The December 1st Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup December 1, 2017 – Microsoft Tech Community

Table of Contents

  • Product News
  • Handy Resources
  • Interesting Perspectives
  • Upcoming Events
  • Featured Group

Microsoft showcases latest industrial IoT innovations at SPS 2017

On November 22, 2017, Microsoft announced they are extending their lead in standards-based Industrie 4.0 cloud solutions using the industrial interoperability standard OPC UA, with several new product announcements at SPS IPC Drives 2017 in Nuernberg, Europe’s leading industrial automation exhibition. Join the conversation in the Azure IoT space.

Technical reference implementation for enterprise BI and reporting

On November 27, 2017, Microsoft announced the technical reference implementation of an enterprise grade infrastructure to help accelerate the deployment of a BI and reporting solution to augment your data science and analytics platform on Azure. Join the conversation in the Azure Data & Storage space.

New in MyAnalytics: See your after-hours impact on co-workers

On November 27, 2017, Microsoft announced that MyAnalytics now shows you the after-hours impact you impose on co-workers. Join the conversation in the MyAnalytics space.

Update for the Configuration Manager Client Messaging SDK

On November 27, 2017, Microsoft announced that an updated version of the Configuration Manager Client Messaging SDK version 5.1710.1059.1000 is now available on Join the conversation in the System Center Configuration Manager space.

Launching preview of Azure Migrate

On November 27, 2017, Microsoft announced the preview of Azure Migrate. Join the conversation in the Microsoft Azure space.

Get notified when Azure service incidents impact your resources

On November 27, 2017, Microsoft announced a set of new features for creating and managing Azure Service Health alerts. Join the conversation in the Microsoft Azure space.

Run your PySpark Interactive Query and batch job in Visual Studio Code

On November 27, 2017, Microsoft announced the integration of HDInsight PySpark into Visual Studio Code (VSCode), which allows developers to easily edit Python scripts and submit PySpark statements to HDInsight clusters. Join the conversation in the Azure Data and Storage space.

New Remote Desktop app for macOS available in the App Store

On November 28, 2017, Microsoft announced the next generation application of the Remote Desktop (RD) experience for macOS. Join the conversation in the Windows Server for IT Pro space.

Automatic tuning introduces Automatic plan correction and T- SQL management

On November 28, 2017, Microsoft announced several new features in Azure SQL Database automatic tuning. Join the conversation in the Azure Data & Storage space.

Introducing Azure Automation watcher tasks public preview

On November 28, 2017, Microsoft announced the public preview of Azure Automation watcher tasks. Join the conversation in the Microsoft Azure space.

Elastic database tools for Java

On November 28, 2017, Microsoft announced the release of a new version of the Elastic Database Client Library for Azure SQL database supporting Java. Join the conversation in the Azure Data & Storage space.

Announcing Azure Location Based Services public preview

On November 28, 2017, Microsoft announced the Public Preview availability of Azure Location Based Services (LBS). Join the conversation in the Azure IoT space.

Update on retirement of Azure AD classic portal experience and migration of conditional access policies

On November 29, 2017, Microsoft announced some updates related to the Azure Active Directory admin experience. Join the conversation in the Azure Active Directory space.

Holidays feature in Auto Attendant is now available to all Phone System customers

On November 29, 2017, Microsoft announced that the holidays feature for Auto Attendants has been rolled out to all Skype for Business Online customers. Join the conversation in the Skype for Business space.

Azure Analysis Services integration with Azure Diagnostic Logs

On November 29, 2017, Microsoft announced that Azure Analysis Services is now integrated with Azure Monitor Resource Diagnostic Logs. Join the conversation in the Microsoft Azure space.

New usage reports for Microsoft Teams

On November 29, 2017, Microsoft announced two new usage reports for Microsoft Teams. Join the conversation in the Microsoft Teams space.

What’s new in Microsoft Teams – November Update

Check out what’s new in Microsoft Teams in the month of November!

Handy Resources

Detecting remote code execution with Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics

We know that attackers can often use legitimate tools to take malicious actions. Recent incidents have been perpetrated using a known technique called Remote Code Execution (RCE) to spread malware inside a target network. This technique can be executed using legitimate tools such as WMIC and/or PSExec. However, what attackers may not know is that this technique can be detected with Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA).

Windows 10 version 1709 AMA

On November 30, 2017, Microsoft hosted a Windows 10 version 1709 AMA to help answer questions. The summary from this event will be available when it’s ready in the Windows 10 space.

