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.

New Microsoft Teams Phone Number Service Portal in Teams Admin Center

Previously Microsoft dealt with Microsoft provided PSTN number porting and number provision issues via some specific email addresses (like ptneu@microsoft and gcstnmsd@microsoft). As of July 22, 2021, the email system has been retired and replaced with a new dedicated portal. The portal is at but can also be reached via the Teams Admin center:   Hopefully, this will make it easier to manage...

Microsoft Teams Client SDK coming to support partner Attendant Console Solutions

One good session from Inspire 2021 was on partners growing their Teams practice and the opportunity around Teams Phone. The session included a Teams Calling roadmap update. Image from The Year of Teams Phone – Grow Your Practice Most of this was already known about, but something public for the first time is “Client SDK to support ISV attendant console solutions”. What is an SDK? SDK stands for...

Dynamics 365 Microsoft Teams Integration Updates from Microsoft Inspire 2021

One of the big announcements from Microsoft Inspire last week was the integration between Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Dynamics 365, Microsoft’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) platform. Microsoft is “launching” the same news multiple times these days, as it was also announced at Ignite, the customer conference in March 2021. Tom Morgan did a good...

Microsoft Teams Microsoft 365 Multi-Geo Explained

Microsoft 365 Multi-Geo allows Office 365 tenants to a primary central location and one or more specific satellite locations for their data. This can be helpful to meet data residency requirements for multi-national organizations. For example, needing to keep German users data in Germany. or EU users data within the EU. Multi-Geo was initially launched with support for Exchange Online and...

Change Edge browser new tab to Google or any other URL you want

I’m really enjoying using Edge, it’s a shame Microsoft keep trying to make it difficult to not use Bing/injecting their content. By default, even if you change your default start page, new tabs will open a mess of Adverts and content. You can use the cog on the top right to tune this down to a “focused” mode and turn of “quick links”, which is much better. But if you still want to just land on a...

Tom Talks Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365 news and opinions
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