Two more Microsoft Teams App Templates were recently released: Company Communicator and FAQ plus.
If you’re not aware of Teams App Templates they are production ready, easily deploy-able, open-source projects that solve a real-work problem using Microsoft Teams.
In time, I’ll try and do deployment walkthrough videos for both of these applications, but right now, I wanted to just look at them, and the problems they solve.
Company Communicator enables you to send messages to groups of people, and is intended for corporate communications. You can send a message to specific teams, or groups of people via IM. Each message can have some text, an image, and a call to action button:
The great thing about this is that if you have specific requirements (more buttons, more images, better reporting on who received and read what, etc), you can download the source code, make changes and start configuring your own variant of Company Communicator.
FAQ Plus is a standard Q&A Bot, but with a difference. If the bot can’t answer the question then it can hand off to a human being to answer instead. FAQ Plus includes the ability for questions to be posted to a specific channel for ‘agents’ (or whoever will answer) to pick them up and start a chat directly with the user.
FAQ Plus uses QnAMaker behind the scenes (I know that because I looked at the Architecture page, every App Template has one!) meaning it’s really easy to write and maintain a list of question/answer pairs.
Every organisation can benefit from an application like this, which makes it easy for users to get immediate answers to the easy questions, but also gives them a good route through to the appropriate experts for the hard questions.
I encourage you to try both applications out – you’ll find that the Deployment Guides are straightforward and easy to follow. You DON’T need to be a developer to install these applications, and your users can start benefiting today!
Earlier this week I was honoured to be asked to speak at the monthly Microsoft Teams Developer Community call.
The session was hosted by Nidhi Shandilya, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, and we covered updates to Teams App Templates. Nidhi showed off some awesome new templates (which I really need to blog about) and I showed how you could configure Icebreaker to work in your time zone.
In this example I have local Active Directory with AAD Connect installed one of the Azure Region, which sync users and password hash to Office 365. I have now decided to migrate the authentication from local Active Directory to Office 365 and decommission on-premises Active Directory.
In order to transition from on-premises “Synced Identity” to “In Cloud Identity”, we will need to complete the following process.
Sign into the AAD Connect Server and Sync the Delta
The following command performs a sync of all AD Objects before attempting to convert into Cloud Only.
Turn off AAD Connect Sync
The following command turns off Azure Active Directory Connector while we perform all the following tasks. In this post I have outlined all steps which can be taken to convert AD Users account into Cloud Only.
Set-MsolDirSyncEnabled -EnableDirSync $false
Convert Single User to Cloud Only
The following command converts a single user into a Cloud Only account
All that is left now is to log in as one of the converted users to prove Single Sign-On is working and logon as a Global Admin into Office 365 to check the sync status of the users has a pretty cloud for “In-Cloud”
When you are in Teams chatting with a Skype for Business user, did you notice you can start a screen sharing session with Skype user? I tested this yesterday in our production tenant where I am in TeamsOnly mode. When you are in a chat window and look at the top-right toolbar you can notice … Jatka lukemista Sharing a screen with a Skype for Business user
When calls are placed across the Public Switched Telephone Network, the carriers which connect that call from the originating party to the terminating party each charge an access fee. These small charges add up to the toll cost for completing the call. This cost is owed by the originating party, much like postage is paid by the sender of a letter or package.
By Marty Parker Gartner estimates that 40% of new enterprise telephone purchases will be based on a cloud office suite – either Microsoft Office 365 or Google G Suite – by 2023 — but what does that mean?