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1) We are very excited about Teams but we also have a large user base on Yammer. What are some key areas where teams stand out. Some people are finding it very useful and others find it overwhelming. 

 

2) Data Security : How to keep the data shared in the

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The integration flow is the opposite way around. With a 'traditional' Team Site you would add a web part to embed a feed or display external content in a fr... Read More
Hi Rohit. I'm not sure why you would limit a person to joining a fixed number of Teams. The goal is to let an individual join or start a team to suit their collaborative ... Read More

Much of how this shakes out will be up to individual initiative in my opinion. Not sure if you've seen this but somehow we navigate the chaos. I would hope that community

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Hey Rohit, 

 

About#2: 


As far as security of data goes, Teams plugs into the Office 365 Security and Compliance center. So by doing that you get a host of security featu

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Will flow be able to manage or make use of teams. I would like to automate things and flow would be nice to have a connector to teams
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Side Flow Question: How do I find out how many flows I have used in my tenant? I followed the directions for viewing the count for the "free" version and there is nothing... Read More
You can do this via an incoming webhook. I hooked up Instagram with Flow to post into a team everytime I posted a new photo - it was gramtastic.

Can you describe the scenario a little more? Where would you want to 'kick off' the flow, and what type of content/infomration would you want to capture and bring in?

 

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Hi Jonas - we love Microsoft Flow too! This is something that we have been thinking about.

Any idea when MS Team USage APIs will be available ?

 

APIs Usage Stats
    names of team
    # owner in teams
    # members in teams

    teamsite with only one member
    last modified
    # files

    ....etc

 

 

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# of channels, activity per channel
# of meetings
# of configured tabs / connectors / bots
% of activity driven by connectors / bots vs. people
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I am amazed how Microsoft will toss out these new applications with little or no way for the admins to get even basic information and control.
Thanks for the suggestion. We're working on reporting, APIs, and PowerShell access to stats and team lifecycle automation.

I love discovering easter eggs in products. Hidden features that only the super saavy know about. For example, markdown language support was recently added to Teams. What other secret features (either for fun or productivity) will help users get the most

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Did you know there is a sticker pack of the Octocorn, who is the Teams official mascot? @Suphatra Rufo

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Hey Todd, thanks for reaching out. Our product officially doesn't have any easter eggs, but there are a number of great features for super saavy users. You should check o

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Will Team Chats and Other Team activities will be integrated with "My Analytics"?  

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Great thinking Svetlana
Thanks for the feedback Svetlana. That’s great feedback. I’ll take that back to the team for consideration.

Is it planned to allow us to re-arrange or edit all tabs in a channel?

I would like to create some specific channels that don't start with the conversation and file tabs.

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Hey Scott!! Today we support reordering, renaming, and deleting all tabs besides the Conversations and Files tab. Can you share with me the kind of channels you're creati... Read More

I am a big fan of the PnP initiative and in partocular the PnP provisioning. We use it, among other things, to apply a custom document content type across the enterprise. This is a simple extension of the base document content type with a couple of additi

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The PnP approach to custom provisioning forms and logic can be implemented to build a custom form and process that captures specific attributes and stores them in a SP cu

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When I reflect and try and second guess MS directions and strategies, I increasingly feel that groups is plumbing and will be less of a front-end facing service. Teams takes the disjointed clunkiness of groups and put a much nicer and more intuitive user

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Hi Paul - You're correct, it's the apps in O365 (e.g. Outlook, Yammer, Microsoft Teams) that are the end user experiences. O365 Groups is the cross application membership

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I think the perception that Groups was EVER a front-end offering was a result of a somewhat awkward introduction. IMHO, it was always intended to be plumbing that enabled... Read More

@Kady Dundas - can you please elaborate on this? 

Is there a way to manually Set / Pin the order of Channels in a Team so that certain channels appear at the top in a particular order?