Microsoft FastTrack: Engage Experts at Tech Summits

The FastTrack booth at the Sydney Tech Summit was bustling throughout both days of the conference with a steady stream of attendees experiencing one to one sessions with our FastTrack experts. Over the two-day conference, we helped many IT Professionals to identify on-the-spot Microsoft 365 and Azure solutions for the challenges they face like: email migration; reducing deployment times, automation, maximizing the effectiveness of their subscription, accelerating product delivery, building solutions on Azure, and more.

Server aliases for Azure Analysis Services

Server aliases for Azure Analysis Services allow users to connect to an alias server name instead of the server name exposed in the Azure portal. This can be used in the following scenarios: to migrate models between servers without affecting users, to provide friendly server names that are easier for users to remember, to direct users to different servers at different times of the day, and to direct users in different regions to instances of Analysis Services that are geographically closer, for example using Azure Traffic Manager.

Part 4: Promote Microsoft 365 awareness and enable end users with training

This is the fourth and final post from our blog series on the four success factors for driving Microsoft 365 adoption. In this blog post I will focus on the last two success factors – Awareness and Training, outlining best practices and available resources.

New SharePointDsc Blog

SharePointDsc (formerly known as xSharePoint) is the PowerShell Desired State Configuration module for SharePoint. Follow the new blog!

Windows AutoPilot Documentation Update

A couple of changes were recently made to the Windows AutoPilot documentation. We realized that we were missing some pretty important details so that you can implement Windows AutoPilot end- to-end. Documentation now includes network connectivity requirements, OOBE branding, and multiple ways to manage and apply deployment profiles.

Interesting Perspectives

SharePoint Online and Bing Maps

A user was having some frustration integrating Bing Maps with SharePoint Online. Another contributor, Christopher Webb, was able to offer some guidance that helped resolve the issue.

Testing an updated web part, on a live SharePoint site, without affecting the existing version

Contributor Alan Trafford asked about making an updated web part look like a new web part for testing in SharePoint. MVPs Paul Keijzers and Andrew Koltyakov offered advice that answered his question to his satisfaction.

Backup and Compliance

Some concerns were raised about Backup and Compliance in Microsoft Teams, which several contributors were able to help clarify.

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Announcing an AMA for Windows Server Containers on December 5

Do you have questions about Windows Server Containers? On December 5, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. PT, there will be an opportunity to ‘Ask Microsoft Anything’ (AMA) in the Windows Server AMA space.

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Featured Blog


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Member of the Week

Damien Rosario

A member since October of this year, Damien has been incredibly active in the community, especially in the Skype for Business space, with great questions and contributions. Thanks for being a member of the community, Damien!

Office International November Competition Summary and Winners

From November 13th to November 24th, 2017, we ran a contest in our Office International Community in search of the top language issues in localized versions of Word Online and OneNote Online. We wanted people to discover how feature rich our Online offerings have become, get people to use them in their native language and let us know about issues that affected their user experience.
We were giving away 3 X $100 Amazon voucher to the top 3 contributors in three categories:

Category 1 – Highest creation of new, original posts
Category 2 – Best new, original post
Category 3- New, original post with largest international impact

Firstly, we would like to thank everyone who took the time to enter our competition. We really appreciate the time you took to report issues to us. We can now proudly announce our three winners:

Mourad Louha from Germany wins category 1 for his 37 issues reported.
Marianne van Teijlingen – van Bemmelen from The Netherlands wins category 2 for her reporting of an overlocalisation of indent in Dutch.
And finally, Danish native speaker Jorgen Koch wins category 3 for his reporting of an inconsistency in allign commands across Office applications.

Congratulations and well done to our winners!

Quick summary of our Competitions Dashboard:
Below is a Power BI Dashboard that summarizes all the feedback we received during each competition. You can filter by month selection to see the summary of the November competition. At the top it shows who the competitions contributors were, how many bugs they each reported, the languages they were reported in and the type of issue reported. Competition entrants can also see the status of what they reported by clicking on the bug row in the table at the bottom and the comment for that bug will appear in the top left.
Most of the bugs have been implemented in our localised files. Depending on the platform builds with those new translations and fixes should be live in the next product update. That could be anything from 1 week to 4 weeks’ time.
Thanks to everyone who entered the competition and congratulations to the winners!

