Start a chat and share a file in Dynamics 365 Guides on HoloLens

When a Microsoft Dynamics 365 Guides user on HoloLens is on a call with one or more remote collaborators on Microsoft Teams desktop, Microsoft Teams mobile, or Dynamics 365 Remote Assist, call participants can chat with each other, and the remote collaborator(s) on Teams or Dynamics 365 Remote Assist can share files or page links in the Chat window. This is particularly useful in service-related scenarios where the remote expert wants to share a diagram or some other illustration to help the Dynamics 365 Guides user diagnose and/or solve a problem. Participants can also share deep links to guides in a chat. For example, a Dynamics 365 Guides author might want to collaborate with a remote user by sharing a direct link to a specific guide or even a step within a guide.

Note

An adminstrator can remove the ability for a user to chat by modifying a Microsoft Teams policy. Learn more about Teams policies supported by Dynamics 365 Guides.

File sharing for guest and external users is determined by Teams, OneDrive for Business, and SharePoint settings. Learn more about guest access

Start a chat from Dynamics 365 Guides

  1. Select the Chat button to start a chat.

    Note

    If you receive a chat invite from a remote collaborator, a red circle appears on the Chat button and the Chat button animates.

    Screenshot of Meetings window with Chat button highlighted.

    A new Chat window appears to the right of the video feed.

  2. To respond to the chat, place your gaze cursor over the box that says "Type a new message".

    Screenshot highlighting where to enter message.

  3. In the holographic keyboard that appears, enter your message, or use the Microphone button to dictate a message. Select the Send button (or press the Return key on the holographic keyboard) when you're ready to send the message.

    Screenshot showing holographic keyboard with Microphone button highlighted for the dictation option.

    If a remote collaborator shares a file or page link, the file or page automatically opens in a new window in your space. You can move this window wherever you want or size it directly with your hands.

    Screenshot showing example file shared with the user.

    The remote collaborator can also paste a link into the Chat window to share a file.

    Note

    A remote collaborator can share a file with a Dynamics 365 Guides user, but the Dynamics 365 Guides user cannot share a file with other participants on the call.

Start a chat from Teams

Teams desktop (PC or Mac)

During a call with a Dynamics 365 Guides user, participants can communicate through text chat. The Dynamics 365 Guides user can only see messages that are exchanged during the call. The chat log is available through Teams after the call ends.

To start a chat:

  1. In the call controls, select the Chat button.

    Screenshot showing call controls with Chat button highlighted.

  2. To send a OneDrive or local file through chat, select the Attach file button or paste the file directly into the Chat window.

    Note

    Dynamics 365 Guides chat supports certain formats, including bold, italic, strikethrough, and underline. It also supports hyperlinks. However, it does not support HTML-formatted text or lists, such as a passage you copy and paste from a website.

    For example, if you copy and paste text from a website that has HTML formatting and send it during a Dynamics 365 Guides call, the Dynamics 365 Guides user will see the plain text in the Chat window but the formatting may not be what you expect.

Teams mobile

  • Select the Chat button Graphic showing the Chat button. to open the text chat and send text messages.

    After the call, all participants can access the messages (and OneDrive and Teams file links) via the Teams chat.

Share a file from Teams

A remote collaborator on Teams (PC, Mac, or mobile) can share a file when they're on a call with a Dynamics 365 Guides user on HoloLens. For example, a remote collaborator might want to share a .pdf file of a diagram to help the Dynamics 365 Guides user resolve a problem. The remote collaborator can share the following types of files: .jpg, .bmp, .png, .tif/.tiff, .pdf, still gif.

To share a different type of file, for example, an instructional video or a series of instructions in a PowerPoint presentation, the remote collaborator can share their desktop or application window.

Note

After you share a file from Teams, only the Dynamics 365 Guides user can move, resize, or delete the file from their space.

Teams policies and file sharing

Dynamics 365 Guides follows Teams policies for sharing files. If your Teams policies are configured to prevent file sharing, users won't be able to share files with each other. See these links for more info:

Use Teams desktop (PC or Mac) to share a file

You can share a OneDrive for Business file or a local file with a Dynamics 365 Guides user. Dynamics 365 Guides does not support sharing from a shared SharePoint folder or from a personal OneDrive folder.

Use one of the following methods to share a file:

  • In the Mixed Reality toolbar, select the Add file button.

    Screenshot of Mixed Reality toolbar with Add file button highlighted.

    The file will be uploaded to your OneDrive for Business folder and permissions to access that single file will be granted to all call participants.

  • In the Teams Chat window, select the Attach file button.

  • Copy and paste the file into the Chat window.

    Note

    If you paste a bitmap file this way, it won't appear for the Dynamics 365 Guides user. To share a bitmap file, make sure to use one of the methods above to attach the file.

When you share a file, it appears as a new window in the Dynamics 365 Guides user's space and a link to the file is shared in the chat. All call participants can annotate a file displayed in the Dynamics 365 Guides user's space. Note, however, that Teams mobile users can only annotate in one-to-one calls.

Use Teams mobile to share a file

Share a OneDrive for Business file

Note

Dynamics 365 Guides does not support sharing from a shared SharePoint folder or a personal OneDrive folder.

  1. In the call controls, select the More info button […].

    Screenshot of Call controls with More info button highlighted.

  2. Select Insert file, and then select whether to insert the file from OneDrive for Business or from a Teams team or channel. You can insert an image, still gif, video, or .pdf file.

    The file appears as a new window in the Dynamics 365 Guides user’s environment. At this time, the Dynamics 365 Guides user cannot save the shared file in their own OneDrive for Business folder.

Share a photo from your phone

  1. In the call controls, select the More info button […].

    Screenshot of Call controls with More info button highlighted.

  2. Select Insert file, and then select Photo.

  3. Take a photo or select a photo from your mobile device’s photo gallery.

    Screenshot of the photo option in Teams mobile.

  4. Select the text chat. The photo is attached to a blank message.

  5. Send the photo.

    The file appears as a new window in the Dynamics 365 Guides user’s environment. At this time, the Dynamics 365 Guides user cannot save the shared file in their own OneDrive for Business folder.

  6. Select the text chat. The photo is attached to a blank message.

  7. Send the photo.

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