How to fix Microsoft Teams web client stuck in a login loop

The last couple of days, I experienced the Microsoft Teams web client to be stuck in a login loop, when trying to sign into Microsoft Teams in Microsoft Edge and the site continually loops, and I am not able to sign in.

Microsoft Teams web client login error

Turns out there is a solution (and most likely required if you use any security baselines settings…), and for me, it turns out the issues has arisen over night, however the course of the issues wasn’t new, but Microsoft Edge version 99.x was.

I have decided to Block third-party cookies, and for some reason, turns out the Microsoft Teams web client Indeed require these cookies.

Manage and delete cookies and site data

To resolve the issue, you must navigate to the Microsoft Edge Settings window, select Cookies, and site permissions > Cookies and data stored > Manage and delete cookies and site data.

Turn on Allow sites to save and read cookie data (recommended), and make sure that Block third-party cookies is turned off.

However, if you like me, have configured this using Microsoft Endpoint Manager and whish to keep third-party cookies blocked, you’ll have to add the following sites to the Allow list:

  • [*.]microsoft.com
  • [*.]microsoftonline.com
  • [*.]teams.skype.com
  • [*.]teams.microsoft.com
  • [*.]sfbassets.com
  • [*.]skypeforbusiness.com

If you want to add these settings using Microsoft Endpoint Manager, these settings can be configured using the Microsoft Edge “Allow cookies on specific sites” policy.

Microsoft Edge “Allow cookies on specific sites” policy.

More information https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftteams/troubleshoot/teams-sign-in/sign-in-loop

–Jesper

My favorite tools

Everyone has their own collection of favorites tools and utilities; most people I know have a list of tools they feel are essential.

This is my favorites tools and utilities; I use every week or even every day and others are in the category nice to know about. I strive to use free tools only; I might have added one or two non-free tools to the list as they are essential to me and worth the money.

Windows built-in tools

Windows Sandbox

Windows Sandbox provides a lightweight desktop environment to safely run applications in isolation. Software installed inside the Windows Sandbox environment remains “sandboxed” and runs separately from the host machine.

A sandbox is temporary. When it is closed, all the software and files and the state are deleted. You get a brand-new instance of the sandbox every time you open the application.

Windows Magnifier

Magnifier enlarges part of your screen, making words and images easier to see.

Windows Snipping Tool (Shift-WIN+S)

Microsoft has introduced the new Snipping Tool. Snipping Tool can be used to take screenshots, use tools like a pen or pencil to draw on it, and share it wherever you want.

Windows Package Manager

Windows Package Manager, or winget, command-line tool is part of Windows by default as part of the App Installer.

If you are running an earlier version of Windows and the App Installer is not available, you can get App Installer from the Microsoft Store.

Apps vs Applications.

I always look for an app alternative before installing applications. For references, this is the list of Microsoft Store Apps I install, enjoying the benefits of apps easy to add and easy to remove, and automatically updated by the Microsoft Store app.

Tools

7-Zip

7-Zip is free software with open source. You can use 7-Zip on any computer, including a computer in a commercial organization. You do not need to register or pay for 7-Zip.

7-Zip integrates into Windows Explorer and opens everything you throw at it, happily opens TARs, ISOs, RARs to CABs and more.

Install using winget:

winget install --id "7zip.7zip" --silent --source winget

Brave Browser

The Brave browser blocks ads and trackers that slow you down and invade your privacy. Discover a new way of thinking about how the web can work. I use Brave Browser for testing anonymous access to Office 365 for testing and validation e.g., Conditional Access.

Install using winget:

winget install --id "BraveSoftware.BraveBrowser" --silent --source winget

Fiddler Classic

The easy, clean, and powerful debugging proxy for checking out HTTP between here and there. It even supports sniffing SSL traffic.

Install using winget:

winget install --id "Telerik.Fiddler.Classic" --silent --source winget

Gimp

GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. Whether you are a graphic designer, photographer, illustrator, or scientist, GIMP provides you with sophisticated tools to get your job done. You can further enhance your productivity with GIMP thanks to customization options and third-party plugins.

