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How to create a team in Microsoft Teams

In this post, we’ll take a look at how you can quickly create a team in Microsoft Teams.

What is a team?

A team in Microsoft Teams is the top-level container for channels within the “Teams” tab. As the name suggests, it typically represents a bunch of people working together towards a common goal such as a project or shared interest.

Channels are contained within a team, and allow for specific topics of conversation & collaboration. For example, you may have a ‘Sales & Marketing’ team that has the following channels each of which can be made public or shared privately:

  • General
  • Monthly Reports
  • Celebrations

Behind the scenes, when you create a team a Microsoft 365 group is also created in Azure Active Directory. Upon team creation, a new SharePoint site is created (or linked, if your team is an existing Microsoft 365 group) that in time will hold your channel’s documents and files.

How can I create a team?

Note: If you’re not seeing the ability to create a team as shown below, your organisation admin may have restricted the ability for employees to create new teams.

  1. Open the Microsoft Teams app, or the web interface if you don’t have it installed
  2. At the bottom of the “Teams” column, click “Join or create a team”
  3. Click “Create a team”
  4. Choose “From scratch” to create a brand new team, or select “From a group or team” to use an existing Microsoft 365 group within Azure Active Directory. You can also select from a number of templates, including management of projects, events and employee onboarding. These templates include common channels and apps that relate to the type of template selected – for example, the onboarding template includes 4 channels by default – general, announcements, employee chat and training. It also installs 9 apps that Microsoft think are useful for onboarding teams, such as Bulletins, Employee Ideas and Milestones.
  5. Next you’ll be asked about the type of team you want to create. Each option has a brief description below the title, but in essence you can choose to create public teams (where anyone in your organisation can join, via the directory), private teams (people need to be invited to join) or org-wide (everyone in your organisation is automatically added)
  6. Lastly you’ll need to give your team a name.

Once completed, your team will show soon after. There may be a brief delay before it appears while Microsoft scaffolds the SharePoint site & provisions the team.

Can I delete a team?

Yes, assuming your administrator hasn’t restricted access & you’re an owner of the team. To delete a team, click the ‘…’ at the end of the team name and choose ‘Delete the team’.

Note that all channels, files, conversations, and the Microsoft 365 group itself will be removed, so be sure there’s nothing left that you wish to refer to at a later point before deleting.

Microsoft Teams Rooms Pro introduced

Microsoft has announced a series of changes for those using Microsoft Teams Rooms, including the addition of a new “Pro” plan.

The Pro plan offers a number of benefits over the free “Basic” plan, including:

  • Camera & audio AI enhancements to ensure an optimal experience for those dialling in to hybrid meetings. Includes features to make front row and automatic framing work optimally.
  • Addition of personal Teams meeting features like raise hand and live reactions
  • Ability to add a touch display to enable multi-user experiences such as shared whiteboarding
  • Enhanced management and security including remote configuration, analytics about devices and more

From the 1st September, Teams Rooms Basic is now included for free with the purchase of certified Teams Rooms devices. Up to 25 Basic licenses can be added to a tenant.

Microsoft Teams Linux client to be retired

Hacker News:

We will be retiring the Microsoft Teams desktop client on Linux in 90 days (early December).

We hear from you that you want the full richness of Microsoft Teams features on Linux such as background effects, reactions, gallery view, etc. We found the best way to act on this is to offer a Teams progressive web app (PWA) on Linux as a new feature of our current web client, which we’ll make available to our Linux customers in the coming months.

It doesn’t appear that this announcement has been made widely available by Microsoft yet. We haven’t received this message in the admin message centre within any of our Office 365 tenants.

Microsoft dropping the Linux app (powered via Electron) signals the end of a short life for the Linux client. It was the last desktop client to launch, after being made available as a public preview in 2019.

The company is going all-in on progressive web apps these days – even on Windows – so this isn’t the most surprising of decisions. The Windows Teams client is also moving away from Electron and will soon use Edge WebView2 on Windows – something not presently available on Linux.

Microsoft announces Teams App Camp

Microsoft 365 Developer Blog:

Teams App Camp is an on-demand workshop complete with videos and hands-on labs in which you’ll extend a simple web application to become a full-featured Microsoft Teams application, complete with a sample license service based on Microsoft’s Commercial Marketplace. It doesn’t assume any prior Microsoft knowledge. All the code is in vanilla JavaScript with no special tools. If you know JavaScript, you can learn how Teams apps work at their core and apply your learning to any environment and tool chain

As Microsoft continues to pursue app developers for the Teams App Marketplace, it’s great to see the company roll out more training modules to lower the barrier to entry. This latest initiative covers the basics of building a Teams app, and the various integration points available to developers.

With sessions broken down into labs and ‘extended’ labs, the App Camp documentation also goes into detail around monetising Teams apps, adding dialogs, meeting apps and more. There are two paths – A & B. A focuses on building a solution with Azure AD, and B builds a solution with a non-Azure AD identity solution.

Also worth noting that Microsoft is using the open source Material for MkDocs to host the App Camp documentation.

How to add a timer to Microsoft Teams meetings

Looking for a way to see how much time is left in your Microsoft Teams meetings? Read on to find out how you can easily see the time remaining using these Teams apps.

Read Meeting Navigator

This app is a game-changer for ensuring you’re running a successful and well-engaged meeting.

The in-meeting sidebar app shows the time remaining within the meeting, as well as giving you numerous statistics about engagement and time spoken.

It even boasts a transcription service, allowing you to read & share transcripts from your meetings if you’re unhappy with Microsoft’s transcription capabilities.

Aster

This app allows you to easily prepare for meetings, run meetings and then follow up on meeting outcomes post-event.

When it comes to running timers, rather than show one timer with the time remaining in the entire meeting you can start timers against each topic of your meeting agenda.

Showmaster

Need to show a countdown timer highlighting the time remaining before your meeting commences? Then this app is for you.

You can customise backgrounds, text, animations and more – meaning your employees or other team members won’t be bored while waiting for your live event to commence.


Seen any other apps for meeting countdown timers, or have a different way of tracking the time remaining within Teams meetings? Let us know in the comments.

Best podcasts about Microsoft Teams

Looking to stay up to date with the latest advancements with Microsoft Teams? In this article, we’ll list some of the best podcasts that cover Teams.

Microsoft Teams News

Link: Apple Podcasts

As the name suggests, this podcast – released monthly – takes a deep-dive into the latest Teams news. The team also take a look at emerging trends surrounding the Teams platform. On average episodes run for 30mins or less.

What’s New in Microsoft 365 and Teams?

Link: Apple Podcasts

This podcast takes a look at the latest new features in Microsoft 365 and Teams. Episodes are released fortnightly, and they tend to run for 25 minutes or less. The show is hosted by Microsoft adoption specialist Mark Thompson.

Teams On Air

Link: Apple Podcasts

There hasn’t been any new episodes of this podcast for many years (since 2018), but it remains one of the few official Microsoft sources for Teams insights. If video is more your thing, you can also watch episodes on YouTube.

Found some other podcasts about Teams that you’d recommend? Let us know in the comments.

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