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April 17th, 2019 by Skype for Business News Aggregator

A new product is coming to Microsoft Teams (pending approval in the store): The Validator

A first step in the long journey of bringing all of the best parts of the Skype Validator into Microsoft Teams.

Our first version will bring the Validator Checks into the Teams. In the below screen shot we can see the port check tool being used check if microsoft.com is open on port 443.

On the left you choose the Test Type and on the right you get the results.

We have lots of other items planned including:

  • Saved validation results
  • Ongoing validation checks (scheduled, etc)
  • and much more

Lastly, my goal is to get this to the point where it’s available on GitHub for the community.

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April 16th, 2019 by Skype for Business News Aggregator

Learn how to increase company culture and organization transparency in our webinar “5 Ways to Skyrocket Your Organizational Engagement with Yammer!”


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Arròs negre is a Valencian and Catalan dish made with squid ink, rice, and either cuttlefish or squid. It’s very similar to seafood paella. The squid ink and cuttlefish are unique ingredients that represent the Valencian and Catalan culture. Naturally, it can take those unfamiliar with the dish some time to adapt, but if given some time they’re sure to love it!

Speaking of culture and adapting to new experiences, I’m hosting a webinar next Monday on how to increase Yammer adoption and boost company culture. I also had the good fortune of enjoying this dish with my friend Steve Smith who’s hosting a workshop on May 2nd covering how to increase Microsoft Teams adoption. Check it out here!


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April 16th, 2019 by Skype for Business News Aggregator

Learn how to increase company culture and organization transparency in our webinar, 5 Ways to Skyrocket Your Organizational Engagement with Yammer!


Catch up with our other #ChewNChat posts below!

Arròs negre is a Valencian and Catalan dish made with squid ink, cuttlefish or squid, and rice. It is very similar to seafood paella. The squid ink and cuttlefish are unique ingredients that represent the Valencian and Catalan culture that can be a big change for some people that requires some adoption to eat.

Speaking of culture, change, and adoption, I am hosting a webinar next Monday on how to increase Yammer adoption and boost company culture. I also had the good fortune of having this dish with my friend, Steve Smith, who is hosting a workshop on May 2nd on how to increase Microsoft Teams adoption.


Join us at our one-day workshops! Building A Successful Modern Workplace Through Microsoft Teams & Office 365



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April 16th, 2019 by Skype for Business News Aggregator

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If you’ve held a job with a medium to large-sized company, chances are you’ve heard of SharePoint. What you might not know, though, is that SharePoint is so much more than a corporate intranet. In addition to holding documents needed for company knowledge management, it also speeds up collaboration, learning, and discovery for companies worldwide. Below are just some of the ways SharePoint can drive productivity for your organization. 

1. SharePoint speeds up collaboration! 

Have you ever collaborated on a file with a group of colleagues by passing it back and forth as an email attachment? What a time that was, huh? What was once considered a reliable way of working together now seems prehistoric in retrospect. SharePoint allows multiple users to edit a file at the same time regardless of if they’re working from a desktop or phone. It also offers version history, so if you do find yourself “playing catch” you’ll know which file is the most up-to-date.  

Furthermore, since SharePoint is integrated with the Microsoft stack, most employees will likely already be familiar with it. This employee familiarity will make SharePoint adoption (or the adoption of any piece of software) a more simple and straightforward process. Microsoft’s single sign-on will also prevent lag that could take place by using separate systems.  

2. SharePoint speeds up learning and learning drives productivity

Knowledge repositories are great for onboarding employees to new teams. SharePoint allows you to create training videos and organized FAQ sections instead of solely relying on human resources to coach new hires on common business practices and procedures. New hires will be able to quickly find what they need, and you can spend more time where it counts.  

3. SharePoint search saves users time 

SharePoint search is as simple to use as Google and helps users find what they’re looking for fast without the need to look through folders. There are also a multitude of advanced search options to work with if you need them. Click here for more on advanced SharePoint search.


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4. SharePoint improves corporate agility 

SharePoint has come a long way since it first launched. Today users can spin up a SharePoint site in a matter of seconds that’ll help fulfill the needs of their teams (though letting end users create SharePoint sites without proper governance may not be in the best interests of an organization). The agility this feature brings to organizational teams can’t be beat, and is especially great for companies that need to collaborate and evolve quickly!

5. SharePoint keeps departments and groups on the same page

SharePoint and Office 365 groups go hand in hand. When a department creates a new Office 365 Group it also creates an accompanying Microsoft Team, SharePoint site, OneNote, shared mailbox and more. SharePoint helps interdepartmental groups stay organized by placing documents that get passed back and forth in Microsoft Teams chats into the same file repository. This makes it easy for users on a team to search for and find the documents they need fast!

6. SharePoint creation, management, and retention can be automated.  

We get it. Managing employee documents, intranets, knowledge libraries, and Microsoft Teams-related SharePoint sites can be hard. That’s why third-party solutions can be so useful. Equipping your organization with the right IT tools can ensure that SharePoint creation, management, and retention is streamlined, secure and requires very little effort from Records Administrator and IT staff. Third-party tools can also help you prevent sprawl, retain records, and keep your collaboration sites running smoothly.