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I've already voted on UserVoice, so I just want to voice my support here as well. I'm a huge fan of Teams, but I would like to arrange every part of it as needed for each... Read More
Hey Jason - We're looking into this feature but for now your favorite channels are displayed in alphabetical order while unfavorited channels are in the 'more channels' d... Read More
I don't believe so - Channels appear in alphabetical order. I'll leave the product team to give you an official answer, but suggest you submit it as a feature request her... Read More

I'd like to see a PoweApps tab in the same vein as PowerBI. I haven't checked uservoice to see if this has been asked, but since PowerApps is at some point going to be more flexible around device form factors, it makes sense that it can be iframed into a

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For now, there are ways to create custom tabs, bots, and connectors: https://dev.office.com/microsoft-teams

 

PowerApps is an interesting suggestion as that might let you "

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How does Microsoft help customers see the value of Microsoft Teams and not resist with what they might just see as yet another collaboration option in Office 365? 

 

Some customers may simply disable Microsoft Teams and not realise the full benefits otherwi

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Good resources at https://www.successwithteams.com/ as well.

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Love the survival guide! Thanks for posting the link, I hadn't seen this.

Hi Cian - Great question. Different groups have different needs when it comes to collaboration and that's why we've designed Office 365 to meet the unique needs of every

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I almost forgot one of our biggest requests--the ability to set custom email addresses for each channel, preferably within our own domain.

 

Is this feature planned, and if so is there any timeframe avaiable at the moment?

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I can see this being a valuable option.  Is it possible to at least specify the domain that the email address is created in?

 

BTW, I think this uservoice item may be what

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I'd look at adding an entry in the Global Address List for a channel email. Try the naming convention [Team].[Channel].
Then it doesn't matter what the address looks like.

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Someone else noted that because of the non-org domain of the address, emails into your Team wouldnt be processed by Exchange Online Advanced Threat Protection, if you had... Read More
Unfortunately this is currently not supported Scott. Could you help me understand why you want to have a custom email address there?

We are very excited to kick of this hour of live Q&A with the Microsoft Teams product team! 

 

Please submit your questions as a new thread in the Microsoft Teams AMA Group so we can easily identify and answer them. You can identify official Microsoft res

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What up with this?? It's nothing but people introducing themselves

Apologies for joining late. I have a good reason... and a note from my parents.

Brian Knutson Minnesota

Stefan from Switzerland

Hi! I'm Terry from the University of Miami

The global rollout of teams has been a real problem for those of us in the Educational space. Msft enabled all users even where they did not enable the product. Then I get told its up to me to de-provision the users to remove the invalid links. Bottom lin

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Mark - here's the straight answer. As of yesterday, Teams is available to Edu users/tenants. Access is governed by two things: 1) a switch at the tenant level and 2) per-... Read More
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Hello! Good day all. Does the Recent area only show a certain number of items or people you have chatted with?
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Hey Roc - The recent message section displays all messages from the past 4 weeks then they're removed. After they're removed you can still get back to these conversations... Read More

I wrote an article recently stating that Microsoft Teams is the future of Microsoft collaboration. I think what your team have done for team collaboration is a great step in the right direction. Other teams at Microsoft are also taking great steps too. On

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Hi Jeremy - Thank you for sharing the article, just bookmarked it.

Today, you can pin any URL to a channel. So if you have the URL of a page, you should be able to hoist ... Read More

Good Afternoon, recently Yammer integrated into Office 365 Groups (long awaited), but even though Yammer is now connected to Office 365 Groups, it feels very disconnected from Microsoft Teams and all the great collaboration features that come with Microso

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Yammer is focused on enterprise social scenarios - like a CEO Connection forum for everybody in the company. It's also how we rolled out Teams across Microsoft - we creat... Read More

Hi Eric - We recommend the group pick the app in which they want to collaborate and use that as their center of gravity and workspace.  

Hey @Mark Kashman - By default we have the "Files" tab in a Team channel. However, we often connect our Team to existing, structured document libraries in SharePoint Online. It's confusing to have the default "Files" tab alongside the proper SPO locations

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Same challenge!

Great feedback, @Oliver Bartholdson. It's a common ask about existing assets like classic sites and their associated libraries. We are certainly considering how we can be

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Agreed we have the same challenge.

Even when I have a large window it seems like I always have about 6 channels listed and I have to click on the 'X more channels" to see the reamining channels.  Can I change a setting to see all or at least see a higher number of channels.  There's a lot

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Hey @David Chady - Favoriting a channel will display it in your channel list, meaning you wont need to click 'more channels' to see it. Are you asking to see more channel

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Good idea. I'd also suggest that columns we have followed are displayed first. If we have 60 channels in a team, we should be able to prioritize what is displayed first. 

