Hope all of you had a great 4th of July!

Just a quick post today, while we continue work on some bigger stuff.

Microsoft Teams has come up on social a lot lately. Some important information administrators should know, whether or not you use Teams now. So let’s recap.

External User/Guest Access: Still Waiting

First up – no, Teams didn’t get Guest Access in June. We’d all hoped for it, but a Microsoft rep posted on UserVoice to expect delays.

External Access and Federation – MicrosoftTeams.UserVoice.com

Teams Guest Access Status Update

Guest Access will allow non-Office 365 users to join your Teams channels. I commented the other day that this will end up as a make-or-break element for Teams adoption. Judging by the comments on this thread, it seems I was right. We’re already seeing comments like:

  • Too long of a wait, going with Slack.
  • We couldn’t keep waiting.
  • We have to move on.

I’d like to see Teams have a fair shot at the collaboration marketplace. But Microsoft’s delays aren’t helping anything.

Teams Education: 2 New Resources

Next, something nicer for new (or future) Teams users. Two educational resources have launched to help you get the hang of Teams: Microsoft Teams Education Resource Collection – Padlet.com. This one appears to focus on educational Teams use.

Microsoft Teams Survival Guide – TechNet. More a collection of existing resources really…but an extensive one.

License Auto-Adjust Rumor

Finally, I’ve heard a troubling rumor. I cannot confirm it yet, though I’m trying. If it turns out to be false (and I sort of hope it does), then I’ll remove this section from the post.

The rumor I heard involves Teams use changing your Office 365 license level.

Here’s the scenario alluded to. Person A is an Office 365 user with Teams (let’s say they have an E1 license). Person B is an Office 365 user, but doesn’t have Teams (they have the ProPlus license).

  1. Person A sends a Teams invite to Person B. Or shares some content from one of their Teams channels with them.
  2. Instead of Person A getting an error message, Person B’s Office 365 license changes. It self-adjusts to a level that includes Teams (e.g., Business Premium).
  3. Person B sees the Teams invite/share.
  4. Person B may not be aware of the license change…until they get the next bill.

Right now, Teams is included for these subscription plans:

  • Office 365 Business Essentials
  • Office 365 Business Premium
  • Office 365 Enterprise E1
  • Office 365 Enterprise E3
  • Office 365 Enterprise E5
  • Office 365 Education
  • Office 365 Education Plus
  • Office 365 Education E5

That leaves out:

  • Office 365 ProPlus
  • Office 365 Business
  • Office 365 Government (G1-G5)
  • Office 365 Home
  • Office 365 Personal
  • Office Home & Student 2016
  • Skype for Business Online Plans

(Granted, most of the users on these plans won’t see much of a need for Teams.)

Why the exclusion? It has to do with Exchange. Teams requires Exchange Online available in the Office 365 account. Microsoft requires it for adding connectors – links to external services, like Twitter or Trello.

Since those Office 365 plans don’t come with Exchange Online by default, Teams isn’t included either.

Again, I hope this was just a rumor. Maybe someone experienced a glitch and spread the word out of frustration.

If you have heard anything about this license auto-adjust, please comment and update me! I’d love confirmation, one way or the other.

If it’s false, then we can all breathe easy.
If it’s true, then it’s something we should all know about.

Until next time, everyone! I promise, we have some good Skype4B material coming up.

MS Teams Updates: Guest Access, Educational Resources, and a License Rumor
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