What’s coming in December?
We are changing tack next month. Users of localised Office Insider builds on any platform can enter our Sweepstake after it is advertised next week. People can enter as often as they like throughout December and we will have the sweepstake in early January. After the start date which will be announced next week then once you join the community and report an issue from a localised Office Insider build (from any platform) then you will be automatically entered into the sweepstake. Please let any Office Insiders you feel that may be interested know about our competition and ask them to join our Office International Community when you see it advertised on the Tech Community or social media channels (LinkedIn, Twitter) next week.

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Lexis for Microsoft Office just got a bit more flexible for legal advisors Blogs: Chalk another point for Microsoft Office 365! Today, the partnership between legal research solution provider Lexis and Microsoft has become just a bit more available for users spanning across PC, Mac, and mobile. Blogs: The Lexis tools for legal documentation aren’t anything new Microsoft Office add-in list. However, now the partnership targeted for advisors on-the-go can be used from desktop, laptop, and mobile devices seamlessly thanks to Office 365.

The Office 365 Lexis add-in includes all of its key features such as legal research in context, implementation of Shepard’s Citation Service to validate easier, quote checking, and a Table of Authorities creator.

Here’s what the store page has to say:

Just open a Word document online from practically any device. Then activate your Lexis for Microsoft Office add-in. Now you’re ready to use research, drafting and review tools, such as:

  • Search & Display: conduct research without leaving your document
  • Get Cited Docs: validate cited sources by accessing Shepard’s® Citations Service from within the context of your document
  • Set and Check Cite Format: efficiently match the format requirements you specify
  • Check Quotes: quickly validate against source documents
  • Prepare Table of Authorities: organize your authorities with fast, flexible options
  • Link to Cites: permanently link Lexis Advance® content to your documents

Of course, the Lexis Advance subscription is required to sign into the add-in for full features even within Office 365. But at least now you’re getting a bit more bang for your buck by being able to access all of these features across almost any device. You can download Lexis for Microsoft Office 365 on the Office store.

Time has run out, Microsoft is cutting OneDrive storage limits starting today Blogs: Last year, Microsoft announced that it would no longer offer unlimited OneDrive storage to Office 365 customers after too many users abused the generous offer. At the time, the company explained that it would limit OneDrive storage to 1TB for Office 365 customers starting March 1, 2017, and if you’re still above that limit today it’s now time to take action. Blogs: The company explained to Neowin that the new storage limit may take up to 48 hours to be applied on all accounts. For users that still have more than 1TB of files store on OneDrive, their account will enter an “over quota mode,” giving them three months to remove enough files to reach the new 1TB limit. Blogs: If Office 365 customers fail to do that during the three month period, their account will then be in a locked state for six months. During that time, Microsoftwill give them one opportunity to unlock their account for a period of 30 days, which should be more than enough to move data out of OneDrive and comply with the new storage policy.

If you need help to manage your OneDrive storage, we invite you to read our previous list of tips that we published a couple of months ago. Let us know in the comments if you had to prepare your account for the recent cutbacks.

Here are the new features in Office 365’s February Insider Slow update Blog: Yesterday, Microsoft announced the February Insider Slow update for Office 365. As usual, this update is packed with new features, and if you’re a Office Insider, you can take advantage and download it now by heading to File > Account > Update Options > Update Now. Blog: Overall, this update pushes the newest version to Version 1702 (Build 7870.2013.) For the details on what has changed, you can check Microsoft’s official changelog below.

  • A quick start to your research: PowerPoint QuickStarter gives you research ideas and design suggestions for a presentation on a subject of your choosing. Just choose the QuickStarter template from File > New, and specify the subject you want to study.
  • Set things straight: On devices that have touch screens, you can use the Ruler on the Draw tab of the ribbon to draw straight lines or to align a set of objects. The Ruler pivots to any position you want: horizontal, vertical, or anything in between: it has a degrees setting so that you can set it at a precise angle, if necessary. (We’re rolling out this feature gradually, so if you don’t see the Ruler button on the Draw tab right away, don’t worry. It’s coming soon.)
  • Enhanced digital writing assistant: With additional intelligent services built-in, Editor is better able to recognize your words in context and offer the right spelling suggestions. Look for these improvements in Word and Outlook.
  • Easier background removal: In Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, we’ve made it easier to remove and edit the background of a picture. You no longer have to draw a rectangle around the foreground of your picture; instead, the app will automatically detect the general background areas. In addition, the pencil for marking areas to keep or remove can now draw free-form lines, rather than being limited to straight lines.
  • Move pages from side to side: In Word, navigate pages in Print Layout view by sliding them side-to-side like a stack of paper. To try it, click View > Side to Side.
  • From Visio to PowerPoint in a few clicks: Take snippets of a Visio drawing and export them as slides to PowerPoint. To get started, open a diagram and click View > Slide Snippets Pane. In the pane, click Add to snip portions of your diagram and Export to send your slide snippets to a new PowerPoint slide deck. Blog: As always, you can sign up to become an Office Insider by visiting this link. It is worth noting that signing up and installing these builds will give you access to new features, but may result in an unstable experience. Let us know what you think of these latest updates by dropping us a comment below!

