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.

What are Microsoft Teams PSTN Audio Conferencing pay-per-minute / Pay As You Go (PAYG) Costs

Microsoft offers PSTN Audio conferencing, the ability to dial in/out of a Microsoft Teams or Skype for Business Online meeting. Called just Audio Conferencing by Microsoft (which I think is confusing as VoIP/PC audio conferencing is included in the box. PSTN Audio conferencing gives dial-in numbers for over 400 cities around the world, as well as the ability to dial out of a meeting/have the...

Citrix HDX Optimization for Audio/Video in Microsoft Teams in VDI available in the coming weeks

Exciting news coming out of Citrix Synergy conference. Citrix announced the upcoming HDX optimization for Microsoft Teams, customers will get a fully native, fully featured Microsoft Teams experience within Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops. The Citrix Workspace app has a built-in multi-platform HDX Media Engine that ensures optimized device and media handling, with audio, video, and screen...

Route your own PSTN carrier numbers to Microsoft Cloud Auto Attendant and Call Queues

A big update in functionality, you can now route/assign your own PSTN Carrier numbers to Cloud Auto Attendant and Call Queues. Previously you would need to assign new service numbers from Microsoft or port your numbers into Microsoft as service numbers on their cloud service. Direct Routing can be used to assign a PSTN number via SBC to Auto Attendant and Call Queues (as of today Direct Routing...

More than 150 organizations have over 10,000 active Microsoft Teams users and it is used by over 500,000 organisations

I like to keep an eye on Microsoft financial results for any insights into Office 365/Microsoft Teams. In the April 2019 results, we learnt/confirmed the following: 91 of the Fortune 100 use Microsoft Teams More than 150 organizations have over 10,000 active Microsoft Teams users Office 365 commercial now has 180 million users EMS (Enterprise Mobility and Security) install base reached 100...

Outlook on iOS and Android, with more than 100 million users, can now directly schedule Microsoft Teams meetings

As reported as coming soon in March, Outlook app in iPhone/iPad and Android can now directly schedule Microsoft Teams meetings. It will either default to scheduling Skype for Business or Microsoft Teams meetings depending on which user mode you are in.   User mode Meetings solution in Outlook mobile Teams Only Teams Skype for Business with Teams Collaboration and Meetings* Teams Skype for...

Tom Arbuthnot speaking at Comms vNext, June 5th and 6th 2019 Denver

I’m really excited about this one. It’s a fully focused community driven Microsoft IC/UC focused Conference & Exhibition run by 4 great MVP’s and friends. June 5th and 6th 2019 Denver, Colorado. This is really focused on just what you want to know if you are in the Microsoft Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams space. The speaker line up crazy, with a great mix of Microsoft and community...

Microsoft Teams Roadmap Watch: Music On Hold, Share System Audio, 100 person private chat and 3 more

It’s always interesting to keep an eye on the Microsoft 365 roadmap to see what is coming for Microsoft Teams. Recently a number of interesting features got posted as in development. Microsoft Teams: Music on Hold A common telephony feature. No detail on which clients will support this (desktop, web, mobile, IP Phones) Microsoft Teams – Share system audio in a Teams meeting Often users want...

Poly, Crestron and Yealink Video Phones Coming to Microsoft Teams

An interesting development at Enterprise Connect, that didn’t get a great deal of press, was the early showcasing of IP video phones for Microsoft Teams. The Poly CCX 700, Crestron Flex P250 and Yealink VP59 will all offer natives Microsoft Teams video calling. Poly CCX 700 will come with a 7-inch multitouch screen and integrated 1080p HD built-in camera. It can also be purchases with a bundled...

Tom Talks Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365 Collaboration news and opinions