Tom Talks Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365 Collaboration news and opinions

AuthorTom 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.

Microsoft Teams Collab and Chat VDI support, Install into Program Files directory with manual client update

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is virtualization technology that hosts a desktop operating system and applications on a centralized remote or cloud server. The user logs in via a VDI client machine. Technically, you have been able to run Microsoft Teams desktop client (Electron) in a VDI environment for some time, as long as you turned off all the audio/video/media functionality. However...

Meeting Migration Service converts Skype for Business meetings to Microsoft Teams meetings

Meeting Migration Service is an automatic service in Office 365 that could find Skype for Business Server meetings and replace them with Skype for Business Online meetings automatically when a user is moved from SfBS to SfBO. It can also add PSTN Audio Conferencing details if this service is added or changed. Now, that same service will be able to scan users Exchange Online calendar and change...

Automatic hiding of Microsoft Teams not visited in more than 45 Days

A month ago, I blogged about some naming convention changes in the Microsoft Teams UI, Favorite becomes Show, Remove Favorite becomes Hide, Follow and Unfollow becomes Notifications. I think this made a lot of sense. Depending on how you use Microsoft Teams as an organisation, you can end up being a member of many teams. For example, at Modality Systems, we take a 1 team per customer approach...

Safari Browser support for Microsoft Teams in preview

In February I blogged that Teams browser support was coming for Safari on Mac OS and iPad. Good news, it’s now in in preview. Thanks to Shawn Harry for the screenshot (I’m not a Mac user). It looks like it’s only working in Mac OS at the moment, not iPad, thanks Matt Ellis Reference: Known issue: While in preview, users may run into issues related to Safari’s Intelligent Tracking Prevention...

Latest CQD V3 (Call Quality Diagnostics) is now available to test in all Office 365 tenants

The Call Quality Dashboard (CQD) for Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business Online allows you to gain insights into the quality of calls made using Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business services. The current CQD (CQD v2) is at . CQDv3 is at the new URL: Ignite 2018 session BRK3169, Understanding calling usage and diagnosing call failures in Microsoft Teams (recording, blog), gave some good...

Kaizala will become part of Microsoft Teams

About Kaizala Microsoft Kaizala is similar to Whatsapp  (but with some clever additional features). It’s a mobile first (iOS and Andorid and now a web app) group chat app, where anyone can join any group and identity is tied to phone numbers. Kaizala is focused on mobile first/only workers, more common in developing countries that may not have lots of PC’s and fixed internet connections, but do...

In Teams Only, Skype for Business always prompts Join Meeting Audio choice

When a user moves into Teams Only mode, the Skype for Business client becomes a “Meeting Join Only” client, meaning it can join meetings but is no longer a calling or instant messaging client. This is how it launches: And if you click “Start Skype for Business” you get a client that only shows history and upcoming meetings: If you join a meeting from the meeting tab or, more likely, from a link...

Scheduling a Skype for Business Meeting in Teams Only Mode with Skype for Business Web Scheduler

Update: Chris Hayward totally beat me to this blog but I missed it, check out his blog here. Great blog to follow. When you put a users account into Teams Only mode, they can only schedule Teams meetings from Outlook: This is the expected behaviour and should be fine, but there is a little workaround if for some reason you needed to Schedule a SfB meeting. Skype for Business Online Web Scheduler...

Tom Talks Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365 Collaboration news and opinions