Install using winget:

winget install --id "GIMP.GIMP" --silent --source winget

Git

Git is a free and open-source distributed version control system designed to manage everything from small to large projects with speed and efficiency. I use Git to integrate Visual Studio Code with GitHub repositories.

Install using winget:

winget install --id "Git.Git" --silent --source winget

Sizer 4.0

If you like me often write documentation, creating screenshots and prefer windows are the same size, Sizer is the tool for you.

Sizer 4.0 is latest version of the popular utility used to accurately resize and reposition windows.

Install using winget:

winget install --id "BrianApps.Sizer.Dev" --silent --source winget

Markdown Monster

While I love Visual Studio Code, Markdown Monster does one thing incredibly well. Markdown.

Install using winget:

winget install --id "WestWind.MarkdownMonster" --silent --source winget

Microsoft PowerToys

Microsoft PowerToys is a set of utilities for power users to tune and streamline their Windows experience for greater productivity.

Install using winget:

winget install --id "Microsoft.PowerToys" --silent --source winget

OBS Studio

OBS Studio is as close to an all-in-one solution for live video capture and streaming as you are likely to get without having to pay for one. This open-source application rivals many of its commercial counterparts in both polish and flexibility. It supports capture from single windows, whole desktops, or fixed regions of the screen, on-the-fly switching between views, and overlays from various sources (still images, pre-captured movies, live video, etc.). And it provides equally flexible support for audio capture.

Install using winget:

winget install --id "OBSProject.OBSStudio" --silent --source winget

Visual Studio Code

Microsoft Visual Studio Code (VS Code) is a tool that combines the simplicity of a code editor with what developers need for their core edit-build-debug cycle.

It provides comprehensive editing and debugging support, an extensibility model, and lightweight integration with existing tools.

Install using winget:

winget install --id "Microsoft.VisualStudioCode" --silent --source winget

ZoomIt

A true classic but also the answer to the number 1 question; how do you draw on the screen when you are sharing your screen?

ZoomIt has been that tool for many presenters and should be in your toolbox to. Take some time and learn how to do boxes, arrows, colors and more and you will be a more effective screen-sharer.

Install using winget: NA

Microsoft PowerPoint Add-ins

Whiteboard and flip chart, or flop overs, are the old school equipment I prefer to use for discussion and customer presentations. However, as a speaker presenting for larger crows, an effective way of sharing highlights of the contents presented. I put a huge amount of time into my presentations, and Add-ins often help me use my time optimal, which is why Microsoft PowerPoint Add-ins made into this list:

draw.io diagram

Easily embed draw.io diagrams from cloud storage. The easiest way to embed flowcharts, UML, mockups, mind maps and more types of diagrams.

draw.io is a free, open-source diagramming application that stores your diagrams on your preferred cloud storage solution.

Pexels

Free Stock Photos. Despite Microsoft Office product has its own solution for free stock photos, sometimes a little extra is just nice, Pexels gives you that and works in both Microsoft Word, and PowerPoint – and it is free.

Features include:

  • Search for images (obviously), but Pexel has an excellent feature, allowing you to search for pictures based on colors – really makes finding images less cumbersome.

Pro Word Cloud

Create word clouds from your text. A wonderful way of visualizing a piece of text or a news feed. The cloud gives greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with varied sizes, fonts, layouts, and color schemes. It works in both Microsoft Word, and PowerPoint – and it is free.

QR4Office

I often add QR codes into my PowerPoint Presentations, replacing links to surveys, twitter profile or like. QR4Office is just a straightforward way to add QR codes – and works in both Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint – and it is free.

Features include:

  • QR code images gets embedded within the document.
  • Customizable color, background, and size.
  • Ability to set QR error correction level.

Online resources

bensound.com

You can use this royalty free stock music for YouTube and your multimedia projects if you credit Bensound.com (in the description for a video).

Coolors

The super-fast color palettes generator, create your own color palette for any project.

dafont

Registration is free, however no need to register if you just want to download the fonts.

