Hope everyone had a great long holiday weekend. Lots of great Teams news with MSBuild going virtual last week. Let’s jump into some articles first!

MVP Jeff Schertz has a great article on Upgrading Microsoft Teams Desk Phones. I think it’s really awesome how we can manage multiple vendor phones from a unified Teams admin center.

Another MVP Tom Arbuthnot outlines Teams Templates coming to Microsoft Teams. This means creating and managing Teams templates directly in the admin center.

Brian Siefferman at Perficient has a great article on 5 different ways to pop-out your chats in Teams. Number 3 will surprise you!

Tony Redmond gives the technical details on Using Teams Compliance Data for eDiscovery.

Check out the latest updates coming in Microsoft Teams Rooms May update out on the TechCommunity blog.

Microsoft Program Manager Jamie Stark tweeted this week that Teams admin center now allows for assigning policies to thousands of end-users at once. While not instantaneous, it’s better than having a long running PowerShell script that might timeout.

Campbell Elementary PTA on Twitter (@campbell_pta) posted a great photo that has a great remote learning tool whether your teaching kids or adults. It sets expectations on staying on mute but making sure each attendee knows how to un-mute and use chat to indicate they have a question or give feedback.

Microsoft Build News Round Up

There was tons of news coming out of Build last week. Instead of listing everything out here, I’m going to post some links to other articles summarizing all Teams-related news.

Tech Community Blog: What’s New in Microsoft Teams | Build 2020 Edition

Microsoft 365 Blog: From Microsoft Teams to Fluid Framework-here’s what’s new and coming soon to Microsoft 365

Microsoft Mechanics on YouTube: Microsoft Teams Updates | May 2020 and Beyond

Road Map Updates

Teams Mobile On-Demand Chat Translation in iOS App
Android On-Demand Chat Translation
Inline message translation is coming to the Teams iOS and Android apps. This allows for translating messages between different languages. Expected in June 2020.

New Lobby Setting for Only the Organizer to Join Meeting Directly
A new lobby setting is coming where only the organizer of the meeting can bypass the lobby. Everyone else, including people from within the same organization, will be sent to the lobby. Expected in June 2020.

Third-Party Single Sign-On (SSO) for Apps in Teams
End users will soon be able to enjoy the benefits of SSO for supported Teams apps on desktop and mobile. After signing into Teams, users will not need to sign into apps again that integrate with SSO. Expected May 2020.

Message Center: Contextual Search Coming to Teams
Teams users will be able to search within a specific chat or channel in both desktop and mobile clients. This will allow for users to narrow their search results instead of searching every channel and conversation. Rollout will begin in June 2020 and expected to complete in mid-July.

Message Center: Call Quality Dashboard (CQD) V data to be retired
The former CQD portal at https://cqd.lync.com will be retired beginning July 1, 2020. If you haven’t started using it yet, now is the time to switch to Advanced CQD v3 at https://cqd.teams.microsoft.com. It has more reports and faster data update times.

Tip of the Week

Paul Bloem on LinkedIn posted a great tip on switching quickly enabling background blur and quick edit of chat messages.


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