Category Archives: Microsoft Teams

MC445406 – Announcing Microsoft Teams Premium

Updated January 14, 2022: We have updated the content below to provide additional clarity. Thank you for your patience.

Today, we are excited to announce Microsoft Teams Premium. Built on the familiar, all-in-one collaboration experience of Microsoft Teams, this new offering makes every meeting from 1:1s to large meetings, to virtual appointments to webinars more personalized, intelligent, and protected. Unlike the disconnected experience and costs of multiple point products or add-ons, with Teams Premium you get everything you need for just one low price.

As part of the Teams Premium announcement, these existing features will move to Teams Premium, and will be still open for everyone for a grace period of time:

  • Live translation of captions – available to all until 60 days after Teams Premium General availability.
  • Custom together mode scenes – available to all until 30 days after Teams Premium General availability.
  • Timeline markers in Teams meetings recordings (join/leave meetings)- available to all until 30 days after Teams Premium General availability.
  • Virtual Appointments – available to all until 30 days after Teams Premium General availability.
    • SMS notifications
    • Organizational analytics in Admin Center
    • Scheduled queue view

Teams Premium will be generally available in February.

Learn more about Teams Premium here: Introducing Microsoft Teams Premium, the better way to meet.

Microsoft Teams: Federated Group Calling

Message Summary

We are releasing the capability for users to easily start a group Teams call with federated colleagues outside of the organization, including video and screen sharing, all over an internet connection without any PSTN usage charges.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 103042

When this will happen:

The rollout will begin in early January 2023 and is expected to be complete by mid-January 2023.

How this will affect your organization:

Users will be able to start a group call within the chat that has federated users in it. 

What you need to do to prepare:

Admins will have to enable federation for the tenant to be able to allow users to collaborate outside of the tenant.

For more information, please visit Use Guest Access and External Access to Collaborate with People Outside Your Organization

Additional information

But what does it actually mean!!!

Currently, it isn’t possible to do a screen-sharing session from a group chatl that is shown as external (basically a group chat that has external (Federated) users.

Within my Microsoft tenant, external access is configured as per the screenshot below

So external (Federated) users are able to contact me without issue, provided you are already federating with organisations you will soon have the ability to also screenshare.

For those who are not federating you can now have the ability to promote group chats to Voice, Video and Screensharing.

Regards

Andrew Moran.

Moving your Microsoft Teams Wiki’s to OneNote

Hello Reader

Microsoft has recently announced the retirement of Wiki in Microsoft Teams

Moving your Wiki to OneNote

The process for moving your wiki is incredibly easy and I will show you how its done.

First of all, open your Microsoft Teams Channel where you have a Wiki present and Click Get Details

Click Export Notes –> Process will then start –> Click Finsh to complete

A new tab called Notes will appear

One of the cool features I like about this is that, all the Wikis you export from your Channels will appear in this tab so as per my screenshot above you can get my General channel which also contained a Wiki

So that is how you move your Wiki to OneNote, yes if you have multiple wikis across millions of channels its a manual process. As least Microsoft have create an export feature and you dont have to copy/paste everything out.

Regards

Andrew Moran

Wiki retirement and the future of note taking in Teams Channels

MC496248 · Published 11 Jan 2023

Microsoft Message Center Message

Message Summary

We announcing that Wiki’s will be retired from Teams. We are offering note taking capabilities through Teams Channels powered by OneNote.are

When this will happen:

The following change will be rolled out starting mid-February

How this affects your organization:

With this release, users have an option to export their wiki content to OneNote notebooks in Teams standard channel. After exporting users can go to the Notes tab to collaborate using OneNote in channels.

Note: With this change users can continue to access and edit existing wikis but can’t create new wikis in Teams channels.

Wiki export to OneNote
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OneNote provides an enhanced note taking experience.

  • Easy collaboration across the team
  • View all channel notes in a team in one place organized within a single notebook
  • Rich editing with typing, ink annotations, highlighting, file attachments, etc.
  • Easy recall & search for channel notes within OneNote on any platform

Upcoming plans

Soon Notes tabs powered by OneNote will be added by default when users create new channels. For now, users can create OneNote tabs manually using the add tab experience (via +).

We will share out the details of Wiki retirement in advance to help our customers prepare for this change.

What you can do to prepare:

We urge users to export their channel wikis to OneNote once it is available.

If your organization has not enabled OneNote you can review this documentation:

Microsoft Teams PowerShell Module versions older than 4.x.x will be retired. Time to update!!!

The Microsoft Teams PowerShell module versions old than 4.x.x will be retired from Mid-June 2022. After this date, you wont be able use the module to administrate Microsoft Teams.

So what do you do to update the module?

Well I have a brilliant PowerShell Script in Github that updates all installed modules on your local device. It checks the installed version against the available online version to see if an update is required. If any updated version is available, the script will remove the legacy version and reinstall the latest module.

Download Script from GitHub Here

Regards

The Author – Blogabout.Cloud

Microsoft Teams: Admins can use cloud shell from Teams admin center

Microsoft has now launched Cloud Shell within the Microsoft Teams Admin Center (13th January 2022), to enable Admins the ability to run PowerShell scripts direct from the browser.

The ability to use Cloud Shell for Microsoft Teams has been available for a while now but this small addition to the Admin Center resolves the need to have more than one window open to administer your Teams environment.

So if you are a Microsoft Teams Admin, go and check it out today.