As a registered member you can, in addition:

  • Submit and update your own fonts
  • Create selections (to compare fonts side by side, or favorite lists)
  • Add comments on the fonts
  • Post on the forum

You can sample your own text, great for finding fonts for e.g., logos or headers,

Pexel – Startup Stock Photos

Pexels provides high quality and completely free stock photos licensed under the Pexels license.

All photos are searchable and tagged, and easy to discover through the discover pages.

pixabay – Stunning free images & royalty free stock

Download Photos, Illustrations, Vectors, Videos, Music, and Sound Effects.
Registration is free, however no need to register if you just want to download content. For example: Music: https://www.bensound.com/

Noun Project

Noun Project is building a global visual language that unites us — a language that allows quick and easy communication no matter who you are or where you are.

Unsplash

The internet’s source of freely usable images.

Wayback Machine

The Wayback Machine is an initiative of the Internet Archive.

–Jesper

How to launch the Windows Settings app directly from the Command line

The Windows Settings app is the entry point for everyday maintenance, configuration, and setup, and can be easily opened with Win + I keyboard shortcut, by clicking on the Settings icon in the Start Menu or Notification Center or by searching for it in the Windows Start Menu.

However, now, and then I need to ease the access to a particular Windows Settings page directly, and this can be easily achieved from either the Run dialog box, the Command Prompt, or using PowerShell. Access to a particular Windows Settings page is possible using URIs (Uniform Resource Identifier) which are unique references to identify specific pages in the Windows Settings app.

Open Windows Settings App from Run dialog box

  1. Open the Run dialog box by pressing Win+R.
  2. Type: “ms-settings:” without the outer quotes, and press Enter to open Windows Settings

To open a specific section of the Windows Settings app type the target URI at the end of the above command and press enter. If you want to open the Windows Update section, open Windows Settings App from Run Dialog Box

  1. Open the Run dialog box by pressing Win+R
  2. Type: “ms-settings:windowsupdate” without the outer quotes, and press Enter to open Windows Settings

You can use ms-settings: URI scheme to launch the Windows Settings app to specific settings pages.

Launch the Windows Settings app directly from the Command line

From a Command Prompt, or scripts, simple call the ms-settings: URI using Start.

Type: “start “” ms-settings:” without the outer quotes, and press Enter to open Windows Settings.

To open the Windows Settings -> Privacy & Security -> Microphone, type:

Type: “start “” ms-settings:” without the outer quotes, and press Enter to open Windows Settings.

A similar experience from within a PowerShell script can be easily achieved by calling the Start-Process cmdlet.

Type: Start-Process -FilePath “ms-settings:”, and press Enter to open Windows Settings.

To open the Windows Settings -> Privacy & Security -> Microphone.

Type: Start-Process -FilePath “ms-settings:privacy-microphone”, and press Enter to open Windows Settings.

More information

To learn more about the Windows Settings URI schema, visit ms-settings: URI scheme reference guide.

–Jesper

Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award 2021-2022

I have been re-awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status for yet another award cycle, 2021-2022.

Dear Jesper Nielsen,
We’re once again pleased to present you with the 2020-2021 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award in recognition of your exceptional technical community leadership. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in the following technical communities during the past year: Windows and Devices for IT.

I am immensely proud and humble, Microsoft has once again recognized my community contributions and re-awarded me as Microsoft MVP for the sixth time in a row in the category Windows & Devices for IT.

Being a Microsoft MVP is only made possible by the support from my family, my colleagues, the community around Windows Management User Group, Denmark (WMUG.dk) (http://wmug.dk/), the people involved and their huge support.

Thank you to my employer, without the support and their trust in me, getting re-award would not have been possible!

What it takes to be a Microsoft MVP for Windows and Devices for IT

Granted, most of my professional time goes with devices management, navigating all the various portal in the Microsoft 365 eco-system and Microsoft Endpoint Manager is a vital part of that journey. But I have a strong passion for End User Experience, and I believe in, you need to have an extensive knowledge about “what you manage” and not so much “how to manage”. Being a Microsoft MVP for Windows and Devices for IT makes me want to know just a bit more, a bit deeper and a bit wider, and knowing Windows from the ground up help me build and deliver well proven prototypes with focus on End User Experience – the management side of this, is (IMHO) just a means to get there, because you have to know what you are managing, to truly understand what you are delivering.