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April 16th, 2019 by Skype for Business News Aggregator

Do you belong to too many Microsoft Teams?  Well Microsoft has announced that they will be rolling out changes to Teams to automatically move Teams you have not visited in 45 days to a “More” category at the bottom of your left rail in Teams.  This is a great new addition for those that a members of many teams and find the Teams list in the left rail a bit cluttered.  

These changes will begin happening to all tenants in May 2019 and gradually hit all tenants worldwide by end of June.  There is no action required on your part to enable this feature. 

Once this change takes effect in your tenant, you will receive a notice like the one below indicating inactive teams have been moved.

Teams Left Nav

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April 16th, 2019 by Skype for Business News Aggregator

As part of our mini series on Office 365 Analytics and Reporting, in this episode we are speaking with Adam Curry from Unify^2 to speak about PowerSuite.

Watch and listen to the O365Eh team intro video to Office 365 Analytics and Reporting Mini Series!

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April 16th, 2019 by Skype for Business News Aggregator

In this new mini series the team tackles Microsoft Office 365 Analytics and Reporting. This introduction recording we discuss the out of the box analytics and reporting capabilities provided by Microsoft, and the 6 vendors we had separate podcasts with to see how they have taken data analysis and reporting to the next level.

Microsoft Native Tools - Usage Reports, Teams Reporting, Graph Api, Powershell, Power Bi.

Vendor Interviews: Quest Unify^2IR , NectarModality SystemstyGraph

 

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April 16th, 2019 by Skype for Business News Aggregator

I was playing around with the idea how to get more out of Kaizala and it's interfaces. I have already earlier written about using the Flow with Kaizala in my November 2018 post. This time I thought I bring in Rest API and see how that can be used when creating a messaging solution. Why … Jatka lukemista Interacting with Kaizala via API

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April 15th, 2019 by Skype for Business News Aggregator

Meeting Migration Service is an automatic service in Office 365 that could find Skype for Business Server meetings and replace them with Skype for Business Online meetings automatically when a user is moved from SfBS to SfBO. It can also add PSTN Audio Conferencing details if this service is added or changed.

Now, that same service will be able to scan users Exchange Online calendar and change their SfB meetings to Microsoft Teams meetings.

This will be rolling this out to customers starting May 8, 2019, and the rollout will be completed worldwide by the end of May.

MMS will be triggered to update a user’s existing meetings in the following scenarios:

  • When a user is migrated from on-premises to the cloud (whether to Skype for Business Online or to TeamsOnly).
  • When an admin makes a change to the user’s audio-conferencing settings
  • When an online user is upgraded to Teams only, or when a user’s mode in TeamsUpgradePolicy is set to SfBwithTeamsCollabAndMeetings
  • When you use a PowerShell cmdlet.

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From the time MMS is triggered, it typically takes about 2 hours until the user’s meetings are migrated. However, if the user has a large number of meetings, it might take longer.

If you have PowerShell scripts that grant TeamsUpgradePolicy AND you do not want meetings to be migrated to Teams, update these scripts to also pass the new parameter MigrateMeetingsToTeams $false. For details, see: Grant-CsTeamsUpgradePolicy

In addition to automatic meeting migrations, admins can manually trigger meeting migration for a user by running the cmdlet Start-CsExMeetingMigration. This cmdlet queues a migration request for the specified user. The new TargetMeetingType parameter (which is currently limited to participants in the Technology Adoption Program) allows you to specify how to migrate the meetings:

  • Using TargetMeetingType Current specifies that Skype for Business meetings remain Skype for Business meetings and Teams meetings remain Teams meetings. However audio conferencing coordinates might be changed, and any on-premises Skype for Business meetings would be migrated to Skype for Business Online.
  • Using TargetMeetingType Teams specifies that any existing meeting must be migrated to Teams, regardless of whether the meeting is hosted in Skype for Business online or on-premises, and regardless of whether any audio conferencing updates are required.

Using the Meeting Migration Service (MMS)

From Tom Talks UC at http://tomtalks.uk
     

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April 15th, 2019 by Skype for Business News Aggregator

A month ago, I blogged about some naming convention changes in the Microsoft Teams UI, Favorite becomes Show, Remove Favorite becomes Hide, Follow and Unfollow becomes Notifications.

I think this made a lot of sense. Depending on how you use Microsoft Teams as an organisation, you can end up being a member of many teams. For example, at Modality Systems, we take a 1 team per customer approach, and since I work on strat and products across multiple customers, as well as all my project teams, I’m in a lot of teams. This is OK. Initially, I wasn’t sure about this approach or one team per customer, but it works well, with a bit of management. I have a blog post coming on the approach and practicality of it.

When you become a member of many teams, it can be overwhelming. The UI let you have “Your Teams” (previously “Favourites”) and “Hidden Teams” (previously “More”).

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Manually clicking “Show” or “Hide” will put them in “Your Teams” (shown in the default UI) or “Hidden Teams”.

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The challenge is most people don’t want to do “management” of their teams, enter automatic hiding of inactive teams.

Now, Microsoft Teams is going to Teams you haven’t visited in more than 45 days will be automatically moved to the bottom “Hidden teams” category. Users will see a dialog that will allow them to view the teams that were moved and choose to accept or undo the move.

This will be gradually rolling this out to all customers in early May, and the rollout will be completed worldwide by the end of June.

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From Tom Talks UC at http://tomtalks.uk
     

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