With last weeks announcement of a free version of Microsoft Teams there’s a video published with Dan Stevenson from Microsoft featured on the Microsoft Mechanics show.
Here’s a summary of the video, hope you its useful.
Watch the video here
Microsoft Teams has been around a while now with Office 365 subscriptions but there a new way to get it.
Dan talks around there is now a new FREE way to start using Microsoft Teams ! your a small business or group of people together.
Sign up for free walkthrough
Microsoft have a sign up page at http://office.com/teamsfree
at the sign up page i can compares the differences between free and paid subscriptions.
To sign up for free simply click the sign up for free button
Enter your email address
answer a few questions about yourself
after this your new free Teams environment is setup !
Dan shows us one he’s created earlier
Here’s teams free and Dan’s example Teams of Contoso Sheep Farm
We have all the features you expect from Teams with features and channels, chat, stickers
When you first come into Teams Free your asked to add a bunch of people which Dan has done and the people have been added
Dan walks us over adding Jeremy into the Sheep Farm team
add the email address for the person you want to add, which will send out an invite
Lets check out what Jeremy sees
Jeremy has the invite and can see Dan invited him
Click join Teams
Open in web app or download the Teams client
Jeremy can see the Team
Can we also do Video based Chat or Screen sharing ?
Yes, basically core features of paid Teams.
Mobile apps work for free as well.
Taken from Tech Community post https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-Teams-Blog/Introducing-a-free-version-of-Microsoft-Teams/ba-p/214592
The free version includes the following for up to 300 people:
- Unlimited chat messages and search.
- Built-in audio and video calling for individuals, groups, and full team meetups.
- 10 GB of team file storage plus additional 2 GB per person for personal storage.
- Integrated, real-time content creation with Office Online apps, including built-in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.
- Unlimited app integrations with 140+ business apps to choose from—including Adobe, Evernote, and Trello.
- Ability to communicate and collaborate with anyone inside or outside your organization, backed by Microsoft’s secure, global infrastructure.
Who’s eligible for the free version of Microsoft Teams?
Any person with any corporate or consumer email address can sign up for Teams today. People who don’t already have a paid Office 365 commercial subscription will have access to the free version of Teams. If an existing Office 365 commercial customer tried to sign up for free, they will be routed into a managed experience for their existing tenant.
What’s the differences with Paid ?
- can have more than 300 users
- scheduled meetings
- Phone Calling
- Dial In conferencing
- Power of Exchange
- 1Tb storage
- Office client apps depending on SKU
- Upgrade full set of IT, compliance and control, dev option, support and uptime.
What’s new for developers ?
working on integrating SharePoint app platform into Teams
There’s updates to PowerShell and Graph API for Teams
improvements to managing Teams lifecycle
and updates to the Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business admin centre
finally compliance and security are important and there’s been update for Teams
Can we see these updates in actions ?
Here we are in the Store
made it possible to have personal access for apps such as planner
I can publish LOB Apps into the store for users to see
We have different LOB apps, expenses, Hiring, third party app Intumit SmartO (O365 helpdesk), NEO (a new employee app) and time off app.
how easy to build apps ?
Head over to the Teams App Studio
superhub for building app manifest and preview code
once done i can export config for my app and do the coding in vs code
Code for the NEO app for Q and A apps for new employees
Im using Lewis which uses text analysis and natural language
adaptive cards for bot responses
Actions to send
Here’s the app in Teams
I asked how’s my HR contact
I mentioned i lost my badge and have a options displayed
can type handbook and pull up the employee handbook
displayed as interactive card and have to accept and confirm acceptance of terms
Open the handbook up
The office 365 helpdesk app
Can ask questions to the helpdesk app and get responses
The hiring app
Chat with bot and keep on top of interview status
That’s a quick taste of what you can do with LOB apps in Teams.
For more info and code samples check out http://aka.ms/dev4teams
What happens if your not a coder and want to build apps for Teams ?
We can connect Microsoft Forms thorough Flow into Teams and Text analysis engine to catch any negative comments quickly.
basic form to ask some questions
now we have connected this to Flow and piping the responses into AI text and scoring it
if sentiment if negative posting a message into the HR channel in Teams
Run through of the form and adding a negative sentiment to test it out
and lets see what happens in Teams
Message landed in Teams
Go to survey Results
Can i automate Teams for provisioning ?
Yes, we have powerful PowerShell cmdlet and updated graph APIs
Using Teams and PowerShell to create a Team
installing the NEO app
Run Script in PowerShell and create a Team
creates teams, channel and adds users
Jeremy has added to the new Team and lets see what Jeremy sees now
I see the Team
can also do private chat with NEO as well
What are we doing to manage the lifecycle of Teams ?
easy to create who can create a team, Dan recommends leaving open as much as possible so it doesn’t prevent collaboration, controls with admin with naming policies.
Im not allowed to create a teams named Payroll or Finance
We can also but naming conventions and prefixes in as well
To learn more go to http://aka.ms/namingpolicies
From the site above you do need AAD P1 licence
Once Teams is up and running we recommend company create team champions
When you want to retire a Team you can now archive a Team
In the manage Team UI you can see your active Teams and chose to Archive
Select Archive and this puts the Team into Read Only Mode, content still there and we can restore it
Sometimes there’s too many teams and now there is expiration and renewal policies now where admins.
Teams owners can accept they are still using the Teams otherwise it gets deleted and after 30 days permanently deleted.
Here’s how to set the expiration Policies over in the Azure Portal
You can choose time frame and apply to one group, all or none.
Extra admin options on the Teams and SfB Admin centre
Under users you can see Call Quality
And under activity
drill in device and network issues
back to accounts you can see custom policies assigned
can drill into meeting policy
As an admin we can set custom policies
Other updates rolling out which will bring us pretty much on parity with SfBO with new feature for calling and PowerPoint sharing
Beyond that though
Screen sharing from iPad
Live camera feed into meetings
Direct routing so you can bring your own PSTN into Teams
How do existing SfBO users move to Teams ?
All in the admin centre,
We can look at migration policies for user
i can change the upgrade mode for users instead of the org wide settings
Teams has interop with Teams and lots of companies running Team and SfB side by Side and moving to teams only
check out more at http://aka.ms/teamsblog
more updates on previous episode with Anne Michels over at http://aka.ms/TeamsupdatesMay18
Sign up at http://aka.ms/teamsfree
for devs http://aka.ms/dev4teams
plan your migration from SfB to Teams http://aks.ms/movetoteams
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