Monday, April 23, 2018

A couple of favorite news from the world of Teams last week.

Another week has gone by, and it has not been a week without announcements or releases around Teams or Skype for Business. Here is a little recap of what I consider the highlights of last week.

On Teams

If you are into development, Microsoft launched a new site/collection called "What's new for developers in Teams".  And is a great collection and a starting point for developers. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftteams/platform/whats-new

Auto-favorite a channel was released as a feature, allowing admins of Teams to help users mark important channels as favorite. Users may still un-favorite these channels, but this can be a useful feature for new users to different teams.
Other features this week is:
  • Send a message from the command box
  • Send a chat from the contact card
  • Preview and edit Visio files
  • Get a reminder that your team is expiring
Techsummit in Sweden is over, and one of many great sessions was the one on security and compliance by Anne Michels. here deck is available at the Techcommunity.

On Skype for Business

Cu7 was released recently, and with that a capability to turn of support for TLS1.0 and TLS1.1. Now, a word of caution, because doing so in the wrong way could lead to some issues, and I really recommend reading through the guide at NextHop in advance. Losing federation is one of the possible issues. Please read these posts carefully:

On OneNote

The team behind OneNote announced the future of OneNote (as part of Office) and OneNote for Windows 10. https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Office-365-Blog/The-best-version-of-OneNote-on-Windows/ba-p/183974 
In short terms: If you want all the best and new features, you need to use the "app store" version of OneNote. It is basically replacing the Office version from now on.


Friday, April 20, 2018

The end of 2013 editions

Here is a reminder for those of you who are still on Microsoft Lync 2013 Server out there.

Last week marked the end of the mainstream support for Lync 2013 related products.  https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle/search?alpha=Microsoft%20Lync%202013

Thinking about it, this is not just a reminder for those using Lync 2013, All office 2013 server products went out of mainstream support at the same time, including:

  • Lync 2013 server
  • Exchange 2013
  • Sharepoint 2013
Ending mainstream support doesn't mean the product will stop working, or that security issues won't get fixed. But it does mean there will be no more functionality improvements, and non-security updates (hotfixes) requires a hotfix support agreement. MS FAQ 

I would recommend everyone to upgrade to a supported version the sooner the better.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Get to know Teams from Coffee in the Cloud

The team behind Coffee in the Cloud is working hard to get us up to speed on what's new, what's coming and how to get the most out of Teams.
Last week they published a 100 session on on-boarding Teams, and also giving a good overview of what Teams is and how it can work for companies looking to improve their collaborative work-space.

It is an hour well spent!