Tom Talks Microsoft Teams and Office 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 Teams to Skype consumer interop – chat, calling and video

One of the features of Skype for Business is that Skype for Business users can communicate with Skype consumer users. I always saw this as a niche use case. The idea being a work user could contact there family, or maybe a supplier is using Skype consumer. Evidently, there was enough demand for the feature for Microsoft to bring it to Microsoft Teams. It’s now rolling out to tenants and...

Connect Analog devices to Microsoft Teams with Ribbon and AudioCodes

For years with Lync and Skype for Business deployments we have connected analog devices to Session Border Controllers/Gateways, both to give them PSTN access when removing the PBX and to allow calling between them and Skype for Business. Typical use cases include Lift/Elevator Phones/Overhead PA systems DECT handsets Specialist phone devices (fireproof phones, dealer boards) Existing long runs (I...

Tom Arbuthnot on Unified Comms Influencers Podcast

I was fortunate to be invited to be on Dominic Kent’s new Unified Comms Influencers Podcast. Dominic is Director of Content Marketing & Communications at Mio and is really on the pulse in our space. His podcast is about diving a bit more into the background of the people in Unified Comms, it’s a great listen. In my interview, we dive into my background where I started at a Cisco UC shop...

Create Multiple Edge Web Apps for each Microsoft Teams Guest Tenant

Since Chromium Edge went general availability I’ve switched to it as my primary browser away from Google Chrome. One of the useful things chrome had was the ability to create web apps with specific profiles, which allowed me to easily be signed into multiple Microsoft Teams guest access tenants concurrently. I wrote a PowerShell script to generate per tenant chrome web apps in their own dedicated...

Microsoft Stream mobile apps now enable recording, editing and uploading

It won’t be a shock to most who read this blog that I’m a big fan of video. I think it’d a great way to connect and convey information. Now Microsoft Stream (think enterprise YouTube) iOS and android apps allow you to record and edit in the app and upload direct to Microsoft Stream. It also includes some pretty advanced overlays, annotations and filters. You can also swap between rear- and front...

Microsoft Teams PowerShell Module 1.0.5 Update

Edit, shortly after posting the blog 1.0.5 was released with a minor Teams education-specific update, otherwise, it’s the same as 1.0.4 It’s been about 4 months since the last PowerShell module update for Microsoft Teams. In this update: The new version includes: Resiliency improvements on Get-Team cmdlet specially when used in tenants containing a large number of Teams and Unified Groups...

UC Today Microsoft Teams Out Loud: February 2020 Podcast

Check out this month’s Microsoft Teams update podcast with UC Today. Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts UC Today Website YouTube Spotify BuzzSprout RSS Feed This month we talk about: CVP, Jeff Teper takes over leadership of Microsoft Teams, What does it mean for the Future? Microsoft Teams Outage February 20 Power BI Reports for Microsoft Teams Call Quality Dashboard (CQD) ISE – Shure ceiling...

Microsoft offers Microsoft Teams (Office 365 E1) free for 6 months as response to COVID-19

Link JP Courtois, Microsoft EVP and President, Microsoft Global Sales, Marketing & Operations, announced on Twitter that Microsoft would be making “Teams available to all for free for six months” This follows lots of other collab/meetings vendors offering extended free service offers such as Cisco and LogMeIn. The interesting thing is Microsoft Teams already has a completely free version and...

Tom Talks Microsoft Teams and Office 365 news and opinions