Microsoft Remote Work Solution Updates: Teams, Groups, Azure

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Microsoft’s Leading Remote Workforce Solutions: May 2020 Updates to Microsoft Teams, Office 365 Groups and Azure AD Application Proxy.


After COVID-19 hit, organizations both in the United States and around the world found themselves relying on remote workforce solutions more than ever before. In May 2020, Microsoft released important updates and new features across their remote workforce solutions -- Microsoft Teams, Office 365 Groups and Azure AD Application Proxy -- just in time for the major shift to remote work. JourneyTEAM, a Microsoft Gold Partner, introduced these key updates during their May 2020 Tech Insider Update, and in this blog, we will cover the most important and most recent updates from Microsoft to Teams, 365 Groups and Azure AD App Proxy.


Microsoft Teams


Microsoft Teams is an incredibly popular and useful remote workforce tool for group collaboration. Host meetings, chat with colleagues, share documents and so much more—from any location. The numerous updates to Microsoft Teams roll out automatically via the cloud, but you’ll want to know what has been added so you can take your Teams collaboration to the next level. Here are the latest Microsoft Teams updates in May 2020:

  • Don’t have the ideal home office setup? You can now blur your background (even on Apple devices) and upload custom background images.
  • Meeting participants can now raise their hand during meetings.
  • Want to know who attended a meeting you hosted? No problem. The latest update to Microsoft Teams makes it easy for you to download a list of attendees.
  • Speaking of attendees… as entire companies transitioned to exclusively remote workforces, Microsoft delivered increased call capacities. Now, up to 250 people can join a Teams meeting. Teams Live Meeting Events can now host up to 20,000 attendees. A max of 50 events at one time and 16 hours of broadcast per event make it possible for even the largest organizations to thrive remotely during COVID-19.
  • Chat capacity has also increased to 250 participants and if you posted across multiple locations, a simple edit to a chat will apply to all locations.
  • Live captions dictate the call conversation and are a helpful feature for both hosts and participants.
  • Hosts are able to end meetings for all participants. Guests Wait in Lobby and automated announcements when participants join or leave are other new features hosts will appreciate.
  • Team analytics are now available—see how often meetings are happening within any given Team you manage, chats, and more.


Some of these features are so simple, but they can make a huge difference in your organization’s day to day collaboration from home. Watch the full 4-minute video to learn about the latest Teams updates.



Office 365 Groups Updates


Microsoft recently rolled out key updates for remote workers that include:


  • Information protection and governance around Office 365 Groups via sensitivity labeling: 365 Groups users are now able to apply very specific policies around 365 Groups. They can classify Groups, implement confidentiality settings, allow and disallow certain functionalities and more.


  • Auto-provisioned workspaces: Forms Work Groups are now auto-provisioned workspaces as part of 365 Groups. Power Automate, formerly known as Microsoft Flow, also has a workspace tied to a 365 Group.


  • Address list changes: When you provision a Team, by default through the Teams application, that Team will no longer appear in your address list.


There are over 20 ways to provision a 365 Group—and half of these are not intuitive to the user. Not to mention, provisioning a group with all of your preferred settings in one place isn’t an option from Microsoft. This is why JourneyTEAM is developing a 365 Group Provision and Management Tool. Contact JourneyTEAM today to find out more about and get a free demo of this new tool.


In just two minutes, you can learn about the latest updates to Office 365 Groups in May 2020 from JourneyTEAM’s experts. Watch the video below:



Microsoft Azure Active Directory Application Proxy


Microsoft Azure AD Proxy is a top feature of Microsoft Azure Premium, and it has only gotten better for remote workforces during COVID-19 with these latest updates from Microsoft:


  • Inbound connectivity is no longer required to publish on-premises applications to the internet. Along with enhanced security, this feature integrates with Azure AD for single sign on (SSO), multi-factor authentication (MFA) and conditional access (CA).


If you have a remote workforce using VPN during COVID-19, we would be happy to discuss Microsoft’s recently published recommendations for VPN configurations. JourneyTEAM’s experts have deep experience with remote workforce tools and can help you get started with the best remote work solution for your organization today. Contact us to get started.


Watch this quick video discussing the latest updates to Azure AD Application Proxy:


Article by: Dave Bollard - Head of Marketing | 801-436-6636

JourneyTEAM is an award-winning consulting firm with proven technology and measurable results. They take Microsoft products; Dynamics 365, SharePoint intranet, Office 365, Azure, CRM, GP, NAV, SL, AX, and modify them to work for you. The team has expert level, Microsoft Gold certified consultants that dive deep into the dynamics of your organization and solve complex issues. They have solutions for sales, marketing, productivity, collaboration, analytics, accounting, security and more.


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