What it takes to be an MVP

The Microsoft MVP Award gives us the unique opportunity to celebrate, honor and say thank you to top-notch technology experts who make outstanding contributions to their communities. These technology experts have an unstoppable urge to get their hands on new, exciting technologies and love to share their knowledge.

While there is no single way to become an MVP, some great examples that showcase MVPs and the passion, community spirit and leadership they have exhibited to earn the MVP award, check out the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional website.

–Jesper

Building my blog – a newbies guide to the galaxy

This is not a guide, it is merely a collection of my blog-ramblings, a collection of things I found to be useful while building this website from the ground up, a collection of to-do’s and a list of things I want to accomplish in my quest building this blog and over time become a blogger.

I have always been a serious person, with a well proven procrastination issue and often too preoccupied with other things and I had a rather halfhearted go to get a blog going. I have been talking about ‘my blog’ for years, I had several domain names, several ideas and pretty much all of them never got airborne. Thinking about it, I always been more of techie than a writer and found I was spending a lot of time building, tuning and customizing various sites, and the whole thing kind of stranded halfway through, becoming too complicated as ambitions was outrunning skills.

I realized I could put some effort into having a blog and at the same time fulfill some goals on my bucket list.

I sat out to define the purpose of building a blog and a plan was brewing. Previously I did not spend much time on thinking about the purpose, or the reason if you like, and I was formulating the purpose of having a blog. Furthermore, I realized by doing so the puzzle somehow started to show and the goals became more measurable. Having a purpose gives me opportunity to adjust as I learned new areas and as new ideas develops. At the same time, it gives me the opportunity to come back and adjust and remind me self about my goals.

Why

  1. Ensure I stay curious and keep learning new skills
  2. Use for references as I must spare my keystrokes and time
  3. Supporting my speaking career and expose me to future speaking opportunities

What

  1. Build and learn to run a WordPress blog in Microsoft Azure and go as far for as little cost as possible
  2. Learn to run and optimize and secure a WordPress blog using free Cloudflare service
  3. Learn the minimum requirements to run a WordPress blog, define the ‘must have’ plugins and explorer the possibilities

How

  1. Add content regularly
  2. Share knowledge about the topics I care about and work with daily.
  3. Writing around 1,000 words per post – if post require more than 1.000 words, I will consider writing multiple posts

Getting started

Part of my plan was to ensure basic knowledge to get started, baselining my ambitions with skills, and ensure I stay focused. So I started out doing hours of research, after all basis knowledge should be expected. I am privileged to have access to Pluralsight. I highly recommend their courses, and I started out to watch the following courses;

And then, days of internet searches, quite a bit of trial and error and more research – for a start I can recommend these resources;

Get going

While preliminary configuration of a WordPress site is simple, I quickly found myself searching all over the internet for configurations options. I somehow needed a game plan.

WordPress core configuration

  • General Settings.
  • Reading Settings.
  • Profile Settings – Your user settings.
  • Permalink Settings.
  • Handling Site Health challenges.
  • Modifying number of WordPress revisions.
  • Modifying author URL to hide e-mail address – do not create usernames based on e-mail address, I will tell you why!
  • Managing and modifying profile picture on Gravatar.

WordPress Pages

Reference: https://wordpress.org/support/article/pages/

WordPress Posts

Reference: https://wordpress.org/support/article/writing-posts/

WordPress Shortcode Blocks

Reference: https://wordpress.org/support/article/shortcode-block/

WordPress Plugins

Reference: https://wordpress.org/support/article/plugins/

WordPress Properties

I need to fully understand WordPress post properties

WordPress Themes

I have spent way to much time, money and resources looking for a WordPress theme. Way to many themes requires myriads of plugins, and way to many require to upgrade to *pro* versions and still the effort to make the theme look just close to the samples is rather complicated. So, for now I have parked the task and will explorer to build my own theme – stay tuned.

