My 2c on why there will not be a lightweight version of Microsoft Teams

Since the preview of Microsoft Teams, a number of people (myself included) have wanted a ‘lite’ version of the Microsoft Teams desktop client. Something that was effectively similar to the current Skype for Business experience, without all the other actual team bits.

The logic behind the ask is so that ultimately, organisations can switch to using the Microsoft Teams client faster – without having to prepare for or use the rest of what Microsoft Teams offers.

In a blog I wrote for AvePoint, I look at why this ‘lite’ client will probably never see the light of day.

Webinar on governance and compliance for education institutions using Microsoft Teams

While conducting research recently for the eBook I recently wrote for AvePoint as well as talking to education institutions on Office 365 as part of my day-to-day job, I became concerned by the lack of knowledge around Microsoft Teams as well as the amount of questions they had specifically around governance and compliance.

What do I mean when I refer to governance and compliance, as they can mean different things to different people?

From a governance perspective, I mean specifically control and management of the platform and its associated services & components. As Microsoft Teams sits on top of Office 365, which in turn connects to Azure Active Directory, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Planner – governance needs to stretch across these uniformly.

As for compliance; this is more around student safety. In a world where cyberbullying is a thing and the amount of incidents that don’t get reported, we need to rely more and more on services to help us by identifying and warning us of digital behaviours and actions that are of concern.

I believe that the two of these go hand-in-hand, in that doesn’t make sense to have a great provisioning and management system in place for Microsoft Teams when conversations are uncontrolled and issues can only be discovered after the fact. The same goes in reverse; you can observe and report on conversations if the platform itself is a mess.

For this reason I’ve put together a webinar in conjunction with Microsoft, AvePoint and Wiretap to explain the challenges and how they can be addresses; for considerably less than a single school incident. I encourage you to register here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/governance-compliance-for-microsoft-teams-in-education-tickets-49980174046