Takeaways from the Microsoft Teams Team Ask Me Anything on the MSFT Tech Community

Takeaways from the Microsoft Teams Team Ask Me Anything on the MSFT Tech Community

The AMA

This Thursday the Microsoft Teams team (say that five times fast) hosted an ask me anything (link), free format community exchange on the Tech Community Site (https://techcommunity.microsoft.com). These sessions are a great way to get semi-official answers from experts that are in the know when it comes to the newest technologies. I put together a few of the takeaways learned from the thread along with the link to the question in case you want to take a closer look. I was looking for information on external users in teams, so what could be useful for me might find use elsewhere. So, without further ado, here is a selection of topics around Microsoft Teams from the AMA.

The Takeaways

External Users (Office 365 Group Guests) are not supported in Microsoft Teams, “high on the list” for implementation

Source: Thread and Thread2

Microsoft Teams will soon have an Office 365 Service Plan (entitlement) that will be enabled/disabled like sway, SharePoint, exchange, etc. For now, limit access using Office 365 Group creation permissions

Source: Thread Further Reading : Support Article

Code Formatting for Chats is coming to Microsoft Teams!

Source: Thread

Legal Review, Hold, and Discovery being worked on for Microsoft Teams

Source: Thread

Previous Chat History for users who have left the organization depend on Legal Hold features, being worked on

Source: Thread

No Support for Multiple Tenant Logins

Source: Thread

Your Presence/Online Status in Microsoft Teams is completely different from your presence in Skype for Business. There is integration between the two services, for the moment though it is limited.

Source: Thread Further Reading: Community Article

Public Teams are Coming; Currently only private teams are supported

Source: Thread

You will be able to rename the General Channel, Just not yet…

Source: Thread

There is already Yammer integration OOTB

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Yammer and Teams target different work styles, will exist separately

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Calling and Emoticons Could be coming to the Mobile Applications (Currently not there and no Timeline for implementation)

Source: Thread

You cannot turn of Chat Logging for Teams

Source: Thread

Microsoft Teams data lives in the same region as the Office 365 Tenant

Source: Thread

Microsoft Teams coming to an App Launcher near you (hopefully)

Source: Thread

To Create connectors in Teams, an Office 365 Exchange mailbox is required, does not limit reception of messages from Connectors though.

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The Conclusion

Some of the general takeaways from reading the entire AMA, is that users are wondering about the crossover between technologies. The Teams product already crosses over with Skype, Groups, Yammer, and uses functionality from several other Office 365 capabilities. It will be interesting to see the roadmap for the teams product if the team decides to publish it. Otherwise there is a push to enable data retention for the teams and users requesting enterprise features such as 3rd party integration. There are also plans to “teamify “existing Office 365 groups, though there were no commitments from the team when it will come to all the tenants.

Speaking of tenant availability, Teams still is not available for education SKUs. My opinion is that the team is waiting for more of the enterprise level functionality (& Control) to come before opening up access. For a “Preview” product, Teams has a lot of features and integration from the start. Watching the evolution of this product will show the direction Microsoft is heading for collaboration within Office 365 I suspect. More crossover between services and products.

2 thoughts on “Takeaways from the Microsoft Teams Team Ask Me Anything on the MSFT Tech Community

    1. Exactly, even if you add the external user directly to the group as I’ve tried, they do not show up in the Teamspace yet. On the roadmap several community members have said. thanks for you comment!

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