Tom Talks Microsoft Teams and Office 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 Out Loud Monthly Podcast January 2020

The latest UC Today Microsoft Teams Out Loud Podcast is now available on all the usual platforms. This month we talk about Lenovo ThinkSmart View $349 Microsoft Teams 8-inch screen Personal Video Endpoint Forrester Total Economic Impact (TEI) study of Microsoft Teams Cloud Voice January 2020 Upcoming Features from Microsoft Teams blog – focused on first line workers Events: UC Summit 2020...

UC Summit 2020, virtual online conference now open

UC Summit 2020 is an “online conference” from the UC Today team. It’s s mix of curated existing content from the vendors like recent keynotes and  some new UC Today content specifically for the virtual conference
I recorded a panel on Webex vs Teams vs Zoom for Meetings.
It’s open from 20th January for 90 days, you can check it out free at

Office 365 ProPlus will Browser Hijack Google Chrome to use Microsoft Search / Bing Search

Microsoft announced yesterday on their roadmap and Office 365 Message Center: “Beginning with Version 2002 of Office 365 ProPlus, Microsoft will install a browser extension that makes Bing the default search engine for Google Chrome” Support for Firefox is planned too, Microsoft will update in a future Message Center post. In my opinion, this is again a bit of an overreach. It’s changing a...

MS-700: Managing Microsoft Teams Exam Prep Guide and Resources

The single Microsoft Exam MS-700: Managing Microsoft Teams gives you the Microsoft 365 Certified: Teams Administrator Associate certification. The exam was in beta and beta results were recently released and I’m pleased to say I passed. Graham Hosking (LinkedIn, Twitter) a friend and TS at Microsoft also passed. We pooled our thoughts and resources together for this prep guide. Think we missed...

Microsoft Ignite 2020, September 21st to the 25th 2020, New Orleans

Good news, Microsoft Ignite 2020 is a go. This year it’s a new location, New Orleans in Louisiana. It’s September 21st to the 25th. Pre-registrations are already open, meaning you can register for free to be first to be alerted when tickets go on sale. It always sells out and hotels and flights go fast, so best to book early to avoid disappointment. Looking forward to this one! Pre-registration...

Webinar: Data-driven Microsoft Teams success with Modality Systems Teamwork Analytics

Modality Systems has an in house developed Microsoft Teams reporting, governance and automation suite called Teamwork Analytics. Essentially it pulls data from Microsoft graph into Azure SQL and uses it to automate actions with the Azure bot formwork as well as reports via PowerBI. In this upcoming webinar, I will talk about how we use data, reporting and automation to drive Microsoft Teams...

5 new Microsoft Teams firstline worker features coming first half 2020

Microsoft recently blogged about features for shift workers which gave us details of 5 new features coming to Microsoft Teams, specifically target as firstline/front line workers. Here is a rundown: Walkie Talkie / Push to Talk Limited Private preview in the first half of this year A feature often used in retail (from the person on the shop floor to the person in the stock room for example) and...

OAuth 2.0 Skype for Business IP Phone Required Firmware Update Timeline extended to July 15th, 2020

Thanks to Dan Balitewicz for the update on this one. Microsoft is implementing Microsoft Identity Platform 2.0 (an evolution of the Azure Active Directory identity service) which uses the OAuth 2.0 authorization protocol. If you have SfB Certified IP Phones (3PIP) from AudioCodes, Crestron, Polycom or Yealink signing into to Skype for Business Online (or Microsoft Teams via cloud interop), you...

Tom Talks Microsoft Teams and Office 365 news and opinions