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.

A look at the Crestron range of Microsoft Teams Devices

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of a going to the Crestron’s New Jersey Offices. In particular, the focus was on their Crestron Flex range, which supports both Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business. They have an extensive demo suite, and I also got a behind the scenes tour of some of the prototyping and the extensive testing they do. I’ve been in the UC space for quite a while, and know the...

What is the date customers have to move from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams?

Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash. There is no shutdown date for Skype for Business Online This question comes up so often now, I thought it would be good to blog the answer. There is no date, either public or apparently inside of Microsoft where customers must move from Skype for Business Online to Microsoft Teams. This blog was first written in February 2019. If this changes I will update this...

Tom Arbuthnot speaking at AvePoint’s Beyond a Microsoft Teams Pilot Event, London, February 28th

I’m excited to be speaking at AvePoint’s, Beyond a Microsoft Teams Pilot: Roll out a sustainable adoption program including good governance. London Marriott Hotel Kensington, February 28, 9:00A.M.–3:00P.M. This interactive event will cover: What is Microsoft Teams and its role in today’s digital workplace? How Microsoft Teams can excite and inspire users by supporting their daily business...

UC Today Microsoft Teams Podcast, now on YouTube too

Patrick and I have been doing a monthly Microsoft Collaboration podcast for quite a while now. We cover all the important Microsoft Collaboration news for the month. You can subscribe in all the usual places: UCToday Website iTunes Google Podcasts Spotify BuzzSprout RSS Feed This year we’re also going to be doing it on video. We’re using Microsoft Teams every month, recording in the cloud, and...

Microsoft Teams support coming for Safari browser on macOS and iPad

Reference Teams client support Since launch Teams has supported IE, Edge, Chrome and Firefox. Mac users had to use the full client or a third party browser and iPad users had to install the client. There is a user voice asking for native Safari Reference User Voice Now Microsoft have confirmed in a recent Education blog post that Safari support is coming. No details of it being full audio video...

Microsoft Teams will be automatically installed with Office 365 ProPlus on PCs and Macs

In January we learnt that Microsoft Teams will be installed by default for new installations of Office 365 Business SKU users. At the time I wondered if they have gone to the effort to find a way to bundle the Teams desktop client with Office installs, would it be an option for Office 365 Enterprise (E) SKUs. It has just been announced that. The February Monthly Channel; the March Semi-Annual...

Exchange Online Unified Messaging being replaced with Cloud Voicemail starting March 2019, final retirement February 2020

In July 2018 we learnt that Exchange Server 2019 no longer contained the Unified Messaging (Voicemail and Auto-attendant) role. It figured that it was only a matter of time before Microsoft retired the service in Office 365. That time has now been announced. Microsoft is retiring Unified Messaging (UM) in Exchange Online and replacing it with Cloud Voicemail and Cloud Auto Attendant services. If...

Add Skype for Business Server Audio Test Service Bot for a Microsoft Teams User

  We’ve come so far with cloud in such as short time, yet one missing piece for me as a full Microsoft Teams user is a simple Audio Test bot. I’m often doing calls from various places, customer sites etc, and want to test my Bluetooth and network connection are behaving. Funnily, I had the same challenge when I went full Skype for Business Cloud PBX in 2016, at the time I found I could add...

Tom Talks Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365 Collaboration news and opinions