Microsoft Teams and Office Group Are Not Synced

Imagine a scenario that
You create Microsoft Team, which does the magic of offering full collaboration in no time (I super love it). Microsoft Team is based on Office 365 Group so it does get an email address like this

The beauty of this Group is that you can start sending the emails directly to this group and you can leverage Outlook App to start conversation with the members who are part of the Group. Yes I said GROUP and I didn’t say Team though I created Microsoft Team.

Yes this is what I’m trying to explain, Microsoft Team does not show the conversation which is done using the Group which was created by Team. To start the conversation you need to create a new Chanel, and then either use App or Desktop client or send email directly to that Channel to appear in the Conversation in that particular Team,,,, i know is sounds complicated 🙂 – Is there fix .. not now may I’m sure very soon. 

 

Read my previous blog post why this can (Microsoft Teams) be a No Go in a large enterprise
http://www.exchangeitpro.com/2017/05/09/microsoft-teams-hello-microsoft-take-it-to-next-level/

 

Microsoft Teams – Hello Microsoft Take It To Next Level

Microsoft Teams – Hello Microsoft Take It To Next Level

I will keep this post short and to the point because if you want know more about Microsoft Team you can search about it. I’m writing my experience about Microsoft Team which very minor issues but how it can go to the next level which is related to a BIGGER ISSUE and A PROBLEM.

 

So what about minor ones?

If you notice this is a taskbar in MacBook and you can there is email notification for outlook but all the way on the right corner there is Microsoft Team’s and it does not show me any notification whenever there is updated related to a chat or calendar invite or anything. It does not show any notification.

The OTHER minor issues it that, now you can see all your Office Group in the Outlook App on your mobile device (I’m using iOS) but all the management/administration feature such as Add/Remove the member I still can’t do that from the Outlook App and still dependent on Groups App, wish it were managed by the same Outlook App.

 

The MAJOR Issue

It may not be a major issue for so many of you but I can say this will not work in any large enterprise organization because it will be stuck to security and it may not be compliant. Here is the thing. If are using Microsoft Team in your tenant and you Tenant for example has primary domain name as techiesonly.com , the channels in the team are mail enable and if you look at their smtp alias they are not the same as your tenant. I’m sure you know what I’m saying here. You channel conversation is routed via email using a different email route and email alias somewhere in the cloud and then coming back to your conversation history. Though your Microsoft Team is built on Office Group (a exchange mailbox) but your conversation are somewhere in the cloud and There is no information available on the that is a question. I’m sure Microsoft will address that and fix it soon.

 

 

 

My Talk At Microsoft Cloud (Azure & Office 365) | NYC User Group

This month I will be speaking at MS Cloud NYC User Group in NYC. Join me if you interested in learning about digital workplace and new tools for collaboration in Office 365. For more details checkout one of the following links

 

 

Meetup- https://www.meetup.com/msftcloud/events/238180442/

Eventbrite – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-exploring-groups-in-office-365-tickets-32589961452

Last months event – http://www.nyexug.com/upcoming-meetings/february-14-2017-meeting/

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is time to upgrade – End of life Exchange 2007

Exchange 2007 End of Life Roadmap

Do you know that April 11 2017 is the date when Exchange 2007 will no longer be supported by Microsoft.

If you haven’t already begun your migration from Exchange 2007 to Exchange 2016 or Office 365 now’s the time to start your planning.

What does End of Life mean?

Exchange Server, like almost all Microsoft products, has a support lifecycle during which we provide new features, bug fixes, security fixes, and so on. This lifecycle typically lasts for 10 years from the date of the product’s initial release, and the end of this lifecycle is known as the product’s End of Life. When Exchange 2007 reaches its End of Life on April 11, 2017, Microsoft will no longer provide:

  • Technical support for problems that may occur;
  • Bug fixes for issues that are discovered and that may impact the stability and usability of the server;
  • Security fixes for vulnerabilities that are discovered and that may make the server vulnerable to security breaches;
  • Time zone updates.

Your installation of Exchange 2007 will continue to run after this date. However, because of the changes listed above, we strongly recommend that you migrate from Exchange 2007 as soon as possible.

Benefits of upgrading to Exchange 2016

Simpler and Better Server Architecture – Single Server Role
Better Collaboration
Saving files to OneDrive for Business
Uploading a file to OneDrive for Business.
Most Recently Used lists populated with both local and online files.
Office 365 hybrid
Messaging policy and compliance
In-place Archiving, retention, and eDiscovery
Improved performance and scalability
Auditing
Antimalware protection
Integration with SharePoint and Skype for Business

What are upgrade options?
#1-You can migrate to Office 365
#2- If you don’t want to migrate to cloud then you can upgrade to either Exchange 2010, Exchange 2013 or Exchange 2016.

