TeamsFest becomes Teams Nation – and returns May 26th 2021

Having just finished the event a few weeks ago, Vesku, Adam, Chris and I had the opportunity to catch up before our monthly user group to have a look at the figures. We had over 1300 unique attendees at TeamsFest which was twice as large as our last event, and from over 300 feedbacks we received a speaker rating of 4.65/5 and an event score of 4.7/5 which is incredible considering we ran 85 sessions in a single day. We believe it to have been the largest amount of dedicated Teams breakout sessions ever attempted in a single day by any event, including Microsoft Ignite

Teams Real Simple with Pictures: Opting into SharePoint/OneDrive for Business as the location for Teams Meeting Recordings

Stream is changing. If you kept up to date with Ignite then you will know that it's being re-imagined and rebuilt to integrate seamlessly with applications across the stack. One of the consequences of this change is that Teams Meeting Recordings (TMR) will - like all video - be stored within SharePoint (in the case of channel meetings) and OneDrive (in the case of non-channel or what we call private meetings). There is a lot of sense and upside to this. For example, video will now be able to be shared externally which was the Achilles heel with classic stream and which many users ended up doing anyway albeit moving the video manually. Secondly, we can now leverage Microsoft 365's security and compliance functionality such as retention

Teams Real Simple with Pictures: Group Policy Assignment

Ignite is over! It went by so damn fast! And getting to the end of the week it was - admittedly - really tempting to do a blog regarding all of the new functionality which is incoming into Microsoft Teams. However, since there are loads of these blogs at the moment, and since I'll be covering them as they come into play anyway, I thought I would focus in on a nice add which I saw has surfaced recently in the TAC called Group Policy Assignment. Group Policy Assignment allows you to manage Teams policies at scale, applying them to many users based upon membership of a group. This could be the underlying Microsoft 365 group of a Team, this could be a security group, it could even be a distribution group. Now, when you consider it could be any kind of group then this becomes quite powerful. You could, for example, use policies alongside dynamic group membership. Or you could apply policies for specific roles or hierarchies. And the beauty of all this is that you no longer have to do it all by assigning policies directly to specific users. Simply by adding a user, for example, to a specific security group they can have all their policies assigned in one go. By using Powershell, you could add hundreds of users to the same security group and all of their policies - from messaging to meetings - would be assigned and ready to go in a matter of minutes