If you have ever needed to track down the owner of a Microsoft Form, you likely have run into a dead end or a frustrating round of trial and error. Whether the Form was created for collecting data, creating a quiz for your Class Team, or some other reason I’m here to tell you there’s a better way to find some answers!Continue reading
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Intro To Microsoft Teams Live Events – Resources
As promised during my Live Events talks in 2020, here are companion resources to go along with the tips we discussed.Continue reading
Help! I Can’t Join a Microsoft Teams Channel Meeting!
As we have become more comfortable with the concept of working within a Team in Microsoft Teams, I see more and more people using Channel Meetings instead of the familiar meeting scheduled through an email client. With that transition, I have also saw an odd issue reported a few times recently that required a little investigation.
In the usual Channel meeting experience, members of the Team will see a post in the channel that the meeting was started in along with a “Join” button to participate in the action.
For the reported scenario, though, a Channel meeting is actively in progress however, someone (or multiple someones) report that they are unable to join. This issue goes beyond the usual challenges that we see with joining online meetings. In this case, we can see that the meeting has started but they do not even see a “Join” button in the channel to attempt to participate in the meeting.Continue reading
Quoted Replies in Microsoft Teams Private Chats
As Microsoft Teams continues to gain traction, and I find myself part of more 1:1 and 1:many chats in Teams I frequently see confusion about who is replying to which message in an active chat. This is much more common when the replies are flying at a frantic pace causing messages to lose context.
The Teams mobile app has a built in swipe function to quote a message and reply making it clear where the the reply is joined. Simply swipe right on a specific message and hit the reply button which will quote the message and start the reply dialogue:
When using the desktop app, though, quoting a reply is not as intuitive. It can still be done, and I use it often. Simply copy the text you’d like to quote, then start a new message with the ‘>’ character. This will initiate a quote box that you can paste the text into before replying.
As @TheVarnish made clear to me when I showed him, this isn’t exactly the same functionality that exists in the mobile app. I’ll give you the same advice I gave him 😊…there are plenty of uservoice requests for the functionality, and I would suggest you vote for the feature if it is something you’d like.
Who Attended My Microsoft Teams Meeting?
I hear the question all of the time, “how do I get a list of attendees from my Teams meeting”? The reasons vary from a teacher wanting to make sure all students attended class, a business needing to track attendees of a training, etc. So how can we get that list?
Grab an admin
While the functionality exists, you need to start with getting it enabled which requires either a Global Administrator in your Microsoft 365 tenant, or someone with the Teams Administrator role.
As of the time of this writing, it must be enabled via the Skype for Business Online PowerShell module. I would expect this to become a GUI option at some point though. After connecting to the SFBO module, enable the ability to download a roster by running:
Set-CSTeamsMeetingPolicy -Identity Global -AllowEngagementReport "Enabled"
Keep in mind that after running this command, it will take a little time before you start seeing the option in meetings…so take a nap, grab a beer, or just wait until tomorrow before you tell anyone to try it out.
It’s enabled so give me my roster!
Only the meeting organizer is able to download the roster, so other presenters or attendees won’t even see the option. The meeting organizer, though, will see the option below which is going to download a CSV with info about attendees. You will be able to see when someone joins, leaves, etc. Additionally, there is a timestamp of the time the person joined.
This is a great addition that I’ve heard asked about many times, but there are some gotchas. I expect there to be improvements as time goes along so stay tuned!
GOTCHA #1: If someone joins the meeting prior to the organizer, the join timestamp currently shows the same time that the organizer joins. I don’t see that being a big issue in the majority of cases but just be aware.
GOTCHA #2: This is only giving you the roster of who joins or leaves while the organizer is in the meeting. If someone joins and leaves before you arrive you won’t capture them in the log.