I still have more questions, where do I get more details?
Follow this url – https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Exchange-2007-End-of-Life-Roadmap-c3024358-326b-404e-9fe6-b618e54d977d

 

 

#MSiGnite 2016 Post Keynote Day2 Sessions

The day 2 has just started and I’m going post more blog post but short post and it will cover the highlight to give you (readers) the idea what’s going here 🙂

The first session i attended was on Collaboration with Office 365. 
Speaker – Kady Dundas – and Dan Holmes

This Office 365 sessions explained how can an organization be more effective and productive leveraging features such as Office 365 Group/OutlookYammer, Smart File Attachment using OD4b. One of the most use case of Office 365 Group v/s Distribution Group where Distribution Groups members email back and forth and there no conversation history other than the mailboxes of the distribution group members and users end up using really all in some cases. Also a tedious task if someone new joins the team, Office 365 Group solves that issue.

Office 365 groups were also covered #Millennial , where these groups can be leveraged for contractor and Millennial , since Millennial like social networking and Office 365 are work very well with Yammer too.  Office 365 Group can be configured Public and Private.

Smart attachment of a document using OD4B, Document co-authring and Chat feature in the document (possible with Skype) and Sharepoint Dashboard were also the part of this session. I’m not sure if this event is going to be repeated and if not then watch a recorded session

http://ignite.microsoft.com

Collaboration with Microsoft Office 365

 

Removing Add-ins from Outlook in Office 365 – 3rd Party Data Sharing and your corporate network

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In my last post I’ve talked about installing the 3rd party Add-ins in Outlook for Office 365. As I said there are many Add-ins from embedding google search into Word, printing email as a PDF etc. I’m more concerned about Add-ins in #Outlook because you don’t what these 3rd party reads your data , I mean your email data unless you read each 3rd part’s privacy terms and condition. So if you are concerned about security like me or dealing with a an enterprise environment then these add-ins may not work you. some of them will such as Bing , Google but printing email as print etc may not work.

So I’ll walk through here removing these add-ins

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If you notice that Uber add-ins is not there.

 

Announcing Exchange ActiveSync version 16.1

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Microsoft Exchange has just announced support for EAS Protocol version 16.1 on their blog.

They have introduced three new major capabilities

  1. Improved Keyword Search – Get quicker, more relevant results when searching your inbox. Clients can now perform Keyword Query Language searches (from, to, subject, etc.) by using the new Find command.
  2. Propose New Time – Users have asked for the ability to propose a new time for a meeting while on the go, and we have added full support for new time proposals in EAS 16.1.
  3. Account-Only Remote Wipe – Administrators can now request clients using EAS 16.1 to wipe only Exchange data from a user’s device.

Customers with their mailbox in Office 365 can take advantage of these new features when their favorite EAS client is updated.

How do you know your mailbox is supported with the new EAS Protocol?

As an end user, how can you tell if your mailbox is enabled for EAS version 16.1? The simplest way is to run an “Exchange ActiveSync” test at https://testconnectivity.microsoft.com and look for version 16.1 listed as one of the supported protocol versions (MS-ASProtocolVersions header in the OPTIONS command response) in the test results. Note that you need a valid Office 365 email address and password in order to run that test, and the results are specific to that mailbox only (not the entire tenant).

Checking EAS Version using Exchange Remote Connectivity Analyzer

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If you see here (above), it show that the my mailbox has the EAS 16.1 version.

How to Check EAS 16.1 on you Mobile Device? 

In my case I’m using iPhone 6.0, and the app below shows that these capabilities are available.

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Outlook APP

If you only OWA APP for Exchange is capable of doing these new feature. Outlook App and iOS default Exchange and Outlook can’t perform these features. I believe #Apple will have to support it. But i wonder why only one OWA APP is supporting EAS 16.1 and why not Outlook APP.

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In my opinion it would have been  perfect if it supports the native client on iOS which dominate most of the mobile market. I’m not sure about Windows Phone and Android Phones. I believe Apple will get it fixed while I still have to hear from someone if these new capabilities are possible on Windows Phone.

Microsoft Blog URL for EAS 16.1 

And this is how you can also verify your EAS Version of you mailbox using Office 365 Admin Panel

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