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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.

Metaswitch Perimeta SBC certified For Microsoft Teams Direct Routing

At Microsoft Ignite last year we heard that Cisco, Ericsson, Nokia and Metaswitch were going to be added to the list of certified SBC vendors for Microsoft Teams Direct Routing. Now the first of those, Metaswitch, is officially certified. It requires firmware version 4.7 or higher in that major version. The certification granted to a major version. That means that firmware with any number in the...

Understanding Microsoft Teams Calling Plans

Microsoft Teams can be a real phone for users with a real phone number. To get this functionality you need 2 things The “Phone System” licence, which is available as an add-on licence or bundled in Office 365 E5 – This is the ability for the client to act as a phone A Phone number and PSTN connectivity (line and minutes). PSTN is the Public Switched Telephony Network or the telephony network...

Ribbon EdgeMarc Series certified for Microsoft Teams Direct Routing

Ribbons Intelligent Edge multi-service business gateways (MSBGs), which include the EdgeMarc 2900, 4800, 6000 and 7000 series, have all been certified for Direct Routing for Microsoft Teams.

The EdgeMarc devices provide SD-WAN in addition to VoIP and PSTN functionality.
Microsoft Teams Direct Routing Certified list here

New Satin codec coming to Microsoft Teams

Somewhat buried in a Microsoft Teams update blog, Microsoft announced their new in-house developed codec coming to Microsoft Teams in the coming months. A codec (the word is a  combination of coder and decoder) encodes and compresses data before it is sent and decodes received data. Microsoft says Satin, their new codec, will be able to deliver crystal clear wideband audio with as little as 7...

How to quickly get the Emoji keyboard in Windows 10

Blogging this just because I can never remember. I use Emoji’s a lot on phone but never remember how to access them quickly on Windows.
It’s really simple, you just press windows key and full stop at the same time,
You get a nice insert box with all the options.

6 New features coming to Microsoft Teams this year

As part of a blog post talking about the 3 year anniversary of Microsoft Teams and 44 million daily active users, 6 new features coming later this year were announced. Want to stay up to date on Microsoft Teams news, check out my every other Tuesday email update here. Real-time noise suppression on meetings Microsoft is using AI technology on the meeting to remove background noise like a vacuum...

Microsoft Teams now has 44 million DAU Daily Active Users

Undoubtedly partially fueled by the world impact of COVID-19, Microsoft is now reporting, as of March 18, 2020, 44 million daily active users (DAU) around the world. As of March 11, 2020, it was 32 Million Daily Active Users, that number has grown by 12 million in just over a week. That’s up from 20 Million DAU in October 2019 20 Teams customers have more than 100,000 employees actively...

Microsoft Teams is now available to the UK National Health Service for free

Tweet: Link Simon Eccles, Chief Clinical Information Officer for Health and Care. Deputy CEO NHSX, confirmed in a tweet that Microsoft Teams is being made available for free across the NHS. There are roughly 1.5 million people employed by the NHS across the UK. NHSX is a United Kingdom Government unit with responsibility for setting national policy and developing best practice for National Health...

Tom Talks Microsoft Teams and Office 365 news and opinions