Chat with style with Microsoft Teams

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Microsoft teams is the new communication tool that Microsoft is adding to Office 365 subscriptions.

With the Microsoft teams coming out this week, here are some tricks to add style to your conversations.

The chat tool allow you to add text, attachments, emojis, sticker and video conversations.

Adding text

You can add style to your text conversation by clicking on , where you can set your text to bold, Italic and more.

You can also add style to the chat by using the Markdown syntax.

Here are some commands that you can use in your chat box.

*yourboldtext* will show the text in bold

_yourItalicText_ will show the text in Italic

[YourTextInSquareBracket](YourUrlInParenthesis) will put a hyperlink on your text.

Here is list of what you can do with Markdown in Microsoft Teams:

Name

Action

Example

Bold text

*bold*

bold text

Italic text

_italic_

italic text

Strikethrough

~strikethough~

Numbered list

Start your conversation with 1. Item one

Then when you click enter the numbered list will continue

<number>

1. Item one
2. Item two

Unordered list (use * or -)

*,-

· Item one
· Item two

Hyperlink (Add your text between square brackets)

[Text](URL)

Here’s a link.

Multi-line code block

”’

(not available)

Inline block of code

‘[text]’

(not available)

Header

###

Header

Source: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Getting-the-best-messaging-experience-f3a917cb-1a83-42b2-a097-0678298703bb?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US

Adding Emojis

Adding Stickers

Adding attachments

Adding attachment to your conversation is cool, but you have to make sure that you have a great naming convention to find your document. There is no search available (at the moment), you have to rely on the file name.

The attachment tool will show you your most recent documents, documents from your OneDrive for Business or the documents from your team.

For more information, see this link: Getting the best messaging experience

 

If you like keyboard shortcuts, here is a list of shortcuts that can be used with Microsoft Teams.

https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Microsoft-Teams-keyboard-shortcuts-c796cc2e-249a-4ec3-9cd7-00766905aa56

Have fun with team conversations.

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Global availability of Microsoft Teams

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Microsoft is holding an online session on March 14th at 8:30 a.m. to launch the global availability of Microsoft Teams. Follow this link to signup https://blogs.office.com/2017/03/07/join-us-for-an-online-event-to-celebrate-the-global-availability-of-microsoft-teams/

Microsoft Teams is a Chat based tool that has been available to Office 365 customer that have activated First Release. The new tool has received great reviews and will be globally available on March 14th.

If you want to learn more about teams have a look at this page https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Office-365-Blog/A-New-Release-Strategy-Preparing-for-Teams-Release/ba-p/52215, where you will find explanation and the following links.


Groups-Yammer-team-planner

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Last night at the SharePoint Québec Usergroup meeting we had a great discussion about the collaboration tools that are available with Office 365. SharePoint, Groups, teams, Yammer, Onedrive for Business and all.

Here a few links that were shared in order to help understand better the different tools.

Microsoft Teams, groups and Yammer general information

Groups

Deploying and governing groups

Get the Latest on Office 365 Groups – Overview, What’s New and Roadmap

Yammer

Planner

Team

 

 

 

Yammer connected to Office 365 Groups

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Microsoft is rolling out a new feature on Office 365 that will connect Yammer groups to Office 365.

They should be done rolling out to all tenants by March 31st 2017.

It is already enabled on my tenant.

In order to use the connected Yammer groups you will need to Enforce Office 365 Identity on your Yammer Network.

In Network Admin, select Security Settings, then Enforce Office 365 Identity.

Once it will be enabled, you will get a new Office 365 group when you create a Yammer group. This Office 365 Group will be connected to your Yammer group.

You will see Office 365 resources in your new Yammer groups.

From your Yammer group you will have access to

  • In the coming months, Microsoft will replace the Yammer notes with the group OneNote Notebook.
  • When the group is created from Yammer, it will use the Yammer conversations.
  • The Yammer connected group makes it easier to share files from Onedrive to your Yammer group conversations
  • Since the group email address is part of the Exchange global address list, it will be easier to send email to the Yammer conversation.

More information on what you will get with Yammer Connected Groups.

https://blogs.office.com/2016/09/26/yammer-strengthens-team-collaboration-through-integration-with-office-365-groups/

SharePoint Online Public Web sites

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Public Web Site has not been available to new Office 365 tennant for a while.

Existing tenant that had a public web site could still use it.

Beginnig May 1 2017 you will not be able to use your SharePoint Online Public Web site… Unless you required to keep your site until March 31 2018.

Steps to request to keep your site until March 31 2018.

1. Log in to the SharePoint Admin Center.
2. Click Settings.
3. Select the I’d like to keep my public website until March 31, 2018 option.

Act now if you have a SharePoint Online Public Web site.

More information

 

SharePoint Online Site Mailbox

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Microsoft has announced that SharePoint Online site mailbox are going away.

If you were not using them, it is not an issue. However, you will not be able to create new site mailbox stating in March 2017.

Your existing site mailboxes will continue to work for a while, but you should plan to transition to Office 365 groups.

Here is the message received in the message center:

 

Restrict access to SharePoint Online from network location

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Office 365 now offers an option to allow access to SharePoint Online site from only specific IP addresses.

To allow access to your SharePoint Online sites from specific IP address locations:

  • Sign in to your Office 365 administration center
  • Go to the SharePoint administration center
  • On the left navigation bar click on Device Access
  • Specify the IP addresses that you want to allow

Important: Make sure you enter your external (internet IP address). If you enter the wrong IP address you will not have access to all SharePoint Online sites including the SharePoint Administration center. In this case, you will need to open a ticket with the Office 365 support team to remove the restriction for you.

If you try to access a SharePoint Online site from an IP address that is not in the allow list, you will receive this message:

access-restricted

Note: At the time of writing this article, in order to allow access to SharePoint Online from only specific IP addresses, you might have to activate first release

See this article to activate first release: https://tremblayse.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/office-365-first-release/

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