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 Direct Routing Media Bypass Now Available

Good news, Media Bypass is now available for Microsoft Teams Direct Routing. Direct Routing allows you to connect your own Session Border Controller and PSTN Carrier to Microsoft Teams for user phone numbers. Media bypass enables you to shorten the path of the media to go directly between the end user and the Session Border Controller, instead of sending it via the Microsoft Phone System. for...

Naming Microsoft Teams Private Chats, even multiple chats with the same people

Thanks to David Rosenthal, Senior PM in the Microsoft Teams Product Group for this tip. In Microsoft Teams you can create a “private chat” with up to 50 people. Usually chat is used for more short/ad-hoc communications and Teams and Channels are used for more project/topic specific conversations, however, you might have a need to communicate to multiple people in a chat on a particular topic, or...

Disable Mute Unmute noises and Toasts in Plantronics Hub

I use a couple of great Plantronics headsets, mainly the Voyager 8200 and Voyager 5200 UC. I use Plantronics Hub windows software, which allows you to update the firmware, set some advanced functionality and even do device reporting into their Manager Pro product (which we can pull into Modality Diagnostics). One thing that annoyed me was mute and unmute both pings a “toast” and makes a windows...

Microsoft HoloLens 2 and Microsoft Teams

At MWC (previously Mobile World Congress), Microsoft announced the HoloLens 2. The new edition focused on Immersion, Comfort and “Time-to-value”, i.e. better first party apps and customer/partner apps development/support. HoloLens 2 will be available this year at a price of $3,500. Bundles including Dynamics 365 Remote Assist start at $125/month. Azure Kinect Developer Kit Microsoft also...

Support for existing 3rd Party Audio Conferencing Provider (ACP) for Skype for Business Online extended to April 2020

Thanks to Patrick Husband for the heads up here, really appreciate our community sharing information to keep everyone up to date. ACP, (certified) Audio Conferencing Providers, have a direct connection to Skype for Business Online and could offer dial-in numbers and PIN’s for SfB Online conferences, where the PSTN element of the conference was held on their service and connected to Skype for...

Can I write my own Microsoft Teams Client?

This question comes up from time to time. Customers want to build a custom client for Teams. I love Teams, but our corporate colour is green not blurple, can we make a client that is green We want build a Teams client with just chat, can we do that? The answer is no, you can’t build your own client. Teams is build on various cloud micro services and Microsoft do not expose public API’s to the...

Is Skype for Business Server supported on Cloud IaaS, Azure, AWS, GCE?

This question comes up a lot. Customers want to move “to the cloud” but for whatever business/commercial/technical reason they don’t want to go Office 365 / Skype for Business Online / Teams or to a provider that will host Skype for Business Server for them. They have a “cloud first” / IaaS strategy and want to put SfB Server in the cloud and manage it themselves, but is this supported? What does...

Microsoft Teams Voice over IP (VOIP) enabled users will now see the Calls Button

Microsoft Teams has a number of Features/Side bar buttons that are shown or hidden depending on the features a user has enabled. By default you have Activity Chat Meetings Files Microsoft sometimes calls these “apps”. By default a Teams user can make VoIP calls, they are made via chat, the calling button is top right However, now VoIP enabled Teams users will see the Calls button: Presumably...

Tom Talks Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365 Collaboration news and opinions