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.

Webinar: Scaling Your Microsoft Teams Deployment Successfully, Our Data Driven Approach

I’ve got a webinar coming up on 27th June at 4PM GMT. In this one I’m talking about our experience with scaling Microsoft Teams deployments, some technical considerations but mostly around training/user adoption/business change. I’ll be showing how we use our Teamwork Analytics PowerBI reporting of detailed Microsoft Teams data and our adoption automation through both email and bots to support...

Microsoft Teams in Two days at Microsoft Reactor London, 9th and 10th July

My friends who run the Evolve Conference have a great event coming up in London, Evolve Conference on Tour: Teams in two days Day 1 – Teams Groundwork 9.00 -10.30 – Session 1 – Teams where we are today – (Jason Wynn / Steve Goodman / Ben Lee) 11.00 – 12.15 – Session 2 – Managing your users for Teams (Brian Reid) 12.15 – 13.15 – Lunch! 13.15...

3 Types of Microsoft Teams Private Message, Standard, Important and now Urgent

  With private chat, standard chat messages appear to the recipient with one toast/notification. Making as important adds a red exclamation point next to your message and prefixes it with the word “IMPORTANT!”. Sometimes a message can be answered whenever, it needs immediate attention. Take healthcare for example, urgent messages need a response. Enter new Teams Priority...

Skype for Business Server, Exchange Server and SharePoint Server 2019 Mainstream support extended by 3 months to January 2024

Thanks to my friend Max Sanna for the heads up on this one. Indeed Max is right. The original end of mainstream support date for SfB Server 2019 was 2023, the normal 5 years of mainstream support (traditionally it was 5 years mainstream, 5 years extended). The intent was Office 2019 (client and server) would move to a 5 + 2 model Reference: Information about SharePoint On-Premises 2019 Now we are...

Microsoft Teams Apps Certification Program leveraging Microsoft Cloud App Security SaaS app catalog

How do you know if a Microsoft Teams App meets your organisation’s security requirements? Microsoft Teams allowed hundreds of third-party application integrations that extend, expand and integrate into the Teams experience in all kinds of powerful ways, but how is an organisation to know which meet their security standards and requirements. It could be a full-time job to go and understand...

Microsoft Teams Voice Routing Diagram from Doug Lawty

If you are in the Microsoft voice space, odds are you know the name Doug Lawty. Doug has been working with Microsoft voice-related products and services for over 10 of his 18 years at Microsoft. An instructor for the late Microsoft Certified Master program, he has all sorts of arcane Lync voice knowledge stored by the power of his beard. At the recent Comms vNext conference (great conference, I...

Where in the world will my Microsoft Teams meeting be hosted?

People (well, very technical people ) are often interested to understand where in the world their Microsoft Teams meeting will be physically hosted, or, to use an older term, where in the world the MCU (Multipoint Control Unit, the thing in conferencing that mixes all the streams together) is located. This is interesting as connectivity can impact conference performance and generally speaking...

Skype for Business Server 2019 Hotfix 1 Release (not CU1)

This week we got Skype for Business Server 2019 Hotfix  (HF1). Thanks to my college Tobie Fysh for flagging this one being released. A Hotfix is generally defined as a release to target a specific customer reported a problem that needs a quicker release and goes through limited testing. It is distinct to cumulative update that can add features as well as fixes and go through more extensive...

Tom Talks Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365 Collaboration news and opinions