Microsoft Uses AI to Tighten Word’s Translation Tool in Office Update

The latest batch of Microsoft Office updates includes a built-in translator in Word and search capabilities that help users connect with co-workers and their shared content.

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Thanks to Microsoft’s accelerated software release cadence, Word now features an improved built-in translation tool that can help users make sense out of documents from their overseas colleagues.

Microsoft is taking a cloudlike approach to software updates, meaning that Office 365 users can expect to see new features and enhancements crop up on a more regular basis. The latest update offers some new tricks for users who routinely use Word’s translation tool to decipher documents authored in other languages.

“We’ve revamped the translation tools available within Word. You can now translate sections of text, or your entire document, and review or save the result as a regular document file,” said Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president at Microsoft Office, in a blog post. “Translator supports 60 languages, including 11 that use neural machine translation, providing superior quality and fluency to help you work more confidently.”

Like Google, Microsoft uses neural network systems to improve the quality of translated text, yet another example of Microsoft employing artificial intelligence (AI) technologies across its software ecosystem. The new language features in Word can be found under the Review menu item.

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In addition to more flexible translation tools, Microsoft has expanded the reach of Tell Me, the search and support tool in Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Users covered by commercial Office 365 plans can search for people and files across the entire organization, or share their own documents using Tell Me.

Now that Office 365 supports 3D objects, which can be used to spice up Word files or create eye-catching PowerPoint presentations, Microsoft is making it easier to share and organize 3D content using the OneDrive cloud file storage and sharing service. Users can now open and view 3D objects in the OneDrive app. The browser-based service, meanwhile, supports direct viewing without an added plugin. users now have a new way to keep tabs on their colleagues. The web-based email application allows consumer users to view LinkedIn profile information without leaving their inboxes.

The MyAnalytics (formerly the Delve Analytics add-on for Office 365) dashboard gains three new charts that can help users maximize their time and strike a better work-life balance. Building on the weekly snapshot visualization that shows users how much time they spend emailing co-workers, in meetings and doing other work activities, a new Trends chart displays changes in those activities over greater stretches of time, allowing users to see how well they are progressing on their work goals.

Another chart, called Your Time Investments, displays a user’s contacts in various “orbits.” Those contacts whose orbits appear closest indicate a tighter work relationship. Finally, the Your Groups chart shows the top six Office 365 Groups in terms of engagement. This video on the new MyAnalytics features provides a closer look.

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Office 365 November Updates Bring New Enterprise Apps, Resume Assistant

Office 365 November updates bring a host of new features for businesses, with secure link sharing, new apps, and StaffHub improvements. Microsoft will continue to work on such features in December.

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November has come to a close. That means a start to the holiday festivities, but, more importantly, a roundup of Office 365 improvements. Microsoft has implemented a ton of new features, from security enhancements to analytic tools and more.

Unsurprisingly, one of the month’s big focuses was enterprise. Microsoft announced worldwide availability of Microsoft 365 Business, with several new apps to match. Microsoft Connections, Microsoft Listings, and Microsoft Invoicing all users manage their business.

 Alongside it was several improvements to privacy, security, and compliance. Microsoft’s Advanced eDiscovery lets organizations analyze Office 365 data to find information about specific people or topics. Thanks to an update in November, users can now import content from outside of Office 365, greatly extending its use cases.

Last month also marked the implementation of secure link sharing from OneDrive and SharePoint. This is something Microsoft touted at Ignite in September, and it’s not generally available. Email verification codes appear each time a user tries to access a file, meaning they’re continually protected.

