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Evolve Conf UK, 10th September, 1 day Microsoft Office 365 and Azure Conference, Tickets now available

  Evolve Conference is for IT Professionals working with the Microsoft Cloud, covering Microsoft 365 and Azure. The ethos behind each year’s events is to help prepare IT Pros for the technology they will need for the year ahead and impart impartial, real-world advice to help them succeed. We love to share our expertise and enable others and that’s why we started the original UC Day together...

Record your screen with PowerPoint

One of the most useful things when hitting a bug or an issue is a screen recording of the actual issue. Screenshots are great, but you can’t beat a recording for quickly explaining an issue. Previously I’ve used things like the great TechSmith Camtasia and Snagit, and in a pinch on a machine where I don’t have those installed, screencast-o-matic.com Those are not always an option or an easy...

Can you dial premium rate or shared cost numbers with Microsoft PSTN Calling Plans? It depends

This one took a while to get to the bottom of, but fortunately, the online documentation has been updated now to make it easier. My question was can users with Microsoft PSTN Calling plans, in either Skype for Business Online or Microsoft Teams, ring premium rate or shared cost numbers? The term “premium number” is a broad term, there are a variety of “premium number” types. In the UK premium...

Evolve Conference (UCDay), 1 day UK Microsoft UC and Collab Conference, Call for Speakers

Time flies when you are having fun! It’s less than 100 days until Evolve, the new name for UCDay, our 1 day UK Microsoft Collab focused conference. I’m a very small part of a great team putting the event together. Now into our 4th year, this year’s event is on 10th September. If you are interested in attending, make sure you are on the mailing list for tickets release We’re still finalising...

Tom Arbuthnot Speaking at Microsoft Ignite 2018, September 24 – 28th, Orlando

I’m excited to be speaking at Ignite 2018. It should be a great year for Ignite, from Microsoft Teams continuing to get new features to Skype for Business Server 2019. It’s not everyday you are on the same speaker page as Satya Nadella as a featured speaker. Full session details haven’t been released yet. In addition to speaking I’ll be doing a daily video update with all the news on LinkedIn and...

Is your network provider peered with Microsoft?

A key Microsoft recommendation for Office 365 performance is to get from your user to their network as quickly as possible. So in most scenarios, you ideally want local site internet breakout and that internet provider should be peered with Microsoft so that you have very few hops before your jump onto Microsoft’s network and then move over their network to your Office 365 tenant/service. Peering...

The Office 365 train is still steaming along with more than 135 million monthly active users, Microsoft FY18 Q3 Results

I like to keep an eye on Microsoft financial results for any insights into growth and direction. The latest FY18 Q3 results were released April 26th. We can see from the results Office 365 Commercial continues to grow year on year.   From the earnings call: “Office 365 commercial now has more than 135 million monthly active users, and Office 365 consumer subscriber increased to 30.6 million”...

Office 2019 Commercial C2R Preview is Here, with Skype for Business 2019 Client

Office 2019 Perpetual Volume Licence Commercial Preview is here. It is the next perpetual release of Office, the one where you buy a “product” rather than subscribing to Office 365 Pro Plus. It’s the next Office upgrade for customers who don’t want to subscribe to the cloud version. Office 2019 will be released in the second half of 2018. If you use Office 365 ProPlus, you already have access to...

Tom Talks Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business thoughts and news