Teams

Introducing Teams Private Channels

with 2 Comments by Tony Redmond

Microsoft launched private channels for Teams at the Ignite conference. This article describes the architecture and structure of private channels and discusses their intended usage. In a follow-up, I'll go into how to create and manage private channels in a Teams deployment and discuss some of the issues you should consider when using this new feature.

Discover Who Creates Guest Accounts in Office 365 Applications

with 1 Comment by Tony Redmond

Office 365 applications now create many guest accounts in Azure Active Directory. You can see what accounts exist, but it's more difficult to discover who created the accounts - or why they were created. Fortunately, the Office 365 audit log holds a lot of useful data that can be interrogated to find some answers and PowerShell is a great tool for slicing and dicing audit data. See what you think of the answers I've come up with.

SharePoint Gets Better Connected to Teams

with 2 Comments by Tony Redmond

The fit-and-finish quality within Office 365 is sometimes less than desirable. Two recent changes in SharePoint Online make it easier for users to know when a document library is connected to Teams and to generate thumbnails for items stored in the library. Neither change is awe-inspiring, but both are examples of how to improve SharePoint's fit-and-finish, which is a good thing.

Change in Management Philosophy Needed to Accelerate Teams Growth

with 1 Comment by Tony Redmond

Microsoft Teams is very successful at present, but a nagging doubt exists that some of the approaches taken by Microsoft towards Teams management and administration are less than optimum. It's great to introduce a mass of new features on an ongoing basis and it's better when policies exist to control the use of the features. But do new features always need to be enabled out-of-the-box?

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    Adoption and Change Management: Two Sides of the Office 365 Card

    by Tony Redmond

    Adoption and Change Management are often discussed when companies move to cloud services, including Office 365. How quickly can we adopt the new services and how can we manage change? As it happens, Microsoft is extremely interested in driving customer adoption, so much so that this can cause problems with change management simply because so much change happens so quickly insist Office 365. As we discuss here, a structured approach to change management helps.

    Competition and Adoption Driving Microsoft to Linux Client for Teams

    by Tony Redmond

    Lots of hot air and fuss resulted when Microsoft confirmed on the Teams UserVoice site that they are actively working on a Teams client for Linux. Many Office 365 tenants will be bemused at the attention this topic received, but competition with Slack and the need to drive faster adoption in Teams deployments are compelling reasons for Microsoft to do this work. We can only hope that the project results in better Teams clients all round.

    Exploiting the Graph When PowerShell Can’t Do Enough for Teams

    with 4 Comments by Tony Redmond

    Although Teams has a PowerShell module, its cmdlets can't get at some of the interesting information for team objects. But the Graph API reveals that information. Combining the Graph with PowerShell makes it possible to retrieve the information with just a little effort. A working example helps make the point, so here's a script to report the Teams channels with email addresses.

    Office 365 Group Expiration Policy Auto-Renews Based on User Activity

    by Tony Redmond

    The original Office 365 Groups expiration policy was pretty good. It helps tenants keep control of potential group sprawl by removing old groups based on age. Now the policy takes user activity into account. While still not perfect, the new implementation makes the group expiration policy even easier to use because owners don't have to do anything to renew their groups if the groups remain in active use. You might debate the set of activities chosen by Microsoft to represent a good signal of group activity, but not the way the policy now works.

    BitTitan Introduces Cross-Tenant Teams Migration

    by Tony Redmond

    Moving Teams between Office 365 tenants has been a challenge since the earliest days of Teams. Now a beta Graph API has allowed BitTitan to create the ability to transfer team settings and channel conversations between tenants. The migration isn't perfect, but it's a good start and will improve over time as BitTitan and other ISVs work out the best way to move Teams content around.

    Controlling Communications Inside Office 365 Tenants with Information Barriers (Part 1)

    by Tony Redmond

    Office 365 Information Barriers allow organizations to erect logical firewalls between different user communities to ensure that regulatory and legal requirements are met. Teams and Exchange Online support Information Barrier policies, which replace Address Book Policies. Some work is necessary to get Information Barriers set up. We cover that work in this article and prepare the ground for deploying the policies to Teams.

    Slack Takes Aim at Teams Weaknesses

    with 3 Comments by Tony Redmond

    Slack's July 22 post reports some advances in their desktop client that seem to aim at reported weaknesses in the Teams desktop client. The best update is better protection against network outages. The other claims of 50% less RAM, 33% faster startup, and 10x better call joining need validation in the real world.