StaffHub and Resume Assistant

Microsoft has also made changes to its apps. StaffHub now lets workers clock in and out of their shifts and provides company news and resources. The hope to inform the workforce and increase efficiency as a result.

Mile IQ got one of the most significant improvements, thanks to AI. The app will now automatically classify trips depending on frequent locations. It will also detect if the user is travelling during work hours, and automatically classify those as personal. The result is less micromanagement and more accurate payments.

In addition, Resume Assistant is now officially available in Word. It uses LinkedIn integration to help create one with personalized insights and delivers relevant examples and descriptions. Together, the updates mark a significant step forward for Office 365 in business, and no doubt it will continue to improve in December.

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Get November Windows and Office updates installed — carefully

putting on a band-aid patch with binary code

The list of complaints about this month’s patches goes on forever. I covered the high points a couple of days ago. We’ve seen people who are running Win10 Creators Update and who specifically said they didn’t want to upgrade to Fall Creators Update get pushed into an upgrade anyway. Those using Epson dot matrix or POS printers lost them for a couple of weeks. Add to that a heaping handful of hooey and there were enough problems to keep most Windows customers shaking their heads. Or quaking in their boots.

I’ve been waiting to see what Microsoft would do with Win10 version 1709. There was an entry in the Win10 Update History listing for a cumulative update called KB 4051963, which would bring 1709 up to build 16299.96, but that entry mysteriously disappeared yesterday.

While waiting, Microsoft released an updated version of the Equation Editor patch. Per @abbodi86, the old versions (KB 4011276 and KB 2553204) only worked with English and Chinese versions of Office. The new patches, KB 4011604 (for Office 2007) and KB 4011618 (for Office 2010), now work with all languages.

We’re starting to see some consumer-grade malware that exploits the Equation Editor security hole, CVE-2017-11882, and that’s the primary reason for getting patches applied now.

.Net Patches

The latest versions of the .Net patches (released two days ago) appear to be working.

Office Patches

Microsoft has a catch-all web page for known (which is to say, acknowledged) bugs in Office patches. In it you’ll find entries for known Outlook problems (“Outlook was unable to recover some or all of the items in this folder” and “View Settings button is missing”), Excel problems (“Errors loading Excel Solver add-in,” “Excel may crash when you try to embed an object into a worksheet”), Word (“Export failed due to an unexpected error”), and OneNote (“This notebook may not sync correctly because another program is syncing these files”).

Surprisingly, there’s no mention on the bug page of a conflict with Dynamics 365 and Outlook, officially called “Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Outlook is unable to render webpages after installing the October 2017 Microsoft Outlook security update.” Avoid this month’s security patch for Outlook 2017 if you’re one of the unfortunate ones who need to use Dynamics 365 for Outlook 2017.

Windows 7 and 8.1 Patches

Microsoft has fixed the bug that clobbered Epson dot matrix printers in Win7 and 8.1. If you install patches this month using Windows Update, the installer will find the right fix, if you need it, and apply it for you. If you manually download and install the Security-Only patch (which I no longer recommend!), and you have an Epson dot matrix printer, you also need to install the fix, called KB 4055038, manually.

Microsoft is still blocking updates to Windows 7 and 8.1 on recent computers. If you are running Windows 7 or 8.1 on a PC that’s no more than a year old, follow the instructions in AKB 2000006 or @MrBrian’s summary of @radosuaf’s method to make sure you can use Windows Update to get updates applied.

If you’re very concerned about Microsoft snooping on you and want to install just security patches, realize that the privacy path’s getting more difficult. The old “Group B” — security patches only — isn’t dead, but it’s no longer within the grasp of typical Windows customers. We’re actively discussing whether it’s worthwhile continuing to post information about the security-only patching path. Microsoft has made that option considerably more obtuse than it was a year ago. If you insist on manually installing security patches only, follow the instructions in @PKCano’s AKB 2000003.

For most Windows 7 and 8.1 users, I recommend following AKB 2000004: How to apply the Win7 and 8.1 Monthly Rollups. If you want to minimize Microsoft’s snooping but still install all of the offered patches, turn off the Customer Experience Improvement Program (Step 1 of AKB 2000007: Turning off the worst Windows 7 and 8.1 snooping) before you install any patches. (Thx, @MrBrian).

