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.

Modality Systems has been acquired by ICT service provider GCI

Exciting news, (at least specifically for me working at Modality Systems), Microsoft collaboration specialist Modality Systems has been acquired by ICT service provider, GCI. Some comments from the press release: The Modality business will be run within the GCI group. James Rodd the current Modality CEO comments: “Both GCI and Modality have invested heavily in innovating around Microsoft’s...

Microsoft Teams read receipts, know when a private chat message was read by the recipients

This is an interesting addition to Microsoft Teams, coming in June and targeted to be rolled out by July. Read receipts will now be a part of 1:1 and group chats. Read receipts in private chats allow senders to know when a message was read by the recipients. Read receipts will be rolled out on by default with admin and user level controls to manage. If you would like your users to choose if they...

Add and remove team members directly from Microsoft Teams mobile app

Something I’ve been waiting for, you can now add, remove and promote members to owners directly from the mobile app on iOS and Android. Many modern workers are mobile first if not mobile only, particularly first line workers which are a focus for Microsoft Teams. Simply tap the three dots by a team name and click Manage Members to see members and owners and add members. Click on an existing...

Microsoft Teams Out Loud Podcast June: Citrix Audio, Video and Sharing VDI Support for Microsoft Teams

Time keeps flying, here is June’s Microsoft Teams news podcast with UC Today, you can catch it on YouTube or any popular podcast platform: Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts UCToday Website YouTube Spotify BuzzSprout RSS Feed This month we cover: Microsoft Teams Developer Platform Announcements from Build 2019 – blog here Citrix HDX Optimization for Audio/Video in Microsoft Teams in VDI...

What are Microsoft Teams PSTN Audio Conferencing pay-per-minute / Pay As You Go (PAYG) Costs

Microsoft offers PSTN Audio conferencing, the ability to dial in/out of a Microsoft Teams or Skype for Business Online meeting. Called just Audio Conferencing by Microsoft (which I think is confusing as VoIP/PC audio conferencing is included in the box. PSTN Audio conferencing gives dial-in numbers for over 400 cities around the world, as well as the ability to dial out of a meeting/have the...

Citrix HDX Optimization for Audio/Video in Microsoft Teams in VDI available in the coming weeks

Exciting news coming out of Citrix Synergy conference. Citrix announced the upcoming HDX optimization for Microsoft Teams, customers will get a fully native, fully featured Microsoft Teams experience within Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops. The Citrix Workspace app has a built-in multi-platform HDX Media Engine that ensures optimized device and media handling, with audio, video, and screen...

Route your own PSTN carrier numbers to Microsoft Cloud Auto Attendant and Call Queues

A big update in functionality, you can now route/assign your own PSTN Carrier numbers to Cloud Auto Attendant and Call Queues. Previously you would need to assign new service numbers from Microsoft or port your numbers into Microsoft as service numbers on their cloud service. Direct Routing can be used to assign a PSTN number via SBC to Auto Attendant and Call Queues (as of today Direct Routing...

More than 150 organizations have over 10,000 active Microsoft Teams users and it is used by over 500,000 organisations

I like to keep an eye on Microsoft financial results for any insights into Office 365/Microsoft Teams. In the April 2019 results, we learnt/confirmed the following: 91 of the Fortune 100 use Microsoft Teams More than 150 organizations have over 10,000 active Microsoft Teams users Office 365 commercial now has 180 million users EMS (Enterprise Mobility and Security) install base reached 100...

Tom Talks Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365 Collaboration news and opinions