / 22

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New sessions are now bookable for the following Office 365 courses.


Getting Started with Office 365

This course covers the basics of Office 365 to help you get started and be confident using One Drive for Business, Office Online and to work with colleagues on shared documents.

Running at 10am on the following dates:

6 December 2021
5 January 2022
3 February 2022
1 March 2022
7 April 2022
3 May 2022
8 June 2022
4 July 2022

Click here to book.

Collaborating with Microsoft Teams

Do you want to know how to do more with Microsoft Teams, collaborating with your colleagues, working in a single multifaceted workspace?  Come and find out how to do more with Microsoft Teams.

Running on the following dates (usually at 2pm):

6 December 2021
5 January 2022
3 February 2022
3 March 2022 (10am)
7 April 2022
5 May 2022 (10am)
8 June 2022
4 July 2022

Click here to book.


Join the OneNote training to find out how you can replace the paper notebooks, search for content and use the “swiss army knife” app that is included in your Office 365 subscription.  In addition to looking at personal Notebooks, the course touches on the use of Class and Staff notebooks for teaching and management purposes.

Spaces are available on the following dates:

9 December 2021
13 January 2022
15 February 2022

Book a place here.

Power Automate

This introductory course will help you get started with Power Automate – understanding the basics and how to build automation for personal productivity.  Automation can help with saving time and reducing errors by removing the human element from repetitive task processing.  Build it once, reuse the process time and time again in a repeatable method.

Courses are running on the following dates:

11 January 2022
11 April 2022
14 July 2022

Book a place here.


Available on demand most Tuesdays from 2.45pm.

Learn about the new Webinar feature in Teams and attend the training so that you can then request the Webinar feature for your account.

Book a session here.


The New Whiteboard Experience

The New Whiteboard is available NOW in Teams, web browser and Android app.


Updated versions for the Windows app and for iOS devices are expected in late October.


You can find out about all the new features on this technical community post from Microsoft …


Welcome to the new Whiteboard! – Microsoft Tech Community


New or updated features include the new Sticky Notes and Grids, New templates for Whiteboards, Reactions, and easier “snap to” functions.