Reference: https://wordpress.org/support/article/using-themes/

WordPress Search page

Reference: https://wordpress.org/support/article/creating-a-search-page/

WordPress security

Do I need some security software, to monitor and validate posts, comments, uploads etc.?

WordPress backup

Do I need some backup solution, to backup configurations, pages, posts, comments, uploads etc.?

WordPress linking

Reference: https://wordpress.org/support/article/using-permalinks/ | https://codex.wordpress.org/Linking_Posts_Pages_and_Categories

WordPress Featured Image size and post thumbnail

Reference: https://blog.snappa.com/wordpress-featured-image-size/

Make your web pages fast on all devices

Reference: https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/

Qualys SSL Labs

Get a top score on Qualys SSL Labs SSL Server Test. The service performs a deep analysis of the configuration of your web server.

Security Headers

Get a top score on https://securityheaders.io/. The HTTP response headers that this site analyses provide huge levels of protection and it is important that sites deploy them. The service provides an easy mechanism to validate them, and further information on how to deploy missing headers.

Explorer the possibilities, functionality and cost using Report URI – looks like they has the best, purpose built platform for receiving and monitoring CSP reports.

Reference: https://content-security-policy.com/

Configure Office 365 as SMTP gateway

Reference: https://peritumstudios.com/wordpress/using-office365-to-send-emails-in-wordpress-via-smtp/ |
https://www.pixelfire.com.au/configure-o365-smtp-wordpress-contactform7/

Configure Twitter Cards

Reference: https://developer.twitter.com/en/docs/twitter-for-websites/cards/overview/abouts-cards |
https://business.twitter.com/en/blog/twitter-cards-101.html

Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award 2020-2021

Back in 2016, Microsoft awarded me the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award for the first time. Fast forward to 2020, July 1st was no different from that last five years, repeatedly pressing F5. Late in the afternoon, local time, I received the e-mail I had been waiting for all day.

Dear Jesper Nielsen,
We’re once again pleased to present you with the 2020-2021 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award in recognition of your exceptional technical community leadership. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in the following technical communities during the past year: Windows and Devices for IT

I am honored to receive my fifth Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award. I always have taking pride in being up to date, being the ‘go-to person’ and am always willing to help and support customers, colleagues, and the tech communities. This, I believe, is a big part of the reason I have been awarded the Microsoft MVP for Windows and Devices for IT award since 2016.

I am one, out of a declining number of Microsoft MVPs in the Windows and Devices for IT category; Only 42 globally and I am still the only Microsoft MVP in that category in Denmark. I am particularly proud to be within the Windows and Devices for IT category. Being part of this amazing program makes me proud and I am honored my contributions are recognized and rewarded with a Microsoft MVP Award fifth year in a row.

I have nothing but positive words to share about the Microsoft MVP program. The five years since I was first awarded, have gone by very quickly and being a Microsoft MVP has bought some amazing opportunities. As a professional endorsement the Microsoft MVP Award has been invaluable, and the renewal is much appreciated.

Being a Microsoft MVP is only made possible by the support from my family, my colleagues, the community around Windows Management User Group, Denmark (WMUG.dk) (http://wmug.dk/), the people involved and their huge support.

Thank you to my employer, without the support and their trust in me, getting re-award would not have been possible!

What it takes to be a Microsoft MVP for Windows and Devices for IT

Granted, most of my professional time goes with devices management, navigating all the various portal in the Microsoft 365 eco-system and Microsoft Endpoint Manager is a vital part of that journey. But I have a strong passion for End User Experience, and I believe in, you need to have an extensive knowledge about “what you manage” and not so much “how to manage”. Being a Microsoft MVP for Windows and Devices for IT makes me want to know just a bit more, a bit deeper and a bit wider, and knowing Windows from the ground up help me build and deliver well proven prototypes with focus on End User Experience – the management side of this, is (IMHO) just a means to get there, because you have to know *what* you are managing, to truly understand what you are delivering.

