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.

Requesting a Skype for Business Online Service Extension Beyond 31st July 2021

It’s not long until the Skype for Business Online end of service date of 31st July 2021. Cloud Connector Edition (allowing bring your own PSTN on SfB Online) also retires on 31st July 2021. Skype for Business Server lives on, but possibly as a service subscription. Most Skype for Business Online organisations will have already migrated to Teams, either manually or by Microsoft’s assisted upgrades...

Tom Arbuthnot Speaking at Cavell Opportunities with Microsoft Virtual Event

I am looking forward to joining a panel at the upcoming Opportunities with Microsoft virtual event on 24th June 2021. Cavell has received increasing interest from service providers who are looking to better understand the positioning of Microsoft Teams and its potential in the market as an additional revenue opportunity. This event looks at the opportunities around the Microsoft ecosystem. I am...

Microsoft Teams Monthly Podcast June 2021

Each month I join Rob Scott at UC Today to talk Microsoft Teams News This month we discuss: Operator Connect rolled out globally in preview News from Microsoft Build ACS (Azure Communication Services) Call recording for Azure Communication Services Direct routing for Azure Communication Services Library of graphics assets Teams Shared stage integration for third-party apps Together mode...

No more “next slide please” with Microsoft Teams PowerPoint Live Presenter Mode

One of the great meeting features of Microsoft Teams is PowerPoint Live Presenter mode. For me, the killer feature is that anyone can “Take control” of presenting the deck seamlessly. In my opinion, it really breaks the flow of a presentation for the presenter to keep prompting someone with “next slide please”. It became a running joke with the UK Government updates that they were constantly...

Supporting Organisational Engagement, Community and Culture with Microsoft 365

With the massive changes to the way we work over the last year through covid, dramatic increases in remote working and the realisation of most organisations that we are not going back to 5 days in the office, the topics of employee engagement, community and culture with the distributed workforce and how technology can support it is a hot one. Here are some thoughts on how you can use tools and...

Tom Talks Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365 news and opinions