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 launch first party Teams certified Surface headsets, Speakerphone and Webcam

  For a long time, it’s been a point of conversation that while Microsoft has a large range of vendors who provide Teams certified headsets, their own headsets from the Surface team were not certified for Teams. Today Microsoft announced 3 Surface headsets, all certified for Microsoft Teams. Also a webcam and speakerphone. It will be interesting to see how the ecosystem partners feel about...

Microsoft acquires Nuance conversational AI and voice recognition specialists for $19.7 billion

Microsoft’s second-largest acquisition after LinkedIn, Microsoft position the Nuance acquisition as strengthening their cloud strategy for healthcare. Nuance Communications focuses on conversational AI and ambient intelligence. With customers in 77 percent of U.S. hospitals and 85 percent of the Fortune 100 companies worldwide, Beyond healthcare, Nuance provides AI expertise and customer...

Do you need to backup Office 365?

It’s a question of much debate, do you need to backup Office 365? As part of Petri’s GET-IT: Backup and Recovery 1-Day Virtual Conference I did a session on Office 365 backup that is now available on-demand, alongside other sessions. All the recordings and decks are now available for download. You can check the on-demand session and deck here. I cover What is a Backup for? Don’t Microsoft do...

Microsoft Teams admin defined organisation-wide custom video backgrounds, only $5 PUPM

We got an update on Friday (MC249777) giving details of how an administrator will be able to the ability to “push”/define a gallery of video backgrounds to users across the organization to access. Rollout begins in late April and should be complete in late May. A handy feature, but it only comes as part of the Advanced Communications Licence. Currently, users can add their own video...

End to End Voice in Microsoft Teams – Commsverse Half Day Online Virtual Event

Looking like a great line-up for this one. This event is all about Microsoft Teams Enterprise Voice workloads and more importantly aimed at providing the knowledge and awareness of what is available from a feature perspective and how to deploy them in your organisation or on behalf of your customers. This event is technical and for those with some working knowledge of Microsoft Teams voice...

Tom Talks Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365 news and opinions