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Upcoming UK Skype for Business and Microsoft Cloud Events

Just a quick note to let you know about some upcoming events, hope to see you there!

Microsoft UC User Group London July 6th 2016: Skype for Business Cloud PBX UK PSTN Calling Hands On and Global SIP Trunking Success


The sun is shining (mostly) and it’s time for the summer instalment of Microsoft UC User Group London. There is plenty to talk about this time around, Microsoft PSTN Calling (Microsoft as a PSTN carrier) will be generally available in the UK in July, so we’ll spend some time going over exactly how this works, the licencing/costs and even a live demo of how to set it up!

We’re then going to dive a bit further into the carrier space, talking about SIP trunking at a global scale. We’ll be starting with the easy stuff, but then diving into the complex stuff like providing global services and considering more challenging locations like India and the UAE. Also how do you can connect SIP Trunking to both SfB Server and SfB Online Cloud PBX.

There has been a lot of news and updates since the last user group, so we’ll take some time to go over the latest.

We’ll then wrap up for the usual for beers around 8pm. Hope to see you there.


Microsoft Cloud User Group on July 13th at Microsoft’s London Paddington Office


6:30 – Ed Baker (Microsoft) – What is the Microsoft Cloud?

In this introductory session, Ed Baker will outline the background to Microsoft Cloud technologies and what services are available. From Azure to Office 365 and many more, learn how it is built managed and run.

7:00 – Ed Baker (Microsoft) – It’s all about the identity – Azure Active Directory

In this technical session, Ed Baker will present and demonstrate some of the features that make Azure Active Directory the backbone of Microsoft’s identity model. The ability to create a hybrid identity model and to take advantage of all the security Microsoft has to secure your identity and access management.

7:30 – Break/Pizza/Beers

8:00 – Adam Hand (Freedom Communications)– Enterprise Mobility Suite: Protecting your users and data
In this session I am to delve into what the Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) of products is and how this can benefit your organisation from Azure AD Premium features to Mobile Device Management, Mobile Application Management and Azure Rights Management.

8:30 – Graham Hosking (Microsoft) – Everything you need to know about PSTN Calling UK
Still using a traditional phone system? Come to this session to understand how Cloud PBX with PSTN calling works in the UK including: calling plans, porting your own numbers, certified devices and service agreements.

9:00 – Finish
Wrap up and head to the pub for more networking.


UC and Cloud Day 2016 – Monday October 24th The National Conference Centre near Birmingham


The world has changed. Microsoft Unified Communications is at the heart of millions of Office 365 implementations and provides a voice to millions of employees, bringing the world together and allowing people to work together seamlessly anywhere.

Planning, implementing and managing UC infrastructure needs the right skills and knowledge to get right, and the best way to learn is in-person from MVPs and world-renowned experts.

UC Day brings you the content and spirit of global conferences like MEC and Lync Conference, Azurecon, and updated sessions from Ignite to the United Kingdom at an easily accessible, award winning conference venue, located at the National Conference Centre – five minutes from Birmingham International Airport and Rail Station and at the heart of the UK’s road network.

Learn about Microsoft’s three core UC offerings, Skype for Business 2015 and Exchange 2016, and Office 365.  In addition, in 2016, we will be adding a brand new Azure track!

Network with your IT Pro peers – other customers, vendors and Microsoft partners on the day and arrive early and enjoy our pre-conference event on Sunday evening.

Conference tickets will be subsidised by our event sponsors and currently free. Join our Mailing list to ensure you don’t miss out on this event and receive further information about the pre-conference event, speakers and sessions as they are announced and discounts on the conference partner hotel.

About the author

Tom Arbuthnot

A Microsoft MVP and Microsoft Certified Master, Tom Arbuthnot is Principal Solutions Architect at Microsoft Collaboration specialists Modality Systems.

Tom stays up to date with industry developments and shares news and his opinions on his blog, Microsoft Teams Podcast and email list. He is a regular speaker at events around the world.


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