Teams Open Federation

With Microsoft Teams, there is an important difference configuring OPEN FEDERATION.

While in Skype for Business, it was a simple Option:
Off, Open with blocked Domains or Blocked with Allowed Domaind

In Teams, it is different.

Team Open Federation is activ by default !

Soon you are adding a "Allowed Domain", the Open Federation is revoked.
Only Federation with users in the allowed Domain list is possible !

Remove all Allowed Domains in Teams Admin Portal

Different with Blocked Domains, here the Open Federation will be kept, but blocked Domains are expluded from Federation!

In Teams Admin Portal, you will find the Statement About Federation.

External access lets your Teams and Skype for Business users communicate with other users that are outside of your organization. By default, your organization can communicate with all external domains. If you add blocked domains, all other domains will be allowed but if you add allowed domains, all other d…

Teams Phone System with Office 365 Premium

With Teams you can add PSTN Calling. 
Making Teams a high end telephony system. 

Microsoft offer different opportunities in Cloud licensing.
If you are less then 300 user in your company, you can chose from Office 365 Business in Essential or Premium. If you want to include. eg. Windows 10, you can chose Microsoft 365 Business.

Now there are two options available in Teams:

Audio Conferencing Add-On - allowing to dail-in and -out from audio conferences
Phone System Add-On - allowing to receive and place calls into the public PSTN

Within the different plan from Microsoft on Office 365 E5 and Microsoft 365 E5 both options a included.
In all other plans not, like E1, E3 or Business

in all Business plans, the above mentioned Add-On cannot be included. You must change the plan to Enterprise!

I honestly don't know why is requirement exists, but you have to be in an Enterprise Plan.

You will find the Microsoft statement here:…

Private Channels in Microsoft Teams

Creating and managing Teams Private Channels:
After waiting for some time, we finally have Private Channels in Teams.

Upon creation a new Channel, you will have to choose the way how the channel should be created.

Private Channels are NOT for a Channel-Only approach. The private channel can only be limited on team members, which are part of the larger Team, the upper hierarchy.

Everyone in the Team has access

Accessible only to dedicated groups or users

Once the new Channel is created, you have to define the groups/ users who access will be granted to

The Private Channel has "lock" symbol next to the channel name:

All about ADOPTION:
With Private Channel, a diverse discussion appeared, if those are necessary.
In the mining of user adoption and compliance, this question has to be answered with a clear YES.

I give a few examples how and where you could use Private Channels in a most successful way.

Example1:Teams with a variety of Team leaders. Imaging you have Sales…

Moderating Teams Channels

Working with Moderated Channels in Teams:Beside of the upcoming Private Channels, in Teams you can control channel and messaging/ collaboration in multiple ways.
The optimal control what a channel shall be for, is found under Managing Channel. You want to be able in the sense of Teams Adoption controlling (other words: optimizing) collaboration. 
A channel can have multiple functions:  Information Channel  Information Channel with dedicated feedback  Moderated Channel  Controlling behavior of Guest  BOT or CONNECTOR controlled Those options provide us with a greater flexibility in optimization of Teams Usage. It will drive best user experience and archive an optimal approach for Business Processes and Information Flow within a Collaboration Platform.
First you have to create a channel within the Team:

After its creation, select the Manage channel option.

The configuration windows start with controlling Guest behavior. You can restrict Guest from starting proactively a conversation.

Next, if you tu…

DnA User Group Objectives

if you are in Microsoft Teams and want to learn how to develop BOT's and APP's in Teams, you are welcome. We focus together with Microsoft Product Group strongly in this area. We talk about coding and business oriented developments.
How you can customize Teams optimizing your companies business flows and processes.
We are all Microsoft MVP's helping you and guide you through the life cycle.
Talking and teaching development and Business Process Modelling.

We are located in Munich :)

The kick-off was great and we have decided what we will develop jointly as open source publish in GitHub: a corporate menu plan asking the BOT/App about kcal and health, as well a nutritionBuilding proactive Lunch Buddies the Lunch Buddies are, where the App proactively ask workmates by popups, joining together the lunch time. Building synergy and helping solving diversity issues in companies.

Our GitHub:

Find Time with Microsoft Teams Meeting (Online)

If you have to schedule meetings with external resources and you or your assistant needs to poll a slot with different external people, where you can't use Exchange Fee&Busy, Find Time is the solution making your planning effort efficient and successful.

Open and login with your Office 365 credential.

For here you follow the illustration below:

Finally, if all participants voted, you can schedule the final meeting and you can be sure that more invitees join the meeting you have carefully planned.

Efficient Search in Teams

In Teams it is possible to narrow down you desired search results.

You can use the forward-slash "/"
Once you start typing / it provides you with the search capabilities, as illustrated.

For best user adoption, try playing with this feature.