Watch out for driver updates — you’re far better off getting them from a manufacturer’s website. After you’ve installed the latest Monthly Rollup, if you’re intent on minimizing Microsoft’s snooping, run through the steps in AKB 2000007: Turning off the worst Win7 and 8.1 snooping. Realize that we don’t know what information Microsoft collects on Window 7 and 8.1 machines.

Windows 10 Patches

If you’re stuck on Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, version 1709, and you want to stay ahead of the malware mavens, you don’t have much choice but to use Windows Update to install KB 4048955 and bring your system up to build 16299.64. Before you do, read the KB article and understand that (1) you won’t be able to print on Epson dot matrix printers, and (2) “Internet Explorer 11 users who use SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) may not be able to scroll through a drop-down menu using the scroll bar.” Of course, if you’re still using IE 11, you have plenty of other things to worry about.

I’m still seeing lots and lots of reports of weird bugs in 1709. There’s an ongoing list on the AskWoody site here. I’ve also seen independent reports of problems with 1709 breaking search in Outlook 2007, as well as reports of folder permissions problems and autostart after boot inanities.

We’re still in the unpaid beta testing phase of Win10 version 1709. You’d be well advised to stick with your current version of Win10 and wait for the cannon fodder to fulfill their destiny.

If you’re running Win10 Creators Update, version 1703, and you want to stay on 1703 while those on 1709 get to eat Microsoft’s dog food, follow the instructions here to ward off the upgrade. As you go through the steps, keep in mind that Microsoft forgot to honor the “Current Branch for Business” setting — golly! — so you need to run the “feature update” (read: version change) deferral setting all the way up to 365. And hope that Microsoft doesn’t forget how to count to 365.

The latest cumulative update for 1703, KB 4055254, build 15063.729, released Nov. 22, has one acknowledged bug, which is the IE 11 SSRS bug mentioned for 1709.

If you’re still on Win10 Anniversary Update, version 1607, you need to be aware of yet another bug — the “CDPUserSvc_XXXX has stopped working” bug which Microsoft finally acknowledged last week. It’s been around for nearly two months. See my discussion here for details.

The latest 1607 cumulative update, KB 4051033, build 14393.1914, is just three days old. Aren’t you glad you waited?

If you’re running an earlier version of Win10, you’re basically on your own.

To get Windows 10 patched, go through the steps in “8 steps to install Windows 10 patches like a pro.”

As is always the case, DON’T CHECK ANYTHING THAT’S UNCHECKED. In particular, don’t be tempted to install anything marked “Preview.” Thar be tygers.

Time to get patched. Tell your friends, but make sure they understand what’s happening. And for heaven’s sake, as soon as you’re patched, turn off automatic updating! Full instructions are in the referenced guides to patching.

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Ignite Live Blogging: Microsoft Teams Behind the Scenes


Teams is the big new collaboration buzz here at Ignite, and at today’s session we get to see behind the curtains and get a little insight about the announcements made at the conference. This is an open Q&A session where the panel will talk about the news at the conference, the reactions to the announcements, and take questions from the audience.



About the team onstage

Darrell Webster – @regarding365

Dan Stevenson – Principal Group Program Manager, Microsoft

Loryan Strant – Consultant Prime – Office Server and Services MVP

Alistair Pugin – Productivity Evangelist – Office Server and Services MVP



Dan gave an introductory presentation with a few important  Key points

  • Microsoft is committed to Skype for Business. I have personally been asked if Teams is replacing SfB, but that is not the message here. There is at least one more server version in the making, and there is no announcement about any termination of SFBO
  • Teams is ready now, but will get readier over time. It is an application in constant development.
  • Microsoft and partners are ready to help customers adopt Teams One great place to start is using faststart or
  • More on Compliance, management and administration will be coming soon
  • All other office 365 teams are integrating their products into Teams


Introduction to the Teams team

Dan moved on to go through a couple of slides to set the agenda for the Q&A, and letting the audience hear some of the Teams team (this being the software engineering organization that builds Teams) experiences and reflections. I reccomend looking at the slides for accuracy, but here are some of the highlights I want to share:

  • The team uses Teams for all internal meetings
  • Teams is used for most 1-1 communication within the engineering team
  • Many use chat, but the general trend is to use channels more than basic chat
  • A few core teams
  • 100 channels (by function, products, announcements, competitive, fun staff and more)
  • Apps and extensions are widely used

After working with Teams for a while, here are some of the Teams team wishes for the future. The wish list is not a roadmap, but rather examples of areas they could look into in the future.

