Manage Teams during the transition to the new Microsoft Teams & Skype for Business Admin Center

The new Microsoft Teams & Skype for Business Admin Center is coming soon!

Starting in March 2018, we're gradually migrating settings to the Microsoft Teams & Skype for Business Admin Center from both the current Skype for Business Admin center and the Microsoft Teams experience in the Office 365 Admin center. If a setting has been migrated, you'll see a notification and then be directed to the setting's location in the new Microsoft Teams & Skype for Business Admin Center.

We’ll continue to migrate other functionality from the Skype for Business Admin center in the coming months. You can stay up to date via our public roadmap.

Note

We’re rolling out the new Microsoft Teams & Skype for Business Admin Center in stages. As a result, all customers will not see the new Admin Center at the same time. We’ll notify you when you can start using the new Admin Center.

What is the new Microsoft Teams & Skype for Business Admin Center?

The new Admin Center experience will provide you with a unified experience to manage both Teams and Skype for Business. We’re delivering additional functionality, end-to-end insights, and the ability to manage Teams settings on a user level.

Screenshot of the Microsoft Teams & Skype for Business Admin Center.

Settings migrated to the new Microsoft Teams & Skype for Business Admin Center

Starting in mid-March 2018, the following capabilities were available in the new Microsoft Teams & Skype for Business Admin Center:

  • Microsoft Teams messaging policy: Create policy for user-level management of the Microsoft Teams client experience for Messaging scenarios.
  • Microsoft Teams upgrade policy: Configure the interoperability and upgrade experience between Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams. See, https://docs.microsoft.com/microsoftteams/migration-interop-guidance-for-teams-with-skype.
  • Microsoft Teams guest messaging settings: Control the messaging capabilities for guest accounts in Microsoft Teams.
  • Federation settings: Manage the federation between tenants for Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business.
  • User management: Assign policies and configure user accounts.
  • Audio conferencing: Configure dial-in numbers and settings for Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams.

Additionally, your existing settings for General, Email integration, Custom cloud storage, Calls and Meetings, and Messaging in Microsoft Teams have now been migrated to the new Microsoft Teams & Skype for Business Admin Center (also known as the new Admin portal).

Note

You’ll continue to use the Groups dashboard in the Office 365 Admin center for configuration related to Teams and channels. Settings for Apps will remain in the Teams area of the Office 365 Admin center and will be migrated later.

Screenshot of Teams page in the Office 365 Admin center.

With respect to the settings available in Settings by user/license type, it essentially provided a way to configure groups of users differently. Now, with the new Admin portal, you can do that on a per-user basis.

The license type setting will be migrated. If you’re currently using the Turn Microsoft Teams on or off for all users of this type setting to control access to Teams for users across SKUs, we will maintain your current configurations. However, you won’t be able to modify this setting in the new Admin portal. Instead, you’ll assign the appropriate licenses to users in your tenant via the Office 365 admin center. For more details, see Manage user access to Microsoft Teams.

The following table identifies the sections of the current Teams experience that have been migrated and shows the relationship between the current settings and the policies in the new Admin portal.

Section of Teams in Office 365 Admin center Setting name (Tenant level) Microsoft Teams & Skype for Business Admin Center policy Level: Tenant or User
General Show Organizational Chat in Personal Profile TeamsClientConfiguration Tenant
General Use Skype for Business for recipients who don’t have Teams TeamsClientConfiguration Tenant
General Allow T-Bot proactive help messages TeamsClientConfiguration Tenant
Email integration Allow users to send emails to channels TeamsClientConfiguration Tenant
Email integration Allow senders list TeamsClientConfiguration Tenant
Custom cloud storage Box TeamsClientConfiguration Tenant
Custom cloud storage Dropbox TeamsClientConfiguration Tenant
Custom cloud storage Google Drive TeamsClientConfiguration Tenant
Custom cloud storage ShareFile TeamsClientConfiguration Tenant
Settings by user/license type Turn Microsoft Teams on or off for all users Deprecated. Use Office 365 admin center to assign licenses.
Teams and channels Redirects to Azure Active Directory Group Management (Same as current experience). User
Teams and channels Redirects to AAD Group Management (Same as current experience). User
Calls and Meetings Allow scheduling for private meetings TeamsMeetingPolicy User
Calls and Meetings Allow Ad-hoc channel meetup TeamsMeetingPolicy User
Calls and Meetings Allow scheduling for channel meetings TeamsMeetingPolicy User
Calls and Meetings Allow videos in meetings TeamsMeetingPolicy User
Calls and Meetings Allow screen sharing in meetings TeamsMeetingPolicy User
Calls and Meetings Allow private calling TeamsCallingPolicy User
Messaging Enable Giphy so users can add gifs to conversations TeamsMessagingPolicy User
Messaging Content rating TeamsMessagingPolicy User
Messaging Enable memes that users can edit and add to conversations TeamsMessagingPolicy User
Messaging Enable stickers that users can edit and add to conversations TeamsMessagingPolicy User
Messaging Allow owners to delete all messages TeamsMessagingPolicy User
Messaging Allow users to edit their own messages TeamsMessagingPolicy User
Messaging Allow users to delete their own messages TeamsMessagingPolicy User
Messaging Allows users to chat privately TeamsMessagingPolicy User

Manage settings during the migration

You can continue to modify settings in the Office 365 Admin center and the Skype for Business Admin center until migration for a section is complete for your tenant.

The following table shows where you can manage features during the migration.

Feature Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business Admin Center Skype for Business Admin Center (legacy) Office 365 Admin center
Messaging policy X
Teams interop policy X
Guest messaging settings X
External access settings X
User management X
Audio conferencing X X
Calling plans X
Phone System X
Phone number management X
Licensing for Cloud voice features X
Auto attendants X
Call queues X

Manage settings after the migration

We’ll notify you after migration is complete for a specific section within Teams. At that time, you’ll be able to see your existing settings for that section in the Office 365 Admin center, but you won’t be able to make any modifications there. Instead, you’ll use the Microsoft Teams & Skype for Business Admin Center to manage the newly migrated settings.

When the migration of these settings is complete, we’ll disable them in the Office 365 Admin center and the Skype for Business Admin center.