What it takes to be an MVP

The Microsoft MVP Award gives us the unique opportunity to celebrate, honor and say thank you to top-notch technology experts who make outstanding contributions to their communities. These technology experts have an unstoppable urge to get their hands on new, exciting technologies and love to share their knowledge.

While there is no single way to become an MVP, some great examples that showcase MVPs and the passion, community spirit and leadership they have exhibited to earn the MVP award, check out the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional website.

–Jesper

Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award 2019-2020

July 1., is the day of the year I am continuously refreshing my inbox waiting for *that* e- mail. This year I received two e-mails! I received the great news; I am re-awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) title for the 4th time on a row and I am accepted into the Windows Insider MVP program for the first time!

I am humble, honored, and extremely proud to be receiving these recognitions. What a year it has been, I had the pleasure to speak at multiple Microsoft Tech Summits, I was assigned duties at lasts years Microsoft Ignite, I got more involved in the Windows Insider community and really feels the impact becoming a Microsoft MVP has to me and my career – add to this, the huge insight, the information, and the access – it has been incredible and inspiring.

This year, I am one out of just 57 Microsoft MVP’ in the category Windows and Devices for IT and still the only one in Denmark. Being part of this amazing program makes me proud and I am honored my contributions are recognized and rewarded with a Microsoft MVP Award.

Being an Microsoft MVP is only made possible by the support from my family, my colleagues, the community around Everything Windows User Group, Denmark (EWUG.dk), the people involved and their huge support.

Thank you to my employer, without the support and their trust in me, getting re-award would not have been possible!

What it takes to be an MVP

Microsoft MVP’s are technology experts who passionately share their knowledge with the community. They are always on the “bleeding edge” and have an unstoppable urge to get their hands on new, exciting technologies. They have very deep knowledge of Microsoft products and services, while also being able to bring together diverse platforms, products, and solutions, to solve real world problems. MVPs make up a global community of over 4,000 technical experts and community leaders across 90 countries and are driven by their passion, community spirit, and quest for knowledge.

Above all and in addition to their amazing technical abilities, MVPs are always willing to help others – that is what sets them apart.

If you want to know more about the Microsoft MVP Program, check out the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional website.

What it takes to be a Windows Insider MVP

Windows Insiders are experts in their fields and leaders in our community with a passion for using Windows to bring their ideas to life. They are always on the “bleeding edge” and have an unstoppable urge to get their hands on new, exciting technologies – and most importantly they are a huge part of the Windows Insider Program, they offer their support, their knowledge and their feedback.

Are you flighting yet? Get started today by signing up for the Windows Insider Program!

If you want to know more about the Windows Insider MVP program, check out the Windows Insider Most Valuable Professional blog post.

–Jesper

Microsoft Tech Summit 2018, Copenhagen

I would like to say thank you, to everybody who attended the Microsoft Tech Summit 2018, Copenhagen. It was an awesome setup and a great event with a lot of great sessions.

It is always a pleasure and an honor to get the opportunity to speak at a Microsoft event. So, thank you for attending and for making speaking at the event a great experience!

The session and slide deck were originally presented at Microsoft Ignite 2018. As promised during the session, please find notes and links below.

Microsoft Tech Summit 2018, Copenhagen, November 13th, 2018
Session name: Shifting to a Modern Desktop is easier than you might think
Session room: Keynote room, C3
Session link: Shifting to a Modern Desktop is easier than you might think

Slide link: Shifting to a Modern Desktop is easier than you might think

–Jesper

Why I abandoned Facebook

I have not put any updates on Facebook for more than three months, and these days I often get text messages complaining I am not replying on some “Messenger thing”.

Reason: I have abandoned Facebook!

Basically, I reached my bullshit limit and realized Facebook did not give me anything useful and all I was doing was wasting my time – Do not get me wrong, I really like stuff from e.g. How It’s Made, but I found I was watching some dude casting a miniature knife from an old tractor, fascinating but not exactly energizing.

