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Microsoft 365 Virtual Marathon and Microsoft 365 for crisis communication resources

Microsoft 356 helps you communicate from anywhere. Today, the Microsoft 365 Virtual Marathon online event starts and I show different services like the quick to use crisis communication SharePoint site the Microsoft Health Care Bot service and more. Check out the Microsoft 365 Virtual Marathon and see how to start with these two services here.

Get the daily Bing picture as background in your Teams meetings automatically

The Microsoft Bing Search Engine provides a professional and beautiful picture every day, you can see it online at www.bing.com. With the Bing API, you can easily get the images for your own use, e.g. to use them as custom background image in your Microsoft Teams calls. See how this works and download the ready-to-use PowerShell script here.

Starting the WFH project at atwork

There is a lot of news about the worldwide spread of Covid-19 and the effects on all of us. In order to prevent a rapid spread, the usual life should be restricted. People should stay at home if possible and work should be done from home if possible. We at atwork Vienna decided today in the team to do home office in the next few days and possibly weeks. The cloud and tools such as Microsoft Teams make it possible. We will report here which technology works and what needs improvement.

Learn more about the Governance Toolkit 365 as an applied cloud story

The Governance Toolkit 365 (GT365) is a software-as-a-service solution that offers insights into a Microsoft 365 tenant and is part of the Microsoft Applied Cloud Stories initiative (#AppliedCloudStories). GT365 reads cloud data, stores the data and offers IT administrators monitoring and reporting functions to get a tenant overview at a glance, for example as a newsletter, in Power BI, as API or as a Bot that can be integrated in Microsoft Teams. The GT365 workloads are fully processed in Microsoft Azure using serverless computing. Here are some architectural insights on how to avoid throttling and how to use fan-out functions.

Bye bye, Skype for Business Online

Last summer, the Microsoft Teams team announced that Microsoft Teams will be the primary client for Intelligent Communications in Office 365, replacing Skype for Business Online over time. Well, time is running and Skype for Business Online will be completely discontinued in July 2021. See more here.

Join us at the Global Microsoft 365 Developer Bootcamp in Vienna!

We are excited to kick off the Global Microsoft 365 Developer Bootcamp in Vienna, Austria on November 27, 2019!

Having fun with IoT Flic buttons and Microsoft Flow

I just got a cute Flic button to play around with. It takes only some minutes to connect that IoT button to a connector and execute customs tasks. Well, as first step, I simply created a message in a Microsoft Teams channel. See the step-by-step instructions here.

How to convert your legacy Yammer Groups into Group connected Yammer Groups

Office 365 Groups bring a lot of advantages to a connected workspace within Office 365. For me they are like the glue between all different Office 365 Services. If you provision an Office 365 Group you get an Outlook Mailbox, a SharePoint TeamSite, Planner and much more. When you create a Microsoft Team, you create an Office 365 Group.
Yammer has the option to be Office 365 Groups connected as well. This article decribes how you can trigger the process on your terms.

Groups Governance Toolkit Part 4-Ownerless Groups

In this multi-part series we show you how to handle the Office 365 Groups and Microsoft Teams governance toolkit. The next article cover the governance part of our Groups Governance Toolkit.Imagine your company policy requires at least 2 owners per Office 365 Group or per Microsoft Team. In this part, we want to monitor all groups that are ownerless (orphaned), or do not comply with our organization's policies. The IT department shall get the information of all groups and teams where there are no owners or not enough owners and the possibility to fix that. Read below how this can be accomplished.

Groups Governance Toolkit Part 3-Develop Azure Functions

After the introduction of the Office 365 Groups and Microsoft Teams Governance Toolkit and with the necessary requirements we are now looking into Azure Functions. In our group and team provisioning scenario, we need a little code for provisioning of an Office 365 group and a Microsoft team. Serverless computing with an Azure Function provides the optimal solution for that. Follow these steps to create the function we need for our workflow.

Groups Governance Toolkit Part 2-Provisioning requirements

In part 1 of this series we described the scenario for our Office 365 groups governance toolkit. In this part we will setup a workflow for the Office 365 and Microsoft Teams provisioning. Workflows help to follow specific processes for a successful collaboration.
Offering self-services for users is a key to reduce workloads on the IT department and to allow users to cover their requirements quickly while the organization's policies are enforced during the process. A frequently asked request is how to provision a new Microsoft Team in Office 365 in a secure and monitored way. See how this can be implemented here.
To allow an app to create a Microsoft group or team programmatically in a workflow, we will use the Microsoft Graph API, Azure Functions and Flow or Logic Apps. With these technologies, we can create powerful workflows to offer a self-service for users to create a team when needed, approved by the manager and being provisioned with all the necessary properties and permissions.