Office 365 Distilled EP52: The Big Three Adoption Propositions

You might think this episode is all about Formula 1, but it is actually all about adoption; more specific about the biggest 3 adoption propositions that we can think of in Microsoft 365. This means, going through the core applications (Outlook, SharePoint and Teams) and talking about what feature gives us the best value!

Adoption is one of our favorite topics, so talking about value with the business is definitely a topic we talked about before here.

We also talk about why there are 52 cards in a deck.. which nobody knows but this page has some great explanations.


Outlook always goes first. And the real value of Outlook is so much more than just sending and receiving emails!

Steve suggests the real value is because it connects to all the other content in the cloud ecosystem: you have all your data available to you! You can do attachments in less than a few seconds. The picker will automatically grab those last files you were working on.

Marijn likes it because Outlook is the notification tool, where all kinds of other applications send their notifications and you can just respond without leaving the Outlook app.

As a bonus.. because Marijn changed his mind.. grouping emails as conversations! It deals with FOMO by threading emails and once you start working with it.. it will blow your mind.


As SharePoint is now 20 years old, what are the adoption propositions that make it so useful? Marijn immediately goes for metadata: It allows you to group, filter, and sort content. It is awesome to see how the conditional formatting is making that metadata look fabulous.

Steve goes with Lists. The big replacement for spreadsheets is to track information. You can even set up the forms how you want to interact with the user. The comments column is a great new addition to the versioning system.


Microsoft Teams is all about getting all your content in one place, according to Marijn. Working with other people on a project and have all your conversations, tasks, documents, recordings, and assets in one place is just awesome.

Whisky: Tamnavulin Double cask

This copper color whisky from Speyside Scotland is normally used for blends. But now they have also brought out their single malt. It is a young distillery, from 1966. It has no age statement but is very sweet on the tongue. Very smooth slides right in. Not a complex finish, but it is a healthy one. A good drinker’s whisky!

About: Marijn

Marijn Somers (MVP) has over 14 years experience in the SharePoint world, starting out with SP2007. Over the years the focus has grown to Office 365, with a focus on collaboration and document management. He is a business consultant at Balestra and Principal Content Provider for "Mijn 365 Coach" that offers dutch employee video training. His main work tracks are around user adoption, training and coaching and governance. He is also not afraid to dig deeper in the technicalities with PowerShell, adaptive cards or custom formatting in lists and libraries. You can listen to him on the biweekly "Office 365 Distilled" podcast.