Microsoft is about to roll out new features for Teams.
You likely saw last week that Microsoft introduced new backgrounds for meetings, likely to combat Zoom’s popularity. Microsoft really needs to add more than 4 people on screen at one time, but we hear this is coming soon.
New features coming this April:
Raise hands in meetings – I hope this extends to live events so we can have more than one person on screen able to grab control
End meeting for all participants – this has just been release
More settings for organizers once a meeting is in progress
Downloading of a participant report once a meeting has finished
New policy to enforce lobby settings for external users
New policies around creating and joining meetings. You will be able to stop everyone being able to create meetings. If the user does not have the create meeting option, when they join meetings the meeting will not start until someone with this privilege joins
And finally coming for May 2020 we have more than 4 people on video within a Teams meeting.
We are increasing the number of participants who can be viewed simultaneously on the Teams meeting stage from 4 to 9. This new experience optimizes for attendees who have enabled video and places the remaining audio-only participants below the meeting stage. To provide a high audio and video quality experience, the layout logic will consider user bandwidth and alter the number of videos shown to provide the best meeting experience. We’ll be gradually rolling this out to customers near the end of April and expect the rollout to be completed in early May.
If you have created teams or channels in Microsoft Teams, you likely know this creates Office 365 groups. Many other Microsoft products in the 365/Azure space create Office 365 groups. This is Microsoft’s new group which allows great flexibility across services.
However, if you have ever decided to delete a Sharepoint site or Microsoft Team, you will find you cannot create another team or site in its place. You will receive an error saying this group still exists.
This is because the group was delete as a ‘soft delete’. Meaning it’s sitting in a recycle bin for a number of days until it’s permanently deleted.
You can speed up this process. The easiest way to do this is to connect via Powershell and run the following commands
Run the following command if you don’t have AzureAD installed
Once these commands are completed, you can check Azure Active Directory by going to https://aad.portal.azure.com. Select Azure Active Directory and try to delete it. You will get something like the following. In this case, once the licenses have expired (these we removed 12 hours ago) you will be able to delete the tenancy.
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