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Microsoft Teams User Tip #25: Blur My Background

Now that Microsoft Teams video blur is GA, go ahead and use it! After you have a video meeting going…click More Actions | Blur my background

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Without blue my background

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I love this elegantly simple feature.

To see more Microsoft Teams User Tips:
http://windowspbx.blogspot.com/search/label/MicrosoftTeamsUserTip

.[Video] Learn Microsoft Teams in 5 Minutes:
http://windowspbx.blogspot.com/2016/11/learning-microsoft-teams-in-5-minutes.html

My Microsoft Ignite 2018 #Microsoft Teams Notes

This blog will be updated to include my notes about all things Microsoft Teams at Microsoft Ignite 2012. You can also follow me on twitter at https://twitter.com/matthewlandis

Some things I will be Doing

ignite2018-Recap
  • Following All Things Microsoft Teams
  • Meeting with Landis Technologies customers at booth #2012 & elsewhere
  • Ignite Tech Community Blogger
  • Filming the #TeamsRecap Podcast with Josh at 3:15pm Weds.

Microsoft Announcements at Microsoft Ignite 2018

Microsoft Article: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-Teams-Blog/What-s-new-in-Teams-Ignite-Edition/ba-p/252531

** Features We Knew About That Are Now GA **

Live Events (GA)

Background Blur (GA)

** Ecosystem **

Polycom & Pexip video interop -GA (Blue Jeans in Preview)
http://imaucblog.com/archive/2018/09/24/cloud-video-interop-for-microsoft-teams/

New Teams purpose built devices from Crestron and Yealink

Plantronics Mobile Phone Station, Plantronics Elara 60 Series: dock, button to invoke teams
plantronics-elara60series
https://twitter.com/Plantronics/status/1044194868883595265

Jabra device w/ button to launch Microsoft Teams

room systems team

Yealink is Now a Room System Partner

Microsoft Calls & Meetings APIs Now In Public Preview
https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/graph/docs/api-reference/beta/resources/calls-api-overview

** Convergence **

Microsoft will bring Yammer Tab into Teams (Upcoming)

Streamlining Teams lifecycle: Admin can (October 2018)

Dynamic Teams Management

Microsoft Teams Verticals (Healthcare, Frontline workers)

Device Program Certification Program--Optimized for Microsoft Teams (Devices)

Device Management Solution: managed Teams devices from within Teams Admin Console

tel://+17173309610

sip://sip:japheth@landiscomputer.com

Microsoft Teams User Tip #24: Steps to Setup a Free Microsoft Teams Account & How It Works

Below is the process to setup a free Microsoft Teams account starting with a Gmail account.

A few things before we start that you are probably wondering:

  • Setting up a user from http://office.com/teamsfree will essentially setup a new Microsoft Teams org and the user as admin
  • There is new UI in Microsoft Teams for this user to add new users to the org
  • Yes, you can use gmail accounts


Go to http://office.com/teamsfree. Click sign up for free account.

Now type in email address & “Set up account”

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Create Account

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Click “Set up account”

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Create account

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Now the account is setup.

Next we will tell Microsoft about this user.

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Run Microsoft Teams for 1st Time and select org.

(for me it seemed to list Teams tenants that had invited this email address.)

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(a popup to re-enter my username [email address])

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Now you can invite more people to join your org

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How to manage your Teams org:

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Conclusion

I was impressed by the smoothness of setting up a new Microsoft Teams organization with an non Microsoft email address. The built in administration is very simple.

Microsoft Teams: Use PowerShell to Check for Unused Teams Based on Chat Activity from Administrator Perspective

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This below script shows Teams statistics from an Administrator’s point of view using Exchange Online PowerShell.


Log In to Exchange Online with PowerShell

$UserCredential = Get-Credential
$Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri https://outlook.office365.com/powershell-liveid/ -Credential $UserCredential -Authentication  Basic -AllowRedirection
Import-PSSession $Session


Put Exchange Groups with Microsoft Teams “Team Chat” Folders into an Object

The below PowerShell will look for all the “UnifiedGroups” that have a Microsoft Teams chat folder in them (effectively groups that are Microsoft Teams Groups) and put them into an object. Note: This PowerShell will take a while to run, even on a small Office 365 tenant.

$TeamsStats = Get-UnifiedGroup | Get-MailboxFolderStatistics  | ? {$_.Name -eq “Team Chat”}

Now you can see which teams are new and active to run clean up procedures you want. Below are some examples:

Get Teams With No Chat Activity for Last 90 Days


$TeamsStats | ? {$_.LastModifiedTime -lt (get-date).AddDays(-90)} | Format-Table Identity, Name, ItemsInFolder, LastModified*, creationtime

Get Teams Created in the Last 30 Days


$TeamsStats | ? {$_.CreationTime -gt (get-date).AddDays(-30)} | Format-Table Identity, Name, ItemsInFolder, LastModified*, CreationTime


Obviously you can do your other creative checks and tests as well and trigger automatic or manual actions on specific teams now, armed with this information.


Tony Redmond PowerShell for Inspiration
https://www.petri.com/teams-compliance-story

Find Teams Enabled o365 Groups
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-Teams/Teams-enabled-O365-Groups-report-workaround-in-PowerShell/td-p/141029

Microsoft Teams User Tip #23: Quickly Get Microsoft Teams Ring & Version (Works with App or Browser)


How to determine Microsoft Teams Ring you are on (from Browser or Teams App):

  1. Press Ctrl + Alt + Shift + 1
  2. Open the “MSTeam Diagnostics Log…” file that is created.
    1. On Browser it will be easy to open directly from Browser
    2. On MS Teams App open from “%userprofile%\Downloads\MSTeams Diagnostics Log*” (On Win10 click Start & just type %userprofile%\Downloads)
  3. Look at section of file near the top that looks like this: "ring": {     "id": "ring4"
    1. 4
    2. 3 (TAP)
    3. 1.5 (IT)


That’s all.

To see more Microsoft Teams User Tips:
http://windowspbx.blogspot.com/search/label/MicrosoftTeamsUserTip

.[Video] Learn Microsoft Teams in 5 Minutes:
http://windowspbx.blogspot.com/2016/11/learning-microsoft-teams-in-5-minutes.html