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Last Week in Microsoft Teams: Week of February 1st

IT Pros

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Direct from Microsoft

The Microsoft Teams blog published their monthly What’s New in Microsoft Teams for January 2021. Highlights include the new Approvals app, up to 10,000 users in an org-wide team, and newly certified devices from multiple partners.

Microsoft adds compliance capabilities for Adaptive Card content. Organizations can place this content on legal hold, perform eDiscovery, audit, and retention. This feature is currently rolling out and will be available to all tenants in mid-February 2021.

The Microsoft Education blog outlines new features for the digital classroom using Microsoft Teams. The post includes videos on using the Whiteboard and Assignment and Grading features.

Community Contributions

This week, I posted an article on finding a Teams voice user’s emergency address using PowerShell. You have to use an extra parameter and some additional PowerShell manipulation to verify a user’s emergency address. This tip is useful if you want to create a report to confirm everyone’s emergency address.

Daryl Hunter documents how to reset and recover a Surface Hub 2S. Daryl skipped the device admin configuration, and it appears you only get one shot at setting this up.

Tony Redmond outlines how you can now use distribution lists or security groups in Teams DLP policies. Administrators can select groups to target instead of individually adding individual accounts.

Tony also covered this week the new setting for Teams meeting organizers to limit lobby bypass. Meetings organizers can allow only people they invite to bypass the lobby while all others have to wait. This setting adds security for organizers scheduling sensitive meetings.

Teams Meeting Rooms guru Graham Walsh published a post this week on Microsoft Teams Room and Zoom Webinars. He outlines how to join a Zoom webinar from an MTR.

Mark Vale shares his experience and interpretations of deploying Teams voice in regions with strict telephony regulations. Some governments have relaxed regulations due to COVID, but Mark warns about ensuring future compliance.

Upcoming Events

Hopefully not too late! Today, Monday, February 1, 2021, Microsoft is hosting a meeting for Teams Insiders on upcoming preview features. You can find the calendar invite here in the Microsoft Teams Public Preview forum. If you miss this one, keep a lookout for future events. For more information on how to enable public preview features, check out Microsoft Teams Public Preview.

Road Map and Message Center Updates

Road Map: Meetings – Live Captions in additional languages

Teams meetings live captions are currently only available in the English language. Planning for a July 2021 release date, Microsoft will launch additional live captions for spoken languages such as German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, and Dutch.

Road Map: Share to Microsoft Teams from Outlook

Microsoft expands the integration between Outlook and Teams by allowing users to copy email messages, including attachments, directly into a Teams chat or channel conversation. This is different than sending the email to the channel-specific email address by using an add-in button in the Outlook ribbon. Microsoft’s expected release date is March 2021.

Road Map: Get a “Meet Now” Meeting link

Users can copy a “Meet Now” meeting link from the Calendar tab without starting the meeting first. Microsoft’s expected release date is February 2021.

Message Center: Large gallery view and Together Mode for web meetings in Edge and Chrome browsers

Users can change to Together Mode or Large Gallery view during a meeting in the new Edge or Chrome browsers. Together Mode places attendees’ video in a virtual space, and Large Gallery displays up to 49 video feeds in a grid. Microsoft’s expected release date starts in late-January 2021.

Training Resources

The Microsoft Office Support page has fantastic videos for end-users who are new to Teams. Check out the Welcome to Microsoft Teams video series!

Tip of the Week

In this article by Tony Redmond, learn how to set daily Teams status to keep co-workers update and when starting a new conversation, don’t just say “hello”.

Jeff Brown

Jeff Brown

Jeff Brown is a cloud engineer specializing in Microsoft technologies such as Office 365, Teams, Azure and PowerShell. You can find more of his content at


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