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.

Tom Arbuthnot speaking at AvePoint’s Beyond a Microsoft Teams Pilot Event, London, February 28th

I’m excited to be speaking at AvePoint’s, Beyond a Microsoft Teams Pilot: Roll out a sustainable adoption program including good governance. London Marriott Hotel Kensington, February 28, 9:00A.M.–3:00P.M. This interactive event will cover: What is Microsoft Teams and its role in today’s digital workplace? How Microsoft Teams can excite and inspire users by supporting their daily business...

UC Today Microsoft Teams Podcast, now on YouTube too

Patrick and I have been doing a monthly Microsoft Collaboration podcast for quite a while now. We cover all the important Microsoft Collaboration news for the month. You can subscribe in all the usual places: UCToday Website iTunes Google Podcasts Spotify BuzzSprout RSS Feed This year we’re also going to be doing it on video. We’re using Microsoft Teams every month, recording in the cloud, and...

Microsoft Teams support coming for Safari browser on macOS and iPad

Reference Teams client support Since launch Teams has supported IE, Edge, Chrome and Firefox. Mac users had to use the full client or a third party browser and iPad users had to install the client. There is a user voice asking for native Safari Reference User Voice Now Microsoft have confirmed in a recent Education blog post that Safari support is coming. No details of it being full audio video...

Microsoft Teams will be automatically installed with Office 365 ProPlus on PCs and Macs

In January we learnt that Microsoft Teams will be installed by default for new installations of Office 365 Business SKU users. At the time I wondered if they have gone to the effort to find a way to bundle the Teams desktop client with Office installs, would it be an option for Office 365 Enterprise (E) SKUs. It has just been announced that. The February Monthly Channel; the March Semi-Annual...

Exchange Online Unified Messaging being replaced with Cloud Voicemail starting March 2019, final retirement February 2020

In July 2018 we learnt that Exchange Server 2019 no longer contained the Unified Messaging (Voicemail and Auto-attendant) role. It figured that it was only a matter of time before Microsoft retired the service in Office 365. That time has now been announced. Microsoft is retiring Unified Messaging (UM) in Exchange Online and replacing it with Cloud Voicemail and Cloud Auto Attendant services. If...

Add Skype for Business Server Audio Test Service Bot for a Microsoft Teams User

  We’ve come so far with cloud in such as short time, yet one missing piece for me as a full Microsoft Teams user is a simple Audio Test bot. I’m often doing calls from various places, customer sites etc, and want to test my Bluetooth and network connection are behaving. Funnily, I had the same challenge when I went full Skype for Business Cloud PBX in 2016, at the time I found I could add...

Industry Specific Microsoft Teams Templates: Education, Retail and Healthcare

Something from the February Teams update, Microsoft Teams Templates let admins quickly pre-define a team’s channel, install apps, pin tabs, and more. They leverage a new beta REST endpoint as part of the Microsoft Graph API. For those who don’t do API’s, basically, this means you can “script” Team creation using Parameters sent to the service You can design your own templates, but Microsoft has...

Microsoft Teams Developer and Government February Ask Microsoft Anything (AMA) Online Sessions

The AMA gives you the opportunity to as questions and give feedback to members of the product engineering team. It’s a good chance to get a view on what’s important to you and provide interactive feedback. The Developer AMA will take place on Thursday, February 14th, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. PT in the Microsoft Teams AMA Group. Add the event to your calendar and view in your time zone...

Tom Talks Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365 Collaboration news and opinions