In this video, Phil Gold shows you how to log in to Spark the very first time. Learn how to open Spark online from your email invitation and start collaborating and connecting to your team.
- [Instructor] Your first interaction with Spark will probably via an invitation email. Now this might get sent out to everyone in your company by the system admin, or it may be sent directly to you by a coworker, but the message itself will be more or less the same. Here's a sample email sent to George Chang, who's one of the employees at the fictional H Plus Sports Company that we're using for these demonstrations. And as you can see, it's pretty straightforward, basically just, "Hey, we're using Spark, "and we want to get you started, so click here," so, let's click.
On your first sign-in, you'll get to do a little extra stuff. Your first chore is to enter a password. We've got password that we've saved, so we'll just go ahead and put that in, and we will create the account. And now we get to enter our name. Now, a quick point here. You could put anything you want, since Spark identifies you by your email address, but I strongly recommend that you use your actual name or the name everybody knows you by. Cute nicknames might be fun, but the idea here is to make yourself visible to your coworkers, and they are probably not going to be looking for you as Unicorn Samurai Bluebell or Big Abs, so resist the temptation.
We will go ahead and, say, George Chang. Well, George will become Georgie, because that's what everybody in the office calls him. And we'll just say Georgie Chang. And click Next. Welcome, Georgie. You're going to get some messages here, some advice from Spark. We can just go ahead and say got it, got it, got it for now 'cause we'll talk about all these things as we go. All right, and you notice up here there's a message about downloading.
We'll talk about that as we go on, but for now, we're pretty much launched in Spark's online experience. As I said earlier, the web version of Spark will handle most of the basic functionality, and we'll spend a lot of time with it in this course. However, there are places where the desktop experience is different and sometimes better, and if you've got a fully-integrated Cisco solution in your organization, you'll need the desktop for some features.
Since the installation is a bit complicated, we'll review that in the next video.
- Updating your profile and settings
- Chatting with people
- Sharing files in chats
- Starting calls
- Adding other people to calls and chats
- Adjusting permissions
- Adding spaces and teams
- Using the Spark mobile app