November Round Up for What’s New in Microsoft Teams
- Communicate more effectively
Microsoft Teams, the hub for teamwork in Office 365, continues to bring new capabilities to empower teams and organizations to achieve more. With new features like Drive Mode and Quiet Hours, users can enjoy enhanced experiences while commuting or engaging in non-work-related activities. Additionally, new functionality for admins such as creating teams based on dynamic group membership, reduces the overhead of manually updated team membership.
As many organisations are in the process of undergoing migration from Skype for Business to Teams, this means that many are using Skype for Business and Teams at the same time. During this period, it is important to understand what presence is being shown and from where it originates. Microsoft is now introducing a new experience that allows users to more accurately display their status to others in the organisation during co-existence. For users in Teams only mode, others will see presence based on the activity in team.
- Work with confidence: new features for IT admin.
Teams based on dynamic group membership
Many admins need to create teams for groups or departments where membership change frequently.
You can create teams backed by Office 365 groups with a dynamic membership rule for which membership is managed dynamically based on user or device properties in azure active directory. If a user or device satisfies a rule for a group, they are added as a member and when they no longer satisfy a rule, they are removed.
This helps with scenarios like:
– A hospital can create different teams for nurses and doctors that automatically reflect current staffing.
– A university can create a team for all faculty within a college, including an adjunct faculty that changes frequently.
To create a team with a dynamic membership rule, the tenant admin has to first create an Office 365 groups with a dynamic membership rule in Azure Active Directory, the team owner can then convert the group to a team via the Teams client.
Dynamic membership rules in Azure Active Directory require an Azure AD Premium P1 license for each unique user that is a member of one or more dynamic groups.
- Company wide team
Organisation wide teams provides an automatic way for everyone in an organisation with no more than 1000 users to be part of a single team for collaboration. Global Administrators can now easily create a public team that adds every user in the organisation and automatically keeps the membership up to date with Active Directory as users join and leave the organisation.
- See organisational information from anywhere
Microsoft Teams makes it easy for you to understand in which team or department people are. You can now also leverage the Teams mobile app to search for a colleague in the organisational chart or find it directly from their contact card.
- Schedule meeting on the go
You can now schedule Teams meetings from your mobile device and invite people who are part of the organisation (including guests) via the Microsoft Teams app for iOS and Android. Additionally, you will also be able to schedule channel meetings soon.