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Microsoft Teams User Tip #9: How Long Can You Edit a Reply or Conversation?

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A nice feature of Microsoft Teams is the ability to Edit a Chat response, but users should be aware that the ability to edit a response (s new chat conversation or reply) seems to expire after a certain amount of time has passed.

It appears from my testing (and I am not 100% sure) that responses dated today can be edited and after they are no older than that they can not be edited.

  • It does not seem to be triggered by a reply from my testing

So as long as not too much time has passed you can edit as often as you wish. The chat will show a little pencil (shown below) to indicate that it has been edited by the original contributor. Unlike Facebook you cannot see the edit history.

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Enjoy Microsoft Teams!

To see more Microsoft Teams User Tips:
http://windowspbx.blogspot.com/search/label/MicrosoftTeamsUserTip

[Video] Learn Microsoft Teams in 5 Minutes:
http://windowspbx.blogspot.com/2016/11/learning-microsoft-teams-in-5-minutes.html

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Microsoft Teams User Tip #7: Working on Multiple Conversation Edits Simultaneously

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What happens if you are working on multiple replies at the same time in Microsoft Teams?

In the example shown above I have started replies to multiple threads and started a new conversation and haven’t hit enter yet. The question could be, how persistent are these unfinished edits?

From my testing:

  • The edits persist between moves between teams
  • The edits persist even if you exit the Microsoft Teams app and start it again
  • The edits do not persist if you move to another PC and sign in with the same user.

The ability to work on various responses is nice and makes sense if you think about Skype for Business conversation tabs. Nicely it adds functionality on top of the Skype for Business instant message paradigm in that you can have multiple threaded replies to the same contact/team member.

Enjoy Microsoft Teams!

To see more Microsoft Teams User Tips:
http://windowspbx.blogspot.com/search/label/MicrosoftTeamsUserTip

[Video] Learn Microsoft Teams in 5 Minutes:
http://windowspbx.blogspot.com/2016/11/learning-microsoft-teams-in-5-minutes.html

Microsoft Teams User Tip #6: Searching Messages & How Exact Matches Work

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There are 3 over arching objects you can search:

  • Messages
  • People
  • Files

In this article we will focus on “Messages”, and specifically how search term matches work.

I have noticed that when you search for partial text, it is a bit hard to know when Microsoft Teams will return results. For example: We know that the term “Distro” is mention in a team. When we search for “distro” 1 result is shown as we would expect.

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But now lets search a partial term, for example, “distr”. Will Microsoft Teams show a result? Let’s find out.

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But what if we search for the very well known term “New”. Will Teams only return exact match (new) or will it return inexact matches when the term “new” is contained inside another term? (for example: will it return searches where “new” is inside “news”? Sure enough, it does! (see below)

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So what is happening here? Perhaps well known terms can be found even when a subset of another string?

This could be confusing for searching. Generally as we teach users we tell them to search for a shorter string to make sure more results are returned, but the way Teams search works following this advice will potentially return no results. At this time the guidance for searching Teams messages seems to be:

  • If it is a well known term, use the shortest term (it will find the string inside other strings)
  • If it is a less known term beware: it needs to be an exact match

If anyone has any more insight on how search is supposed to work, I would have interest.

Enjoy Microsoft Teams!

To see more Microsoft Teams User Tips:
http://windowspbx.blogspot.com/search/label/MicrosoftTeamsUserTip

[Video] Learn Microsoft Teams in 5 Minutes:
http://windowspbx.blogspot.com/2016/11/learning-microsoft-teams-in-5-minutes.html

Microsoft Teams User Tip #5: When Is the “User is typing” Indicator Shown?

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Sometimes it is nice to know if the other user you are in a chat with is replying right now. It appears that with Microsoft Teams you will get a notification of “User is typing” (as shown above) only if you are in a “Chat”, that is, a one to one chat as opposed to a conversation in a “Team”.

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If you are following a chat in a “Team” you will not see a “[User] is typing” indicator, you will just see “New Message[s]” as shown above.

Enjoy Microsoft Teams!

To see more Microsoft Teams User Tips:
http://windowspbx.blogspot.com/search/label/MicrosoftTeamsUserTip

[Video Training] Learn Microsoft Teams in 5 Minutes:
http://windowspbx.blogspot.com/2016/11/learning-microsoft-teams-in-5-minutes.html

The Next Gen Skype Meetings: No Sign-Up, No Client Meetings

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Microsoft keeps rolling out new features in the Skype product and I just got a moment to play with some of the new Skype meeting features, which are quite impressive. The features I will underscore:

Frictionless Meetings with No Sign-Up/Login Whatsoever Directly from a Browser

Just go to www.skype.com and click on “Start a conversation” (Note: make sure you are not logged into your Microsoft account to see pure guest functionality.) Type in a name for yourself, and the meeting is in progress.

Nice Chat/Audio/Video Meeting Functionality…Without a Login

From playing with it the functionality seems quite nice. The guest user who sets up the meeting is the Admin and can do quite a bit:

  • 1-name the meeting
  • 2-Just give anyone an URL and they can join without a login as well
  • 3-toggle whether you want to hear notification on each IM
  • 4-make chat history available for new joiners
  • 5-Easily toggle allowing new people join (toggling this off means no one can join while it is off, but as soon as you toggle it on the original join URL works again)
  • 6-remove a user from the group/meeting
  • 7-change the picture for the meeting

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What is the Capacity?

I was in a meeting that Tom Warren started and noticed that at that time there were 499 participants! (I noticed on the webpage I would get some script timeouts, not sure if my pc needs a reboot or not)

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Note, the above was a chat (instant message) meeting only.

Edge Browser Seems to Need No Plugin for Audio/Video

IE and Chrome do.

How to Easily Avoid Joining Using the Skype Client?

Just cancel the browser request to use the Skype client

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Then click “Join Conversation” on the web page

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What Collaboration Methods are supported?

  • Video
  • Group Chat
  • Voice
  • Share Photos and Files
  • Send Emoticons & Mojis

Note: Desktop sharing is not supported.

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Conclusion

I’m impressed. It would be quite cool to have an API where you could do an http post and give your name and it would return the meeting URL. But in any event, this is nice functionality.

Try it yourself in a minute: Just go to www.skype.com and click on “Start a conversation”…