Then, the news about Cambridge Analytica story broke, the whole Trump’s 2016 campaign, Brexit and what have we. On top of that, rumors started that Facebook was silently monitoring phone activities on Android phones gaining access to private data through the social network app and then the Russians got a hold of it…

I had been thinking about leaving Facebook for some time, but despite it is hard to really know what is up and down, I made the decision to abandon Facebook. When it finally came out that Russians had been using Facebook to manipulate people, I was happy I got out’ish and I changed my Facebook habit.

To all my friends on Facebook, you should not, and I repeat, you should not expect to get any respond from me via Facebook

In an academic study on Facebook from August 2013, researchers claimed that the more people used Facebook in their test group, the more unsatisfied they felt with their lives – regardless of how many friends they had amassed. Please accept my apology for acting like and hypocrite, but despite near-constant data misuse scandals emerging from Facebook, the hashtag #DeleteFacebook appeared everywhere, there’s little evidence people are choosing to switch off their accounts entirely and I am one of them.

Facebook have some useful stuff, not that I particularly like seeing pictures of people on vacation, shared recipes, or just random thoughts on daily life. It is a great way to keep in touch with old friends and family across the globe. Facebook must do much better and ensure to secure user data from misuse by individuals and/or corporations – then, and only then, I might consider start using Facebook again.

If you are not paying for it, you are not the customer. You are the product being sold.

However, there seems to be a social cost for being out of the Facebook loop, and opting out of the “phone book of our age”. I know I miss out on casual, but sometime important invitations and lots of fake news. More important, by opting out of Facebook I misses status from friends, holiday photos, baby photos, and the casual status update, it is not essential, but it keeps a trickle of communication open between people I might otherwise not hear from.

Conclusion

By sharing you personally stuff on platforms as Facebook, you must accept that data can be reused, whatever you like it or not, however I want my communications to belong to me. I want more control with “my data” and I am not seeing this happening on Facebook, confirmed by the waste number of Facebook misuse data stories that keep surfacing.

For this reason, I have abandoned Facebook, and has become the occasional user sharing a minimum – if you se me online, feel free to reach out, but please do not expect me to respond.

Update Stumbled across this tweet today: According to new research quitting Facebook makes people happier and less informed about politics, but less partisan, too!

–Jesper

Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award 2018-2019

During the past years, July 1. has become a rather important day for me – July 1. this year was nothing less, I was anxiously waiting for that e-mail. Late in the afternoon, I received the great news, I am re-awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) title. This is Microsoft’s award for community leadership within a technology discipline, which for me is Windows and Device for IT.

I am humble, honored, and extremely proud to be receiving this recognition. I begin to fully understand what impact become a Microsoft MVP has to me and my career – add to this, the insight, the information, and the access – it has been incredible and exiting.

I am one out of just 87 Microsoft MVP’s in the category Windows and Devices for IT – and I am still the only Windows and Devices for IT MVP in this little spot up north, named Denmark.

Being part of this amazing program makes me proud and I am grateful my contributions are recognized and rewarded with a Microsoft MVP Award third year in a row.

Being an Microsoft MVP is only made possible by the support from my family, my colleagues , the constant encouragement by my friend and colleague Per Larsen, the community around Everything Windows User Group, Denmark (EWUG.dk), the people involved and their huge support.

Thank you to my employer, without the support and their trust in me, getting re-award would not have been possible!

What it takes to be an MVP

Microsoft MVP’s are technology experts who passionately share their knowledge with the community. They are always on the “bleeding edge” and have an unstoppable urge to get their hands on new, exciting technologies. They have very deep knowledge of Microsoft products and services, while also being able to bring together diverse platforms, products, and solutions, to solve real world problems. MVPs make up a global community of over 4,000 technical experts and community leaders across 90 countries and are driven by their passion, community spirit, and quest for knowledge. Above all and in addition to their amazing technical abilities, MVPs are always willing to help others – that is what sets them apart.

If you want to know more about the Microsoft MVP Program, check out the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional website.

–Jesper