Tom Talks Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business thoughts and news

AuthorTom Arbuthnot

Tom Arbuthnot is Principal Solutions Architect at Unified Communications specialist Modality Systems. He is a Microsoft Certified Master and MVP, blogger, has a regular podcast with UCToday at tomtalks.show and is a regular speaker at events including Microsoft TechEd and Ignite. He co-runs The Microsoft UC User Group London.

Microsoft Teams PowerShell Module 0.9.6

  Microsoft has updated the Microsoft Teams PowerShell module to 0.9.6 The available cmdlets themselves remain the same, but three are 3 changes There is a change in how New-Team behaves. The New-Team –AddCreatorAsMember parameter has been removed.  In its place, there is an optional parameter -Owner.  You can use this –Owner parameter to specify the full userid (e.g. Person1@tenant...

LogiPolytronics? Could Logitech buy Plantronics

  A bit of fun with the name (hat tip to my friend Jonathan McKinney), but it looks like Logitech may be looking to buy Plantronics (who recently bought Polycom) in a report from reuters. This would be interesting from a Microsoft perspective, where Logitech, Plantronics and Polycom have all been long term partners. Update, Nov. 26th: Logitech have confirmed to CNet that they were in talks...

Avoid the “Kittens of Doom” Emoji Attack, patch your Skype for Business clients

A denial of service vulnerability exists in Skype for Business clients. If the attacker sends you a huge amount of emojis, e.g. cute kittens. Depending on the actual amount of kitten emojis, you might notice a short lag in your application (starting with 100 emojis). When receiving about 800 kittens at once, your Skype for Business client will stop responding for a few seconds. If a sender...

6 reasons you should have a workplace social network like Yammer

  In terms of business value, I think internal workplace social networks are one of the most underrated tools available. Sometimes called “enterprise social network” (ESN) or “workplace social software” (Gartner), at the highest level, you can think of this as a closed Facebook for the enterprise. In Microsoft’s world, that is typically Yammer. But this article...

Microsoft automatically upgrading some small Office 365 tenants from Skype for Business Online to Microsoft Teams

Thanks to Mark Eckert, Hadrien-Nessim Socard and others over at the Microsoft Tech Communities forums for highlighting this with screenshots below. Fellow MVP Darrell Webster, one of the great Regarding 365 team also did a video overview of the situation, he saw the automatic upgrade notification on his tenant. I’ll post more details as I have then, but it appears that some “small” (possibly sub...

Oracle and TE-SYSTEMS anynode on track to be certified for Microsoft Teams Direct Routing

  Microsoft Direct Routing became generally available at the end of June. It allows you, or your favourite service provider, to deploy a certified Session Border Controller and connect any telephony carrier (SIP Provider) or to connect and interoperate with your existing enterprise phone system. AudioCodes and Ribbon are the currently certified Session Border Controllers if you want to host...

Skype for Business Server 2019 Real-Time Statistics Manager (StatsMan) and Key Health Indicators Update

2 more updates to tools for Skype for Business Server 2019 Skype for Business Server, Real-Time Statistics Manager (64-bit) Key Health Indicators for Lync Server 2013, Skype for Business Server 2015 and Skype for Business Server 2019 Skype for Business Server, Real-Time Statistics Manager (StatsMan) makes it possible to monitor key performance indicators for Skype for Business Server in real-time...

Skype for Business Server 2019 Call Quality Dashboard, SCOM Management Pack and Capacity Calculator

Following the Skype for Business Server 2019 Debugging Tools, two more additions for Skype for Business Server 2019 have now been published by Microsoft. Skype for Business Server 2019, Call Quality Dashboard Skype for Business Server 2019, System Center Operations Manager Management Pack Skype for Business Server 2019, Capacity Calculator   Call Quality Dashboard (CQD) Skype for Business...

Tom Talks Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business thoughts and news