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Virtual Backgrounds for Video, 10,000 users in a team and PSTN join announcements coming to Microsoft Teams 2020 Q2

Virtual Backgrounds for Video (Background Effects) for Microsoft Teams For a long time in Microsoft Teams, we have had background blur, but a super popular feature in Zoom is to fully replace your background with a different image. This works without the need for a special green screen or any special equipment. This was announced as far back as Enterprise Connect in March 2019 and it looks like...

Microsoft Live Events Assistance Service, Remote Expert support from Microsoft

What are Microsoft 365 Live Events? Microsoft 365 Live events enable anyone to create a live video broadcast event with interactive discussion across event across Teams, Yammer or Stream for up to 10,000 attendees. Typical live events might be a company or division-wide leadership update. After the event, the video can be made available on demand. If an event is public, anyone who has the link...

Slack working on Microsoft Teams “calling features” integrations via Public APIs, what does that mean?

On a call with RBC analyst Alex Zukin on Thursday, Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield announced: “We’re working on Teams integrations for calling features,”. So what could it be? Microsoft hasn’t replied to any request for comment, but a Slack spokesperson said Slack will be delivering this integration using publicly available APIs (Thanks Mary Jo Foley). No timeline for the integration was shared. So...

Metaswitch Perimeta SBC certified For Microsoft Teams Direct Routing

At Microsoft Ignite last year we heard that Cisco, Ericsson, Nokia and Metaswitch were going to be added to the list of certified SBC vendors for Microsoft Teams Direct Routing. Now the first of those, Metaswitch, is officially certified. It requires firmware version 4.7 or higher in that major version. The certification granted to a major version. That means that firmware with any number in the...

Understanding Microsoft Teams Calling Plans

Microsoft Teams can be a real phone for users with a real phone number. To get this functionality you need 2 things The “Phone System” licence, which is available as an add-on licence or bundled in Office 365 E5 – This is the ability for the client to act as a phone A Phone number and PSTN connectivity (line and minutes). PSTN is the Public Switched Telephony Network or the telephony network...

Ribbon EdgeMarc Series certified for Microsoft Teams Direct Routing

Ribbons Intelligent Edge multi-service business gateways (MSBGs), which include the EdgeMarc 2900, 4800, 6000 and 7000 series, have all been certified for Direct Routing for Microsoft Teams.

The EdgeMarc devices provide SD-WAN in addition to VoIP and PSTN functionality.
Microsoft Teams Direct Routing Certified list here

New Satin codec coming to Microsoft Teams

Somewhat buried in a Microsoft Teams update blog, Microsoft announced their new in-house developed codec coming to Microsoft Teams in the coming months. A codec (the word is a  combination of coder and decoder) encodes and compresses data before it is sent and decodes received data. Microsoft says Satin, their new codec, will be able to deliver crystal clear wideband audio with as little as 7...

6 New features coming to Microsoft Teams this year

As part of a blog post talking about the 3 year anniversary of Microsoft Teams and 44 million daily active users, 6 new features coming later this year were announced. Want to stay up to date on Microsoft Teams news, check out my every other Tuesday email update here. Real-time noise suppression on meetings Microsoft is using AI technology on the meeting to remove background noise like a vacuum...

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