Microsoft Teams November 2018 update.

Customize your team with 3rd party integrations

Monthly Spotlight – Apps in Teams: Confluence Cloud, Meekan, and more!

Confluence Cloud Messaging Extension empowers your dev team to get the information they need by searching through your Confluence instance and attach a page, blog post etc. to an informative card.

Meekan is an AI assistant that simplifies tasks such as finding the best time to connect with your team and scheduling a meeting.

Jira Cloud app now supports Jira Service Desk projects, allowing you to configure by selecting the project, choosing which service desk queue you would like to monitor and pin that as a Microsoft Teams tab.

Polly App now offers more options to customize your instant polls with additional questions types, letting users add comments to your poll, etc.

Communicate more effectively

Check if someone is available with improved presence for Coexistence Mode

Many organizations are in the process of migrating from Skype for Business to Teams. For some, this means using Skype for Business and Teams at the same time (Islands mode). During this time, it’s important to understand what presence is being shown and from where it originates. We are introducing a new presence experience that allows users to more accurately display their status to others in the organization during coexistence. For users in TeamsOnly mode, others will see presence based on the activity in Teams. For SfbOnlySfbWithTeamsCollab, and SfbWithTeamsCollabAndMeeting modes, presence is based on Skype for Business activity.

Work with confidence: new features for IT admin

Teams based on dynamic group membership

Many admins need to create teams for groups or departments where membership changes frequently. Now, it is getting easier for you to manage membership of these teams.

You can now create teams backed by Office 365 groups with a dynamic membership rule for which membership is managed dynamically based on user or device properties in Azure Active Directory. If a user or device satisfies a rule for a group, they are added as a member, and when they no longer satisfy the rule, they are removed.

This helps with scenarios like:

  • A hospital can create different teams for nurses and doctors that automatically reflect current staffing.
  • A university can create a team for all faculty within a college, including an adjunct faculty that changes frequently.

To create a team with a dynamic membership rule, the tenant admin has to first create an Office 365 groups with a dynamic membership rule in Azure Active Directory, the team owner can then convert the group to a team via the Teams client.

Dynamic membership rules in Azure Active Directory require an Azure AD Premium P1 license for each unique user that is a member of one or more dynamic groups.

Org-wide team
Org-wide teams provides an automatic way for everyone in an organization with no more than 1,000 users to be a part of a single team for collaboration. Global administrators can now easily create a public team that adds every user in the organization and automatically keeps the membership up to date with Active Directory as users join and leave the organization.

Only global admins can create org-wide teams and currently an org-wide team is limited to organizations with no more than 1,000 users.

When the org-wide team is created, all global admins are added as team owners and all active users are added as team members. Accounts which are disabled, blocked from sign-in, guests, conf rooms and resource accounts won’t be added to the team. As your organization’s directory is updated to include new active users or when users leave, changes are automatically reflected in the org-wide team membership. Team members can’t leave an org-wide team. As a team owner, you can manually add or remove users if needed.

Scoped directory search
You can now leverage Exchange address book policies to create virtual boundaries within your organization and control how users find and communicate with each other in Teams. This is useful if you manage an organization that has multiple entities within a single tenant, or if you manage a school and want to limit chat between faculty and students within the same class or grade.

Note that address book policies create only a virtual separation of users from a directory perspective, not a legal separation.

To use scoped directory search for your organization in Teams, first create address book policies via the Exchange Admin Center (EAC) and then enable scoped directory search in Teams via the Microsoft Teams & Skype for Business Admin Center (Org-wide settings > Teams settings).

Once enabled, the results returned by searches for other users (for example, to initiate a chat or to add members to a team) will be scoped according to the configured policies. Users will not be able to search or discover teams when scoped search is in effect.

New features available on Teams iOS & Android apps

Keep you work-life balance with quiet hours

Push Notifications help you stay productive at work, but there are times where you may also want to focus on other activities. Quiet Hours empowers you to control Team’s notifications on your mobile device. You can mute push notifications at specific times during any day of the week, including weekends.

See organizational information from anywhere
Microsoft Teams makes it easy for you to understand in which team or department people are. You can now also leverage the Teams mobile app to search for a colleague in the organizational chart or find it directly from their contact card.

Schedule meeting on the go
You can now schedule Teams meetings from your mobile device and invite people who are part of the organization (including guests) via the Microsoft Teams app for iOS and Android. Additionally, you will also be able to schedule channel meetings soon.

Know who is calling you via Microsoft Teams
If you have a Teams phone number saved in your device contacts, you will now see their name appear when they call you via Teams. This requires a Phone System license and permission to access your device contacts.

Safer meetings on the go with Drive Mode
Enjoy a simplified experience optimized for driving conditions with larger buttons for common actions to safely participate in meetings on the go. To access Drive mode, tap the “…” menu in the meeting view, and select Drive mode. If your mobile device is paired with the car stereo over Bluetooth, audio should automatically switch to your car’s stereo.