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Microsoft News: March Updates for Office 365, Microsoft 365 Security and More

The Microsoft release cadence has become somewhat of a runaway train these days.  It’s near impossible to keep up with all the updates without help. Sometimes you need “just the facts”.  Microsoft is quite helpful in this regard and they sent us some news items (below).  In addition, they have their own blog site that is worth checking out to keep up with their cadence. One of the more exciting pieces of news revolves around the new features in Microsoft Teams.  One of the new features is the ability to replace your background during video chats.  You can put the company logo behind you or a cool picture or just blur the background.  Another new feature is support for an additional camera in Microsoft Teams Rooms so that you can show additional information (like analog wh...

Microsoft Turns Teams into a Live and On-demand Virtual Event Solution for Everyone

Microsoft today has announced general availability of a new component for its Teams software that allows anyone to scale out small, medium, and large virtual events. We are thrilled to announce that live events are now generally available in Microsoft Teams – enabling anyone to create live and on-demand events to reach large online audiences. Live events in Microsoft Teams enables you to schedule, produce, broadcast and record rich, interactive streaming content. Up to 10k attendees can join live from anywhere and across any device or watch on-demand at their convenience. Teams live capabilities competes directly with other solutions by including scheduling, audience engagement and feedback, and production controls. Details: Live events now generally available in Microsoft Teams  

Tip: Lockdown Creation of Microsoft Teams and Office 365 Groups

MVP, Anthony Caragol has put together a tool that provides the ability administrators to keep Teams and Office 365 Groups from being created except for those designated to do it. In this case, the tool can be used to lockdown creation to just a specific security group or to global and other admins. Download: Microsoft Teams and Office 365 Creation Lockdown Tool

Tip: Keeping Microsoft Teams from Installing as a Default App for Office 365 ProPlus

If you to exclude Microsoft Teams from installing as part of the overall Office 365 ProPlus installation, you’ll need to modify the XML file with the ExcludeApp element. Use the Office Deployment Tool to make the modifications to add the ExcludeApp element: <Configuration> <Add OfficeClientEdition=”64″ Channel=”Monthly”> <Product ID=”O365ProPlusRetail”> <Language ID=”en-us” /> <ExcludeApp ID=”Teams” /> </Product> </Add> </Configuration> BIG NOTE: This same ExcludeApp element must be added to each and every ProductID element in the XML file. For example, if you intend to only install MS Project – even at a later date – the same ExcludeApp element must be included. Yo...

Microsoft Updates the Timeline a Bit for When Teams will Install by Default for Office 365 ProPlus

Earlier this year, Microsoft made the announcement that its Teams product would soon begin installing as part of the Office 365 ProPlus installation. The original target date was March 2019. And, while the integration is on track, Microsoft has updated the timeline a bit to include the various branches of deployment. Here’s the current timeline (note the SAC change): Monthly Channel Version 1902 – March 4, 2019 Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) Version 1902 – March 12, 2019 Semi-Annual Channel Version 1902 – July 9, 2019

Microsoft Teams Rooms Gets Update to Resolve Volume Issue

Microsoft is rolling out an update to Microsoft Teams Rooms that takes the version to The rollout is being staggered, beginning with the first 10% and then pushing to 100% in a matter of days. So, if you don’t see the updated components right away, this is the reason. One notable fix is included in the update.  The volume issue that occurs on MTR in Teams meeting mode has been resolved. One other piece that changed in this update that customers should be aware of is that the casting icon and description on the Front-of-Room display have been removed. These features will be enabled in the future.

Planner Integration for Microsoft Teams Shows Up for Government Accounts

Microsoft has begun rolling out Planner integration in Microsoft Teams for Microsoft 365 Government accounts. The Planner integration is already available for standard Office 365 subscriptions. Government access to standard features generally takes a bit longer. According to the notification… We’re happy to announce that Microsoft Planner’s popular integration with Microsoft Teams is now available for all Microsoft 365 Government GCC plans.  This integration will be coming to GCC High and G4 plans in the coming months as well.  There’s nothing to install or enable to start using Planner in Teams: simply open your Teams app, add a plan, and begin managing your work more efficiently.

Tip: Admin Training for Microsoft Teams

Microsoft provides the following resources to help get you up to speed on implementing and managing a Microsoft Teams environment in your organization.   Title Video PowerPoint Foundations – Core Components Video Deck Windows Desktop Client Video Deck Governance, management, and Lifecycle Video Deck Network Planning Video Deck Call Quality Overview Video Deck Meetings introduction Video Deck Phone System introduction Video Deck Direct Routing Video Deck Upgrade from Skype for Business to Teams Video 1: Introduction to Upgrade Video 2: Plan your upgrade Video 3: Coexistence and Interoperability Video 4: Administrator experience Deck

Microsoft Teams is Part of the Default Installation for Office 365 Business Starting with 1901

In case you missed it, Skype for Business Online is no longer included in Office 365 for new customers. Instead, Microsoft Teams is now the primary client for meetings and calling in Office 365.   Currently, Microsoft Teams is a separate installation from Office 365 Business. But, starting in January 2019, Teams will be installed by default for new installations of Office 365 Business, starting with Version 1901. #O365 #MSTeams — Per Larsen [MVP] (@PerLarsen1975) January 5, 2019

Use PowerShell to Send Notifications to Microsoft Teams

A new PowerShell module is available to enable sending notifications to Microsoft Teams groups. This PowerShell Module allows to send notifications to Microsoft Teams. It’s pretty flexible and provides a bunch of options. While there are already 2 other modules related to sending notifications to Teams this one takes it a step further. More information and download: PSTeams Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

Microsoft Rolling Out Free Version of Teams

Microsoft today is making available a free version of its Slack competitor, Microsoft Teams. Features: Supports up to 300 people Includes unlimited chat messages and searches 10GB of file storage for teams 2GB of personal storage Group audio and video calling Integrations with 140 apps   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

Microsoft Teams PowerShell Module for Sending Rich Messages to Teams

Matthew Houston has put together a PowerShell module that utilizes a web hook to send emails to team members. On GitHub: PSMicrosoftTeams   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!