Two Responses to Teams User Requests
Some interesting responses to customer requests have appeared on Teams User Voice recently. Apart from the first acknowledgement that Teams will add extra participants to the video view for meetings, now confirmed to be a 3 x 3 view with an expanded view coming, the Teams developers have moved to close off two irritations.
Block Teams Users from Changing Their Account Pictures
First, they’re bringing back the feature that existed in Skype for Business Online where the SetPhotoEnabled setting in the Exchange Online OWA Mailbox policy assigned to accounts controls whether users can change the avatar (picture) in Teams settings (Figure 1).
Although it might not seem a big thing to stop users updating their photos, changing the user picture in Teams creates a ripple effect as the picture is updated for all Office 365 apps.
Updating and Assigning a OWA Mailbox Policy
According to Office 365 notification MC209349, this change will roll out in mid-April. When the update is available in a tenant, if you want to block users from updating their picture, you’ll have to change the value for the SetPhotoEnabled setting to False in existing OWA mailbox policies. Alternatively, you can create a new OWA mailbox policy, update it with the setting, and assign it to selected mailboxes. Here’s how to update a policy and assign it to a mailbox:
Set-OWAMailboxPolicy -Identity "OWAMailboxPolicy-Default" -SetPhotoEnabled $False
Set-CASMailbox -Identity Kim.Akers -OwaMailboxPolicy OWAMailboxPolicy-Default
When the new policy is in place, users won’t be able to update their photo anywhere in Office 365 (for instance, in the Personal Info page).
Guest User Photos
Guest users don’t get to change their picture. However, administrators can do this by uploading pictures to guest user accounts. You can even use PowerShell to assign a default picture to all guests in a tenant.
Organizers Can End Teams Meetings
Teams meetings last until the last user has left the meeting (if the meeting is recorded, the recording lasts a maximum of four hours). I often forget to stop meetings that I organize and only realize the fact when I switch tenants (this automatically terminates calls).
Microsoft has recently satisfied the user request to allow organizers to terminate meetings. The request is:
People should not have to manually leave meetings in order for them to end. We have had several people forget to manually leave meetings, and the channel continues to show that a meeting is in progress when in fact it has ended.
On April 9, Microsoft announced that the ability for organizers to terminate meetings was being distributed to tenants. Organizers should see the End meeting option in the meeting menu now (Figure 2).
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