A team owner is a specific role with specific responsibilities, which should not be confused with an Office 365 Administrator. In this video, discover what a team owner can do and learn how to decide if this course is helpful to you.
- [Instructor] In this video, I want to clarify exactly what a team owner is. And very importantly, I want to clarify that a team owner is not the same as an administrator. First, let's talk about an administrator. If you are using the full version of Teams with a Microsoft 365 business or enterprise account, that means that somebody at your organization, your company, or your school is in charge of managing that organization's Microsoft 365 service. This is usually somebody in your company's IT department. Microsoft 365 administrators generally manage accounts. This is probably the person who set up your Microsoft 365 account to begin with. Administrators set rules and policies for the Microsoft services used in your entire organization, which means they can enable or disable specific features in Teams, among other things. But this course is not about administrators, so we can acknowledge all that and set administrators aside. This course is about owners in Microsoft Teams, which sounds similar, but are very different. A team in Microsoft Teams is a group of coworkers who can participate in conversation and file sharing together. And a team owner is the person in charge of settings for a specific team group. In the case of a private team, the owner controls who can be a member of the team. By default, the owner is the person who creates a team, but owner permissions can be granted to other people as well. So, while administrators have global control over many services in Microsoft 365, including policies for teams, it's the team owner who has direct control over a specific team group in Teams. There can be many team owners in Microsoft Teams and each team you are a member of may have a different owner. So, here I am in Microsoft Teams. I have the Teams category selected over here on the left side so you can see the list of teams that I am a member of. Now, I want to go to one of these teams. I'll find the name of the team and click the button with three dots, just to the right of the team name. And I'll go to where it says Manage Team. On this screen, I can see that Lea is listed as the owner for this team. She created the team, so she has control over it. But let's look at the different team. I'll go to this Web Design team and I'll click that button with three dots to the right of the team name to open this menu, go to Manage team here, and you can see that I am listed as the owner for this team. I created this team, so that gives me owner status. And to give you a little preview, I have tabs up at the top for Settings and Pending Requests, which you will only see if you're looking at a team where you are the owner. So, if you can do this and confirm that you are a team owner for one or more specific teams, this course is going to show you the settings, options, and member management tools you have available to effectively manage that team.