Translate conversations in Microsoft Teams

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Did you know that users can write conversations in any languages (almost) in Microsoft Teams and every members will be able to understand the conversation even if they don’t speak the language?

Thanks to the Translation feature in Microsoft Teams, we can do this!

To be able to translate a conversion in your language you need:

  • Microsoft Teams
  • Microsoft Teams Administrator need to allow Translation for Teams (see this article)
  • The language of your Teams client must be set to your language

 

In the image below, the text in the conversation is in French, but by Microsoft Teams client is set to English.

To translate the conversation

  • Position your mouse to the top right of the conversation and clicking on the ellipsis (…)
  • On the menu, click Translate

The message will be automatically translated to the language of your Microsoft Teams Client (English in this Demo)

Note: You will see a new icon that indicates that the text is not in the original language.

Note: If the Translate option is not visible, it is possibly because Microsoft Teams conversation is not enabled at the global Microsoft Teams settings.
See this article to enable (you need to be an Office 365 Global Administrator or a Microsoft Teams/Skype Administrator).

 

To display the original message

  • Click on the Ellipsis(…) on the right of the conversation
  • On the menu, click on See original message

 

It is a great feature of Microsoft Teams to enable collaboration and discussions in your own language!

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Enable Microsoft Teams Conversation Translation

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In Canada, especially in Québec we often have people that need to collaborate in both French and English.

With Microsoft Teams, users can have the option to translate a conversation in their own language. (See this article to find out how to translate a conversation)

Even if this feature might seem interesting, it is not enabled by default.

Note: It is quite possible that your users were once able to translate conversations, and that it option has disappeared.

To enable Teams conversation Translation, you need to:

  1. Connect to your Microsoft Teams & Skype administration Sites with an administrators account

    Option 1:

 

Option 2:

  • Open https://portal.office.com with an Office 365 administrators Account
  • Click on the Administration link at the bottom of the left navigation bar
  • Click on Teams & Skype to open the Teams administration center.

 

 

  1. Edit the Global (Org-wide default) Messaging Policy

    You can edit the Global messaging policy if you have only one policy and you want to allow everyone in your company to translate, or you can create a new policy and apply the policy to the group of users that you want to be able to use the translation feature.

In the Microsoft Teams admin center

  • Click on Messaging Policies
  • Click on Global (Org-wide default)

  • Set Allow users to translate messages to On

 

Note: It can take a little of time for the feature to be available in Microsoft Teams client, be patient.

 

 

 

Finding help about Microsoft Teams

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As Microsoft Teams is getting more and more popular, I am seeing many questions like:

“Where can I find out more information about Microsoft Team?”

So I decided to list some sources of information about Microsoft Team.

  1. Microsoft Teams client help

    I’m always surprise to see the number of people that are not aware that the Microsoft Team’s client has a great source of information and videos about Microsoft Team!

    To access Microsoft Teams client Help

  • Open your Microsoft Teams client
  • Click on the Ellipsis (…) on the left navigation bar
  • Click on Help
  • Help and FAQs
  • Videos
 

 

2. Microsoft Teams Tech Community Site


  • The Microsoft Teams Tech community is a great place to ask questions and find answers to your questions.
  • On the Microsoft Teams Tech Community site (more than 68K members), you will find MVP, Microsoft employees and community experts from all over the world that will answer your questions.

Link: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-Teams/ct-p/MicrosoftTeams

3. Microsoft Teams Blog

  • On the Microsoft Teams Blog you will find regular articles from the Microsoft Teams Team that will keep you updated with new features, announcements and best practices.

Link: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-Teams-Blog/bg-p/MicrosoftTeamsBlog

4. Microsoft Teams Adoption Hub

The Microsoft Team worked very hard to provide us with a great source of information to help companies to plan and improve end-user adoption.

On the Microsoft Teams Adoption Hub you will find:

  • Documentation
  • Adoption guidance
  • Videos
  • Information about training and certification
  • How to build a champion program
  • Downloadable content and tools
    • Adoption Project plan
    • Examples of personnas
    • Day in the life Templates
    • Embedable video for champions and ITpros
    • Support and help desk preparation tools and content

Link: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/MicrosoftTeams/adopt-microsoft-teams-landing-page

5. Coffee in the Cloud

The coffee in the cloud Youtube channel includes many videos about Microsoft Teams/Office 365 about:

  • Business solutions
  • Best Practices and How To’s
  • Videos for Administrators and Champions

Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs2IXBqperxWVe2ozrr3Gdg/featured
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