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.

Recordings of Tom Arbuthnot’s Microsoft Teams sessions from Microsoft Ignite 2019

Microsoft Ignite is over, but, good news, all the content is available online! There is amazing content right across the Microsoft Technology stack and even beyond with sessions on community building, inclusivity, personal branding and IT burnout. You can check out all the sessions here You can also download the sessions in bulk with my friend Michel de Rooij’s excellent PowerShell script If you...

New MS-700: Managing Microsoft Teams beta exam

This week Microsoft announced the beta of a new exam focused on Microsoft Teams Beta Exam Discount Code ]To receive the 80% discount*, use code MS700Farmington when prompted for payment. This is NOT a private access code. You can use this code to register for and take the exam on or before December 20, 2019. *The first 300 people who register can take these exams for an 80% discount! (Why beta...

Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Power Platform get closer with pinning of Power Apps

One of the big themes of Microsoft Ignite was positioning Microsoft Teams as more than “chat, meetings and voice” and as a platform. Microsoft has made a huge investment in their low-code/no-code Power Platform, Power BI, Power Apps and Power Automate (previously called “flow”). For some time, you have been able to embed PowerBI reports as a tab in Teams At Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft announced...

Automatically Dismiss Past Events Reminders in Outlook

Does your Outlook often start like this?

Outlook does have the ability to automatically dismiss these these tasks, but for some reason it’s not enabled by default.

Options

Advanced / Tick “Automatically dismiss reminders for past calendar events”

Microsoft Business Voice – Single SKU for 1 to 300 seat Microsoft Teams, Calling Plan and Conferencing

I have been banging the drum for some time that Microsoft are missing a big market opportunity in the SMB space. Microsoft has a great value Office 365 SKU (Stock Keeping Unit, or “Licence”) in Office 365 Business for up to 300 users. Office 365 Business Premium and Business Essentials include Microsoft Teams, but up until now, you could not add PSTN audio conferencing numbers or phone...

7 new features coming to Microsoft Teams from Microsoft Ignite 2019

The Microsoft Teams news has been flying in at Microsoft Ignite. If you want to keep right up to date, be sure to follow me on LinkedIn. Here are 7 new features from the Microsoft Teams keynote. Screenshots from they keynote demos. Private channels launching (for real) Private channels are finally launching. Private channels enable users to create channels within existing teams that can be viewed...

Microsoft Teams Rooms will soon be able to join Zoom and Webex Meetings, and Zoom and Cisco Rooms will join Microsoft Teams Meetings

Updated 10th November with more details from Ilya Bukshteyn, Head of Product (Partner Director), Microsoft Teams Devices at Microsoft. I recommend you check out his blog here and follow him on LinkedIn here ######### Another big announcement at Microsoft Ignite. Microsoft is updating Microsoft Teams rooms so that they can natively join meetings on Cisco Webex and Zoom. Join will be via WebRTC...

Cisco Cloud Video Interop (CVI) and Certified SBCs for Direct Routing for Microsoft Teams

Big news from Microsoft Ignite. Microsoft and Cisco are formally partnering, enabling the following: Cisco runs Microsoft Certified Cloud Video Interop (CVI) Service – Cisco Webex and standards SIP video room systems the ability to connect to the Microsoft Teams meetings Cisco Session Border Controllers (SBC’s) will be certified for Direct Routing Microsoft Teams Rooms will be able to...

Tom Talks Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365 Collaboration news and opinions