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!


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 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.


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.


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


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


Montreal Office 365 community activities November 2018

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Here is a list of Office 365 events organized by different Office 365 communities from Montréal that are held in the last week of October and November 2018.

We have a very busy month!

You must register to attend!

Date Link and description
October 29th 2018

C’est avec plaisir que Microsoft, en partenariat avec Faction A et Le CFO Masqué, vous invite à un atelier d’une journée qui portera sur les capacités de Power BI. Le but de cet atelier d’information est de vous aider à comprendre comment analyser vos données de manière fertile et intéressante. Que vous souhaitiez évaluer si Power BI est en mesure de satisfaire vos besoins organisationnels en visualisation et en analyse des données ou déterminer si cette solution peut vous aider à être plus efficace et plus productif au jour le jour, cette formation est pour vous.

November 6th 2018

Groupe SharePoint Québec

The Next great Migration : Classic to Modern

“We are lucky to receive the visit of Marc D Anderson. Marc is a renown blogger, speaker and Microsoft Most valuable professionnal. He is travelling from Boston to present us his session The Next Great Migration: “Classic” to “Modern”. With the popularity of Office 365 and the announcement of Modern sites in SharePoint 2019, we will see more companies that will want to migrate their SharePoint Classic sites to the new Modern sites. Don’t miss this opportunity to see Marc in action!

The session will be presented in English

November 10th 2018 SharePoint Saturday Ottawa

“Azure, Office 365 & SharePoint administrators, end users, architects, developers, and other professionals that work with Microsoft Technologies will meet for the ​7th annual SPSOttawa event on November 10th at Algonquin College ​located at 1385​ Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K2G 1V8.​”

November 13th 2018

“Collaborate Canada is an exceptional opportunity to build professional relationships and fuel your Microsoft Dynamics product knowledge. Stopping in five cities across Canada, these one-day events will feature a keynote presentation from Microsoft and a variety of educational sessions led by product experts. Learn from your Microsoft Dynamics peers, expand your network of connections, and discover the possibilities of your Dynamics product.”

November 14-15 2019

The Power BI World Tour is making a stop in Montreal, Canada from November 14 -15, 2018 to provide unprecedented access to premium Power BI content designed by your local PowerBIUG team. 

November 20th 2018 Global Office365 Developer Bootcamp/ Groupe SharePoint Québec

Following the success of last year, Global Office 365 Developer Bootcamp now becomes an annual event. It is a free, one-day, hands-on training event led by Microsoft MVPs with support from Microsoft and local community leaders. Developers worldwide are invited to attend the bootcamp to learn the latest on Office 365 platform including Microsoft Graph, SharePoint Framework, Microsoft Teams, Office Add-ins, Connectors and Actionable Messages and apply what you learn to your future projects.

Watch the video to hear from Jeff Teper and Microsoft MVPs on 2018 Global Office 365 Developer Bootcamp.

SharePoint/Office 365 Roadmaps and Announcements from Microsoft Ignite

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This week I presented at the Montréal SharePoint/Office 365 usergroup some of the announcements and roadmaps that were disclosed during the Microsoft Ignite conference.

Here are some of roadmaps that I have found with links to watch the session where it was announced.

Session BRK3090 Watch here

Session BRK2136 Watch here

Session BRK2136 Watch here

Session BRK2102 Watch here

Session GS006 Watch here

Session BRK3360 Watch here

Session BRK2104 Watch here

Session BRK2104 Watch here

Session BRK3096 Watch here

Session BRK2133 Watch here

Session BRK3097 Watch here

Session BRK2133 Watch here

Session BRK2094 Watch here

Session BRK2094 Watch here

Session BRK3255 Watch here

Session BRK3289 Watch here

Session BRK2105 Watch here

Configuring Microsoft Search with Office 365

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At the Microsoft Ignite Conference, it was announced that Microsoft Search is available in Public Preview

Microsoft Search (Bing) works hand in hand with Office 365 (SharePoint, OneDrive, Microsoft Teams, Yammer and People) to provide an Intelligent search across Microsoft 365.

Microsoft Search is a new search offering that helps you save time by bringing you the best of the web and work in a single experience. Sign-in with your work or school account and try it today!

Source :

In fact you can connect your Office 365 Tenant to Microsoft Search, then use Bing to search the content that is stored in your Office 365 Tenant.

