Microsoft Teams – August 2018 Updates

by | Aug 28, 2018 | Office 365 news

Team of people discussing work over coffee

Microsoft Teams is the strategic team collaboration app in Office 365, and as discussed yesterday, has supplanted both Microsoft SharePoint Online and Skype for Business Online. It is not, however, standing still, as Microsoft is adding new capabilities and enhancing current ones at quite some cadence. In July the big news was a free version of Microsoft Teams for tenants with up to 300 users. During the last month, we have seen the following:

  • Message translation directly in Microsoft Teams, to enable each person to write in their language of choice but not have language issues prevent collaboration. Everyone can translate a message into their language; the original is honoured, but the meaning isn’t hidden.
  • Integration with Adobe XD, a prototyping and design service offered by Adobe. The integration enables an XD user to paste a link to their work into a Microsoft Teams conversation, which provides access to the rest of the team. Teams automatically displays a thumbnail and summary of the prototype, and comments made to the prototype in the XD interface flow back into the Microsoft Teams channel, centralising sharing, feedback, and interaction.
  • Incoming phone calls that would have previously been answered in Skype for Business Online can now be answered in Microsoft Teams; this covers Auto Attendant and Call Queue calling. After answering either type of call, one or more other users can be conferenced in, or the call can be transferred directly.
  • Various small changes that address usability issues and provide new options for working with others, such as a selective Do Not Disturb option (so that specific people and numbers can still get in contact when a user is in Do Not Disturb), sharing a PowerPoint file into a meeting rather than video streaming it, and a new wiki app that allows personal pages and an aggregated view of wiki pages across Teams workspaces.
  • New data residency options for customers in Canada, Australia and Japan. Customers new to Microsoft Teams will immediately be able to have in-country data residency for Teams data (chat and conversations), and those who have been using Teams for a while will have the option of migrating chat and conversation data into their country some time during 2019. Microsoft has promised a migration capability, although not committed to a timeline beyond the nebulous “sometime in 2019.”

The above is not an exhaustive list. There’s a lot happening with Microsoft Teams, and a lot still that needs to happen. Interesting times indeed.

Have you started your journey with Microsoft Teams?