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.

Microsoft Teams Displays – All-in-one personal dedicated Microsoft Teams devices

Microsoft recently announced (or really renamed since the Lenovo has been around for a while) a new type of certified device for Microsoft Teams. These are personal devices featuring an ambient touchscreen, and a hands-free experience powered by Cortana (Cortana will be available in the U.S. later this year). There are plans to expand Cortana to other markets in the future. Microsoft Teams...

14 New Microsoft Teams Features Announced July 2020

Microsoft just announced a lot of new Microsoft Teams features that are coming in the next few months (some specific times below). Here is a rundown of all of them. Microsoft also published a study on the future of work, you can check it out here. Want to be always up to date on the latest on Microsoft Teams, you can subscribe to my email update here. Microsoft Teams Together mode Uses “AI...

Microsoft Teams call records API now Generally Available

Being able to report at depth on usage (number of calls, who called who, what modalities were used etc.) and on performance (packet loss, jitter latency etc.) on unified communications is something many organisations want to do. Some History In Skype for Business Server, we could get all the data in the backend CDR/QoE SQL databases and also later in its life-cycle had the option of leveraging...

Microsoft Teams test ring model to move to Windows / Office Channel model

Like many Microsoft products, certain Microsoft partner and customers test early Microsoft Teams client builds to give Microsoft feedback. In Microsoft, this is called Technology Adoption Program (TAP). First Microsoft internal testing is done, then it is rolled out to TAP users for feedback before going to all other users. Microsoft Teams roll out updates through a series of “rings” from...

Microsoft Teams consumer mobile app public preview

Earlier in the year, we heard from Microsoft that a consumer version of Microsoft Teams was coming. Yesterday Microsoft announced “Microsoft Teams consumer”, which doesn’t seem to have a specific name, in public preview, but only on mobile apps. General availability of the features, as well as expanding features to the desktop and web versions of Teams, is expected later this year (2020). I will...

Microsoft Teams 49 Participant Video (7×7 layout) – Preview June 2020, GA H2 2020

Microsoft have confirmed in an education blog that 7×7 video, allowing 49 participants to be on the screen at the same time is going to be preview for some tenants this month and generally available “in the fall” (start of September to end of November). It was announced on an education blog but 7×7 layout will be rolling out to all tenants not just education. The education use case...

Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) certified Microsoft Teams Direct Routing non-media bypass

Big new in the unified communication world, Cisco’s Session Border Controllers, the Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) are now certified for Microsoft Teams Direct Routing. This means mainly Cisco shops could now use the existing Session Border Controller to easily setup telephony for Microsoft Teams. The following products running IOS XE Amsterdam 17.2.1r have been certified: Cisco Unified...

Microsoft Teams Rooms vs Microsoft Teams Collaboration Bars, Important Differences

Microsoft now has two types of certified room systems for Microsoft Teams: Microsoft Teams Rooms (MTR) Microsoft Teams Collaboration Bars Confusingly, Microsoft lists them under the same “Room systems” category on their official device catalogue, but they are quite different. Microsoft Teams Rooms are windows IOT based devices, currently available from Logitech, Yealink, Crestron, HP...

Tom Talks Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365 news and opinions