Tiago Costa blog

This blog was created for sharing knowledge for Microsoft Developers and Microsoft Certified Trainers about Office 365, Azure, SharePoint and .Net.

Microsoft Teams hits GA

Microsoft just released Microsoft Teams to all Office 365 tenants. Microsoft Teams is available in 181 countries and in 19 languages to customers with Office 365 Enterprise or Business plans.

Office 365 currently have around 85 million active customers that now can use Microsoft Teams to empower communication trough a new chat-based workspace.

What is Microsoft Teams?

Microsoft Teams is the new chat-based tool in Office 365. Microsoft Teams gives a brand new experience bringing people, conversations and content all together. Microsoft Teams is built on four core promises:

A chat infrastructure for today’s teams

Microsoft Teams bring a state of the art chat experience to modern teams. With Teams we get threaded and persistent chat to keep all team members updated regarding the team discussions. In GA Microsoft Teams is possible to do audio and video calling on the Android App. This feature is schedule to be available shortly in the IOS and Windows Mobile App. Now is more easy to add email conversations to the conversation under Teams, you can just email to a channel!!! 

Hub for teamwork

Teams today not only use chat but need to share documents have a quick voice of video call and even share some documents and emails directly on the chat system. It's now possible to Share documents and emails in the teams chat. Documents are still manage by SharePoint. You can add Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, SharePoint and Power BI workloads into Teams.

Customize Options

Not all teams work in the same way and the chat system should be able to customize to the way teams work. You can customize the team workspace with tabs, connectors and bots. You can integrate today you Team workspace with other systems like Visual Studio Team Services, SAP, Trello, ...  You can also use one of the many bots available now and you can also build your own bot using the Microsoft Bot Framework in order to accomplish your needs.

Security and Compliance

Usually teams share Highly confidential information that should not be release to the public or competition. Microsoft Teams supports global standards like SOC 1, SOC 2, EU Model Clauses, ISO27001 and HIPAA. Microsoft also added for GA audit log search, eDiscovery and legal hold.

To learn more about Microsoft Teams and how it works, join the Ask Us Anything session on the Microsoft Tech Community on March 22nd at 9:00 am (UTC-7).

Start using Microsoft Team today at: https://teams.microsoft.com/start

You can find more information on the following Microsoft Teams team posts:

Azure DevTest Labs: Set expiration date for new VMs from Azure portal

In Azure DevTest Labs, you can now set a Virtual Machine to expire on a specific date. You already could do this via ARM templates, but now this is possible via Azure Portal. 

How does the Expiration options works?

Basically, the VM will be deleted on the specific date that you have specified. This is a very valuable feature to save you money and time. Being a consultant, trainer and speaker in several conferences I need to create labs quite often to show some of the cool features of Azure / SharePoint and other Microsoft Products. Not one or two times that I have forgot to delete resources that I no longer need and only remember some days after. During this time, I get billed by something that I wasn’t using… Silly me!!!

But now when I create a new VM under Azure DevTest Labs I can just choose an expiration date and I don’t have to worry about being billed for something that I will not use.

You just need to select your Virtual Machine expiration date:

Cloud Pro PT Community Launch

Joining efforts with 4 other fantastic fellows: André Vala, Niko Neugebauer, Pedro Vala and Ricardo Costa, I have created a brand new Technical community in Portugal – Cloud Pro PT. This community will focus on Cloud Products mainly, but not only, in Microsoft Azure. We want to help share the knowledge and information about the cloud and how can we build better tools and services based on cloud services.


We will have our first community meeting on the 8th of February, 2017 – 18h30 to 21h30 at Microsoft Portugal Offices. In this first event, we will have a great speaker lineup: Jason Nadal (Microsoft Portugal) and Luis Calado (Microsoft Portugal).

This meeting is free but registration is mandatory to estimate the number of attendees. You should register at: https://www.eventbrite.pt/e/bilhetes-cloud-pro-pt-meeting-1-31525840638

You can also join our Facebook group and follow our Twitter account.

SharePoint 2013 Developer exams – New retirement dates

Microsoft will extend the retirement date of the following SharePoint 2013 exams:

  • 488: Developing SharePoint Server 2013 Core Solutions
  • 489: Developing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Advanced Solutions       

Both of these exams should retire on March, 31, 2017, but Microsoft extended the exams until July 31, 2018, so given or take if you haven’t take those exams you have 1 year and 4 months more to take then. SharePoint 2013 is still highly used in companies and we don’t have any SharePoint 2016 developer exam released, so this is a wise decision by Microsoft.

BUT!!!!! Attention, this will not impact on the decision of removing the MCSD: SharePoint Applications certification. If you still plan to get this certification you still have only until March, 31, 2017 (so, less than 3 months) to take the 4 necessary exams.

The 488 and 489 exams are still elective exam for the new MCSD: App Builder Certification