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.

Skype for Business Server 2019 is not supported on Virtualisation

I was doing some research after a customer asked if they could put SfB server “in the cloud” (on IaaS) in a Microsoft supported way. Note, the question is not “will it work”, it’s “will Microsoft support it”. It’s not a great idea or very cost-effective, again, those were not the question. I said that you couldn’t put in on Azure (not supported at all by Microsoft) but that Microsoft support SfB...

AudioCodes C450HD IP Phone now certified for Microsoft Teams

Congratulations to AudioCodes who have passed Microsoft Teams certification for their C450HD IP Phone. Features: Native Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business support Single-click switch over between Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business Graphical 5” colour TFT screen (1280 x 720) with multi-lingual support Touch screen user interface enabling up to 8 programmable keys 8 line, 8 concurrent calls...

April Webinar: Office 365 Collaboration and Communication Tools, What to use When

A really popular question with customers, with so many tools and options in Office 365 for communications and collaboration, many with directly overlapping functionality, how do you choose which are suitable for your organisation, and how to you best advice and coach users on which tool is most appropriate for their business use case. Got a specific question you want me to cover? Let me know in...

Praise message badges in Microsoft Teams chat and channels

Filing this under, features borrowed from Yammer. Praise is a new Microsoft Teams feature that gives users the option to send Praise badges to their colleagues in both chat and teams/channels.

This feature is on-by-default and requires administrator action to disable. It is a default app you can disable in the Office 365 admin center

Reference: MC176548

April Showers of Microsoft Teams News from Enterprise Connect, Microsoft Teams Monthly Podcast

In Aprils UC Today Microsoft Teams Monthly podcast we cover Media Bypass in Direct Routing, which is now been made available, and all the feature news from Enterprise Connect. In particular, I think the whiteboard story is really impressive. You can check it out now on YouTube: You can subscribe to the podcast on: UCToday Website YouTube iTunes Google Podcasts Spotify BuzzSprout RSS Feed I also...

Voicemail is now on-by-default for all VoIP-enabled users in Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams has VoIP calling by default, both between users in the organisation and over federation. Now cloud voicemail will be enabled by default all VoIP-enabled users in Microsoft Teams. Users will see the voicemail tab in their calls app in the app bar. If transcription is enabled for your tenant via Voicemail Policy, your users can also see voicemail transcriptions in their desktop...

8 New Microsoft Teams Features from Enterprise Connect 2019

Microsoft was awarded Best Of Enterprise Connect 2019 for Microsoft Teams, for the second year in a row. You can watch the keynote back here All of these features are “coming soon” with no defined timelines unless otherwise stated. stay turned on the blog, I will blog as they become generally available. You can subscribe for weekly email updates from me. Customized video call backgrounds Building...

Microsoft Teams Direct Routing Media Bypass Now Available

Good news, Media Bypass is now available for Microsoft Teams Direct Routing. Direct Routing allows you to connect your own Session Border Controller and PSTN Carrier to Microsoft Teams for user phone numbers. Media bypass enables you to shorten the path of the media to go directly between the end user and the Session Border Controller, instead of sending it via the Microsoft Phone System. for...

Tom Talks Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365 Collaboration news and opinions