  • Private channels within teams, creating a hierarchy
  • Shared channels between teams
  • Read-only channels for informational purposes
  • Sharing chat history
  • Participant controls in meeting (“Desperately” – Dan Stevenson )


Dan also shared some of the key findings when it comes to factors driving the usage, growth and retention

  • Get the users to use the Mobile app – Users tend to be more productive when using mobile: (mobile users tend to be more active overall when mobile).
  • Make sure users already belong to a team before adding them to Teams. This gives them something to start with.
  • Smaller teams usually tend not to work, 3 is to small, 6+ tend to work better
  • File sharing: People got to the places their files are
  • An IT-led adoption tends to get things going at a quicker pace, where an organic approach will take some time to catch up in volume of active users.


My own summary

“On the way”, “on the roadmap” and “coming soon” are often a part of the answers we hear, and it just shows this is a product in the making. And it will be evolved over time, just as many other products now are continuously being improved. Microsoft encourages us to use Teams and SfB side-by-side until required functionality is ready in Teams. But if the features a group of people require is already available in Teams (like internal chat, meetings and document collaboration) you should really consider to make the swap to Teams right away.

I think it will take some time until the consumers and IT-pros get used to the idea that the product is “never” being finished the way things were done in the “old” days. This is the power of the cloud, it’s a new way to deliver funtionallity into products continously. The time when finalized products are shipped every “X” years is simply over.

Don’t heistate to get started. Use tools side-by-side, and gradually phase out obsolete tools when the new tools cover your requirements. That’s the real message here at Ignite.

A great place to go for information on what is happening, or to submit your own requests is the user voice. Use the “feedback” link within the application to be redirected to the user voice site.

Measure and grow engagement with group insights in Yammer

Yammer helps you engage employees across organizational groups, form communities and run cross-company initiatives. Community managers play a large role in creating and nurturing groups for these purposes. We want to empower community managers to make better decisions around their efforts on Yammer by helping them better understand the activity happening in their groups.

Over the past year, we have made significant progress on helping Office 365 admins gain insights on how people are using Yammer in their organizations through the Office 365 Usage Reporting Dashboard, Office 365 Adoption content pack and Microsoft Graph reporting APIs. These reporting capabilities provide and extensive view into Yammer usage and adoption at the user, device and group levels.

This week, we are excited to release new group insights in Yammer, providing engagement metrics right within Yammer so that community managers and members can get a better understanding of their groups’ engagement and activity. This, in turn, will help better inform efforts to improve, grow or execute campaigns in groups.

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Accessible across your network

We have heard extensive feedback that managing a cross-organizational community oftentimes includes the efforts of stakeholders and champions with limited or no access to the information available in the Office 365 admin center. For that reason, insights for public groups can be accessed by anyone in your network by navigating to group actions from the group’s feed. Insights for private groups, however, are restricted to members of the group.


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People activity in your community

Yammer groups are open by default, allowing the knowledge and information created in them to benefit people regardless of their membership status in the group. Passive visitors may gain value from group conversations and apply the information elsewhere in their daily work. In fact, during early research we discovered that in addition to understanding group member activity, community managers find it beneficial to understand the activity of visitors who are not members of the group. This is why group insights break down activity for both group members and non-members.


With group insights, you get an overview of activity for the last 7 days, 28 days and 12 months. This will help you:

  • Know how many members and non-members are active in the group
  • Observe predominant activity – posting, reading or liking messages – of group members and non-members
  • Get a glimpse of how key metrics – for example, number of active people or the number of posted messages – have changed since the previous period

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Group activity over time

Group insights show you how posting, reading and liking activities are trending over time. These visualized trends illustrate the contributions of group members and non-members to activity in the group. Now, you can track engagement with content from campaigns or initiatives hosted in Yammer. Identify spikes in activity over the course of the year, month or week so that you can report back to leaders and optimize efforts.


Observe trends over timeObserve trends over time

All the data shown in group insights is available for download on a per-day basis for the last 24 months, which is particularly useful if you want to plot your own trends over a custom timeframe.

To see a demo of group insights in action along with other community management tools available for Yammer, we encourage you to watch our session Introducing new tools to measure and build your Yammer communities from Microsoft Ignite 2017.

To get more details on group insights in Yammer, please check out our support article.

We are excited to see how you use group insights to better nurture your communities in Yammer. We will continue to evolve group insights using the great feedback from customers and partners.

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