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Last Week in Microsoft Teams: Week of November 9th

IT Pros

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Direct from Microsoft

Microsoft has released the ability to display auto attendant and call queue data in Power BI. The ability to display the statistics for these voice applications is long overdue. Check out this Microsoft Docs article on how to get started.

Community Contributions

Mary Jo Foley talks about the upcoming support for Microsoft Teams to sign into one work account and one personal account (see Message Center updates for more information). However, Microsoft is yet to release the ability for multi-user sign-in for work accounts.

Graham Walsh has a great YouTube video of an overview of the Crestron XiO Cloud. XiO is Crestron’s cloud-based device management and monitoring solution for conference room systems.

Check out episode 18 of the UCStatus podcast where Rand Chapman, Shawn Harry, and Mark Vale talk all things about working from home with Microsoft Teams.

Tony Redmond reviews two new features in Teams updates for presence duration and meeting end notifications. The 5-minute meeting end notifications are a nice touch to indicate that a meeting should start wrapping up. However, this is only a notification and doesn’t actually end the meeting.

Andrew Morpeth covers the new ability for Power BI to display call reporting for Microsoft Teams auto attendant and call queues (see Message Center updates for more information). The ability to view this data provides administrators insights into the usage of these voice applications.

While not directly to Microsoft Teams, Sarah Lean has an excellent overview of all you need to know about Microsoft Exams. If you are considering a Microsoft certification, Sarah outlines how to get started with studying and taking the exam.

Upcoming Events

Check out the upcoming Microsoft Teams Germany user group meeting on November 25, 2020. Topics include saving meeting recordings in SharePoint and using NDI in meetings. Register here today!

Join the Fall Teams User Group Virtual Meetings with speakers from Microsoft talking about the Surface Hub and other devices. The user group is offering two virtual events on November 10, 2020, and November 11, 2020. You can find more information here on their website.

Road Map and Message Center Updates

Road Map: Update to meeting participant’s access to meeting chat

Microsoft is updating the access available to a person added to a meeting via a meeting link but was not on the original meeting invite. The person will no longer have access to chats, files, notes, and other meeting content after the meeting ends. They will have access to the meeting assets during the meeting but will lose it when the meeting ends. Microsoft is scheduling the release of this feature for December 2020.

Message Center: Use Teams licenses to control access to Microsoft Teams

Microsoft is removing the Microsoft Teams enablement settings from the Microsoft 365 admin center. Administrators previously could disable Teams completely for the tenant using this setting. Moving forward, Microsoft will rely only on the Microsoft Teams license assignment on a per-user basis to determine if the user has access to Microsoft Teams. Microsoft has scheduled the release of this feature starting December 3, 2020. To prepare, administrators should ensure that Microsoft Teams licenses are assigned only to the users who should have access.

Message Center: Adding personal accounts in Teams coming soon on desktop

Users can add personal accounts to the Teams desktop apps (Windows and Mac OS). Microsoft is extending the support of personal accounts that already exist in the Teams mobile app. Microsoft is scheduling the rollout starting November 19, 2020.

Message Center: Microsoft Teams web app no longer supports IE 11 after November 30, 2020
The Microsoft Teams web app will no longer support Internet Explorer 11 (IE 11) after November 30, 2020. Users will be unable to access the Teams web app and will be notified to use the desktop app or access the web app from Microsoft Edge. Microsoft is focusing their efforts on modern browser support in the next year.

Message Center: Extending the temporary limit increase for live events

Microsoft is extending the temporary limit increase for live events in Teams, Stream, and Yammer until January 1, 2021. This includes:

  • Up to 20,000 attendee event support
  • 50 events hosted in a tenant simultaneously
  • 16 hours event duration

After January 2, 2021, an Advanced Communication license will be required for events with greater than 10,000 attendees and a duration of longer than 4 hours.

Training Resources

Microsoft is offering new Microsoft Teams Chalk Talks covering topics such as making calls with Teams, audio/video quality, and supercharging workflows with apps.

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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