Regards
The Author

Life with Microsoft Teams and MeasureUP App

I have been recently looking at implementing the new MeasureUp Microsoft Teams Application into my corporate organisation. I want to share what I’ve learnt about the application, how it can benefit organisation and reduce your licencing cost if you already use MeasureUp.

The Application

So the MeasureUp Application where do I get it and what permissions does it require?

Approving application in Microsoft Teams

Launching the Microsoft Teams Admin Centre à Manage Apps – Find MeasureUp, the tenant admin can approve this application.

Permissions

When approving the application you need to understand what permissions you are granting to MeasureUp

  • Receive messages and data that I provide to it.
  • Access my profile information such as my name, email address, company name, and preferred language.
  • Receive messages and data that team members provide to it in a channel.
  • Access this team’s information such as team name, channel list and roster (including team member’s names and email addresses) – and use this to contact them​.

The MeasureUp application is available within your Microsoft Teams Application store as shown below, this app will be visual to all end users if you are an organization that doesn’t limit what apps are made available.

Application

The application is added to a Microsoft Teams Channel as shown below;

Click Add to a team

Search for the Channel you would like to add Measure Up to

Once you setup the Tab, you will be presented with the following window

Click Login, it will identify the user by their email address which was defined in the Measure Up Portal.

Depending on what exams have been made available, they will be displayed like so in the following windows

Administrators of MeasureUp receive the following window when they login.

Now we have an understanding of the application, the permissions required and what it looks like in a Teams tenant. Lets have a look at the cost of this solution.

The Cost

The subscription cost for full MeasureUp access is $250 with a minimum of a 100 users requirement. However, if you are looking at just using Microsoft Teams its $100 with a minmum of a 100 user requirement. So the cost saving is massive for any organisation that is looking at using MeasureUp.

Microsoft Spotlight Podcast – Episode 5 with Laurie Pottmeyer

On episode 5 of the Microsoft Spotlight podcast, Andrew and Jon speak to Microsoft’s Laurie Pottmeyer! Laurie passionately talks about her role as the Microsoft Teams Community Manager and how she positively engages with the community to improve the Microsoft Teams experience, including the creation of the Women in Teams community. As a single Mum who travels alot, Laurie tells Andrew and Jon how she structures life around her kids and how her daughter even managed a trip to Paris for a conference!

Laurie’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/lauriepottmeyer
Laurie’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lauriepottmeyer/
Women in Teams Community: aka.ms/WITCommunity
Andrew’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/thewatchernode
Microsoft Spotlight Twitter: https://twitter.com/msftspotlight
Jon’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonjarvis

Listen to us on;
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAlwyX2vyn0pmQ6CRnu0siA
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6XFgTlvbs4HholpigMPtZe
Google Podcast: https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy80YTJkNDE5Yy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw==
Apple Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/microsoft-spotlight-podcast/id1553131146
Anchor.FM: https://anchor.fm/msftspotlight
Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/microsoft-spotlight-podcast-1786419

Following us on;
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/msftspotlight
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/msftspotlight/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/msftspotlight

The Author – Blogabout.Cloud

Understand how to configure your Microsoft 365 Tenant for Microsoft Viva Learning

During Microsoft Ignite there was a session called OD370 – Introducing Microsoft Viva Learning. In this session, it provided details in how to configure Microsoft Viva Learning.

I am now going to run over this session and provide the details described in the video.

Whats is the Learning App?

The Learning App is an extension to Microsoft Teams which allows the content from various sources into a single panel of glass. By default, you will be able to access the following locations.

Important Note

Microsoft has not release much information around the licencing for LinkedIn Learning with the Learning App as present.
LinkedIn Learning
Microsoft Learn
Microsoft 365 Training

You will also be able to include the following 3rd parties at launch of the Learning App

Coursera
edX
Pluralsight
Skillsoft

You will also be able to pull SharePoint content via a connector into the Microsoft Team Learning App.

Configuring the Learning App

At present, you are unable to configure the Learning App as it’s not in public preview or general availability. However, this doesn’t stop me from explaining the steps required.

Launch you Microsoft 365 Admin Center
Go to Integrated apps under Settings
Under Services will be “Learning App”

Once you selected the Learning App you will be able to enable or disable the content sources.

Publishing the Learning App

In preparation for the launch of the Learning App, you are unable to publish the app centrally from Microsoft Teams Admin Centre. This will be made available at the launch of this solution.

But you can install Learning app manually to your Teams Client today.

Heres a blog post I did about the Insight apps which is available today, you can follow the same process to publish the Learning (when available) to your organisation.

Sign up here for latest information about http://aka.ms/vivalearning

Public preview of Microsoft Viva Learning App should be hitting tenants for Admins sometime in April. No confirmed date from Microsoft has been released.

Regards
The Author – Blogabout.Cloud

Automate the publishing of Microsoft Service HEalth Messages to Microsoft Teams

In a blog post, I shown you how to configure Azure Automation to publish Microsoft Service Health messages to Microsoft Teams.

I am now going to show you how to configure Power Automate to act as the schedule for publishing the messages to Microsoft Teams. It is a very simple process

Configuring Power Automate

Launch Power Automate Portal using the following URL https://emea.flow.microsoft.com/en-us/

Click Create and Schedule Cloud Flow

Specify Flow Name
Define when and how you want the flow to run then clioc

Search for Azure Automation
Select Create Job

As you can see this is a premium connector and the account configure this process will need the correct licencing.

Specify;
– Subscription
– Resource Group
– Automation Account
– Runbook Name

As shown below

Now that you have completed this process, Microsoft Teams will receive updates every 15 minutes.

Regards
The Author – Blogabout.Cloud