You will see results from :

  • SharePoint
  • OneDrive
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Yammer

You will need to log on to Bing with your corporate credentials in order to see the results J

Results without connection

Results with a connection


Follow these steps to configure your Office 365 Tenant


  1. Open the Microsoft 365 admin center
  2. Go to Settings/Services & Add-ins
  3. Click on Microsoft Search and activate Enterprise Search
  4. Switch Company access to On and click Save
  5. Click on Launch the Microsoft Search Administration Tool now to manage your Company’s search experience
  6. Click Get started
  7. Select the services that you want to connect to Microsoft Search
  8. Type in your organization name and your email address. You can add your own logo
  9. Import your Best Bets
  10. Congradulations you are done! Very easy!
  11. Open and sign in
  12. Search for keyword
  13. Click on Show results from « Your Organisation’s name »
  14. Enjoy your new search experience!

Search for people will return : Profile information, Files, Org chart and groups.


Great job Microsoft!

We have been waiting for a long time for a single place to find all (most) of the Office 365 content!

Enjoy your search!

Add a private document library in Microsoft Teams

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Microsoft Teams is a great collaboration tool. Collaboration means sharing everything with all the members of your Team.

In many scenarios I have been asked to provide a private Channel and library for some of the Team members.

Private Channels are not available at the moment. It’s a feature that is being requested in the Microsoft Teams User Voice.

In this article you will find the steps to create a private/secured document library in Microsoft Team.

You should already know that documents stored in Microsoft Teams are actually stored in an associated SharePoint site.

Here are the steps to create a tab to display private/secured documents on a Microsoft Team Channel

  • Access your SharePoint site from Microsoft Teams
  • Create a new SharePoint group
  • Add member to the new SharePoint Security group
  • Create a new Document library in the SharePoint site
  • Break permission inheritance on the document library
  • Remove permission to Visitors and Members group on the document library
  • Grant permission to the new SharePoint group on the document library
  • Add a new tab to the document library on your Team’s channel
  • Test to confirm that it works

1.  Access your SharePoint site from Microsoft Teams

  • Open your Microsoft Teams client
  • Click on your team
  • Click on the channel where you want to add the secured document library
  • Click on Open in SharePoint

2.  Create a new SharePoint group

  • From your SharePoint site, click on the gear
  • Click on Site Permissions
  • Click on Advanced permissions settings (At the bottom of the site permission pane)
  • Click on Create Group (on the ribbon)
  • Give your group a name
  • Click Create

3.  Add members to your group

Once your group is created you can add users to your group

4.  Create a document library

  • From your SharePoint Site, click on the gear
  • Click on Add an App
  • Click on Document Library
  • Give your library a name
  • Click Create


5.  Break permission inheritance on the document library

  • From the site content click on the 3 vertical dots on the same line as your new library
  • Click on Settings
  • Click on Permissions for this document library (under Permissions and Management)
  • Click on Stop Inheriting Permissions (on the ribbon)
  • Click OK to accept the changes

6.  Remove permission to Visitors and Members group on the document library

  • Still in your permission settings
  • Select the groups that you want to remove (in this example Members and Visitors)
  • Click on Remove User Permissions (on the ribbon)
  • Click OK to accept the changes

7.  Grant permission to the new SharePoint group on the document library

  • Still in your permission settings
  • Click on Grant Permission (on the ribbon)
  • Type the name of your new group (Secure Docs Access in this demo)
  • Click on SHOW OPTIONS
  • Select the permission level that you want to grant your new group
  • Click Share

8.  Add a new tab to the document library on your Team’s channel

  • Open your Microsoft Teams client
  • Click on your team
  • Click on the channel where you want to add the secured document library
  • Click on the plus (+) sign
  • Click on Document …
  • Click on Use a SharePoint link
  • Type the URL of your SharePoint Site
  • Click GO
  • Select your secured document library
  • Click Next
  • Type the name of the tab
  • Choose if you want to Post to the channel about this tab
  • Click Save

9.  Test

  • Open the Team client with someone who is not a member of the Owner group or the Secure acces group
  • Click on your Team
  • Click on your Channel
  • Click on the Secured document library Tabs
  • You should have a message that says : You don’t have access to these files

In a next article I will show how to add private Notes to a Microsoft Team Channel

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