Tom Talks Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365 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 Update Podcast December 2020

This month we discuss:

115 million Microsoft Teams daily active users (DAU)
Gartner Magic Quadrants
Teams Public Preview Program
AI Noise Suppression
SfBO admin portal being retired
Apps in Teams Meetings

Catch it on YouTube or your favourite podcast platform

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Tom Talks Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365 news and opinions