Initial quirks with Microsoft Teams

In my first day with Microsoft Teams I’ve found a few quirks that I thought were important to share.

Skype for Business integration

Integration between Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business is only available in Office 365. So if you are using Skype for Business Server – no integration for you. Come back, one year! (No, probably not that long. Seinfeld joke.)

Integration with Office 365 Groups

This can only be done at the time of Team creation – you cannot link to an existing Office 365 Group after the Team has been created.

Select your team, and away you go:

Accessing files from Office 365 Groups

You would think that Files would show the files that are stored inside the now-linked Office 365 Group, but no.

Because Groups and SharePoint Team Sites are now integrated you need to add a SharePoint site:

From there you can then select the Document Library within the Team Site, and the files will now show up under the SharePoint tab:

Can’t find existing Plans

This is the bit that frustrates me the most, and hopefully will be addressed before Microsoft Teams goes to General Availability (remember, it’s currently in Public Preview) – even if the Team is connected to a Group, it doesn’t seem to find the associated plan from Planner. Instead you are prompted to create a new plan:

More quirks as I find them. Hopefully some of these get ironed out. If you’re experiencing something different (with the Planner integration specifically) please let me know in the comments.

Touching Office 365 with the Surface Hub

Using touch with Office 365 is nothing new – we could do that on our Surface (and other touchscreen) devices for quite some time.

But nothing compares to doing that on a life-size screen like on the Surface Hub. Yesterday I wrote about my first experiences with the Surface Hub now that it had been installed in our office, so it was time to start coming up with practical applications in the Office 365 world.

Microsoft has been working hard over the years to make the entire Office suite touch-enabled to suit all form factors of devices, and all modalities of working. While I’ve enjoyed this on a Surface Pro 1 through to my current Pro 3, as well as Windows 10 Mobile, Android tablet and iPad – I wanted to see what this would be like on the Surface Hub.

The below Sway presentation shows our experiment – starting from a 1:1 session to a group call, and going through a number of different applications.

We chose to focus on the applications that were most visually appealing:

  • Delve & Delve Analytics
  • SharePoint
  • Sway
  • Planner
  • Power BI (not shown)

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