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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 local data residency in new Microsoft South Africa Datacenters

Microsoft recently became the first global provider to deliver cloud services from the African continent with the opening of our new cloud datacenter regions. On July 25th, Microsoft announced the general availability of Office 365 services from new cloud datacenters in South Africa. Office 365 joins Azure to expand the Microsoft cloud service available from Africa. Dynamics 365 and Power...

Skype for Business Server 2019 Debugging Tools with updated version of Snooper

Hot on the heals of the Key Health Indicators (KHI) for Skype for Business 2019, the Skype for Business Server 2019 Debugging Tools got an update. Originally released for SfBS 2019 in November 2018, they are a collection of additional tools for use by IT Admins to aid in troubleshooting Skype for Business Server 2019 deployments. The collection of tools include: Snooper 7.0.2255.1 CLSLogger...

Microsoft Teams Rooms get UI update to current Microsoft Teams look and feel

Microsoft Teams Rooms just got a big update, 4.0.105.0 is now rolling out via Windows store. Microsoft’s Sohail Tariq broke it down in a good blog. Here’s my take, mostly a recap of the original blog. Windows store app rebranded to Microsoft Teams Room? This might not make sense to you. They are Microsoft Teams Rooms, right? What’s the rebrand? Well yes, what was “Skype Room System v2” where...

Key Health Indicators (KHI) for Skype for Business 2019, Skype for Business Server 2015 and Lync Server 2013

Key Health Indicators (KHI) are Performance Counters with recommended thresholds aimed at revealing problems that can impact the user experience. They are really useful for ensuring the health of your Skype for Business Server environment. Microsoft has recently updated version of the Key Health Indicators for Lync Server 2013, Skype for Business Server 2015 and Skype for Business 2019. The...

Clarifying Support for Skype for Business Server 2019 Virtualization

Thanks to Corbin Meek, Senior Supportability Program Manager – Teams and Skype for Business at Microsoft for reaching out with an update/clarification. Skype for Business Server 2019 is supported on virtualisation, provided it is deployed in line with the Planning a Lync Server 2013 Deployment on Virtual Servers guidance. Some highlights of the guidance: Do not use processor...

Slack CEO doesn’t see Microsoft Teams as a Threat? That just doesn’t make sense

After Microsoft announced 13 million daily active users for Microsoft Teams, Slack founder and CEO Stewart Butterfield said he’s not worried about the rapid growth of Microsoft Teams. “If it’s based on the bigger distribution [Office 365], I don’t think that’s really a threat,”  said Butterfield at a Brainstorm Tech 2019 Conference (YouTube video) on Monday, reported by CNBC. The CNBC key points...

Key Insights from Microsoft Inspire 2019

Inspire is Microsoft’s conference for partners where they give partners insights and direction on their areas of focus and where they see the opportunities for partners (read, this is what Microsoft would like partners to sell). It’s obviously important to partners, but it also gives a good idea of what areas Microsoft are focusing on. So what were the key areas of focus? Microsoft Azure and AI...

Free Microsoft Teams Cloud Video Interop from Poly, Pexip and BlueJeans!

Well, this escalated quickly, all 3 certified Microsoft Cloud Video Interop vendors are now offering some form of free channel offer. All of the below is to the best of my knowledge/understanding, friends at Poly, Pexip and BlueJeans feel free to correct me or provide additional insights. Poly Cloud Video Interop for Microsoft Teams Offer Poly is offering a single free subscription (channel) on...

Tom Talks Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365 Collaboration news and opinions