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Just favorite all the channels and then they will always appear for you! :-)

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I know a lot of people want to see SharePoint metadata exposed in the Teams files tab, but I actually are not that keen on it. I see Teams as lightweight collab and if you want to do serious document collab you have SharePoint for that (and here's hopi

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Maybe at the very least, enterprise keywords would be helpful. But I agree. If we start adding all the SharePointiness into Teams, it makes it harder to use for the regul... Read More
Hi Paul - We are always looking at better ways to integrate with Sharepoint. Allowing users to manage their documents and tasks better is definitely one of our key priori... Read More

Why did Microsoft create Groups and Teams?

Both have good functions, but both have limitations.

Why lock these cool functions (chat, channeled conversations, even Planner and Yammer functions) into these applications rather than creating modules or apps tha

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It comes down to a team's choice of communication style. Email driven or Chat driven. Email is less time sensitive and currently, easier to go back and process older unre... Read More

Thank you for joining us during this fun and action-packed hour!

 

We hope you'll continue to ask questions in the the Microsoft Teams Group and on the Community Blog. For feature requests please visit our UserVoice forum

 

We will put together a summar

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I'm so confused. How are you supposed to find out when these kinds of thigs are happening. I know we aren't going there but it was very easy in the old Yammer network.

 

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It might be a wrap for the AMA, but the conversation continues... Thanks Microsoft Teams team for joining and continuing to be engaged here on the tech community.
Thanks for putting this together! It was great to get some direct feedback and see that our opinions matter. I'm excited about the future of Teams!
This was fun! I really enjoyed talking to Teams users.

Are there any plans to support ethical walls in Teams / Skype for Business online?

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Hello Dan, 


Thanks for this question. From talking to customers in the Financial Services Industry, Ethical walls has come up as a big ask. We are definitely thinking abo

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How are your enterprise-level clients using Teams for project management? What are some best-practices you've seen so far when managing projects across multiple teams/groups towards common goals?

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I think we could write a book on this... maybe we should. But a few things off the top of my head: - The most successful teams already exist and are working together on a... Read More

I've seen a few practices that help ensure success - particularly when most people are new to using Teams or like environment:

  1. Be diligent about keeping work-in-progress
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I have seen smaller Enterprise Customers create a Team for every department in the organization (that has IWs) and use Wiki or OneNote for notes, Channels for discussions

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Thanks for the question Amanda! Teams offer various first party and third party extensibility support to help users customize Teams in the way that works best for them an... Read More

Is there a way to integrate Outlook Tasks/assignments with Teams?

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Not currently Amanda. Could you tell me more about what kind of integration you're looking for?
I believe the goal is to use Planner, rather than Outlook tasks. Perhaps the Planner team should build some integration with Outlook tasks.

How we can save a chat for future reference?

Skype For Business has a functionality to save a conversation as an e-mail;

On OneNote users can send a page as an e-mail (and print).

On Usersvoice Teams it is marked as "we have this". Some advice with how to wi

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We have archiving, search, eDiscovery, etc. as part of the compliance features for IT admins. 

We have team undelete (recover) also for IT admins.

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Any plans of being able to see your email in the teams client?  I see you can see your calendar, but it might be nice to be able to see you inbox also. 

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Hi Greg. You could use the websites tab and add https://outlook.office365.com as the site. Its a slow, embed experience. Ideally, I'd like to see some deeper integration ... Read More

Hey Greg, thanks for the question. We currently don't have plans to integrate emails in to Microsoft Teams, however we've seen similar feedback on our UserVoice (https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/17369434-create-outlook-integration

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I get notifications from generate chat in the channels but emails (from an automated system) don't seem to be able to generate notifications for people, even if they follow the channel. Is this something that's being looked it?

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Is it possible to mention someone via email sent to Teams?
It sounds like a bug Kurt! Sorry about it. Let us take a look

How do you assign members of a team to a specific channel (sub-teams)? 

 

Is there a way to invite only members of each specific channel (using the channel's email address) to a Scheduled Meeting, without inviting the entire team?

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This is one of my issues as well. In Teams (and Groups) you have Owners and Members and that's it. No unique permissions like in SharePoint. And please correct me if I'm ... Read More
Instead of a private channel - a channel with a subset of the overall team membership (which is not supported), you may want to create a separate team.
Just create a meeting using the little video button in your text field when you are INSIDE the channel and it will auto-post the meeting to the channel.
For your second question, you can do this -- here's how...
For your first question, which sounds like a private channel, we don't currently have that.

Will Microsoft Teams interfaces and apps replace the corresponding Office Groups interfaces and apps?

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Thanks for the info. So, we will continue to have an Office Groups iOS app alongside a Microsoft Teams iOS app?
Hi Jeff, Microsoft Teams is built on Office 365 Groups which is the shared group membership across Office 365 collaboration apps such as SharePoint, Outlook, Skype for Bu... Read More

It's been a while since we've seen the WhoBot. I'd be interested in understanding what the delay was. Is the concern on the data in peoples profiles in normal customer tenants not making this feature very useful?

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I'm guessing WhoBot might be curious about LinkedIn too...
WhoBot is coming soon, so stay tuned. WhoBot will help customers to identify subject matter experts in their organization.
Will there every be an admin option to allow users to create a team without having to give them the ability to create Office365 groups? IT group controls creating Office365 groups and don't want our directory to get polluted with all kinds of weird Office... Read More
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It's an interesting request - if I read it correctly, you want the users to be able to create teams, but not Outlook groups. Definitely something to think about. It would... Read More

An Office Group underlies every team.  It provides the basis for membership and membership management

If a user doesn't have the Teams App installed, we've found it causes an error when attempting to contact for a meeting or by Skype for Business if a meeting is scheduled.

 

When will we be able to host meetings through the Teams Website (without being requ

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Thanks for the feedback. I’ll take that back to the team. Today meetings is supported via Desktop client and is now available on Android and coming soon for IOS. We are w... Read More

Hi everyone, 

 

I'm Moritz from Hamburg, Germany. 

 

As far as I experienced, documents posted in a Team belong to a hidden Sharepoint site wich can only be accessed via the absolute URL. Is this going to change?

 

While working with Teams I noticed that every

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Hi Moritz,

 

Not meant to be hidden, and today you can click the "Open in SharePoint" in the ellipsis dropdown within the specific team UI - and this will take you to the

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@Christophe Fiessinger suggested last week in Twitter thread that I should ask this question in this Teams AMA...

 

Can we get a release date for when Teams will be available in GOV tenants? I saw the announcement yesterday about EDU tenants, so I am hoping

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Microsoft Teams is actively pursuing FedRAMP compliance and bringing a GCC offering to market. We will share updates via the public Office 365 Roadmap as soon as we have

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For dynamic project management, is there a way to associate a Team Planner with "Channel Planners"? This would allow overal goals/deadlines/projects to be planned or directed at the team level, then tasks delegated out at the Channel level?

 

Thoughts on wa

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Hey Amanda!! Today, we support pinning an existing Team Planner into a Channel, which will allow for individual Channels to host an applicable Planner Board. Please feel ... Read More

Is there a way to associate Planner deadlines with a Team Meeting or Team Calendar?

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Hey Amanda! Today, we support setting a date for individual tasks, but not dates available on a Team Calendar. Feel free to post this on our UserVoice so that other custo... Read More

We have a need to put a governance process in place for the rollout of Teams which includes putting in a request and then auto creation of the Team/Group. What options do we have to programmatically create a Team?

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Great feedback - we're working on that, and would love feedback (in UserVoice) on specific scenarios.

Does Microsoft Teams only work if Azure Active Directory is used? Can it be used with Windows Active Directory Federation Services?

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Hey Kurt, (correcting my reply): 

 

Teams does support that scenario. 

 

 Federated Identity: This model requires a synchronized identity with the user password is verifi

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My company has an extensive set of document classifications and content types. 

Is there any way to create a custom template for the associated SharePoint team site so we can incorporate the required content?

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Currently, you can pin your existing Sharepoint site to a channel, or use Open in Sharepoint to view all your Teams' folders. We are always looking for ways to improve ou... Read More
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