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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...

UserVoice: Keep OneNote in Office 2019 and get Email Signatures into Exchange Mailboxes

Microsoft are more open to feedback than ever before. Two areas I think are worth giving your feedback on are: Storing email signatures in the Exchange mailbox I’ve been chasing for this for a long while too: LOL, this tweet was 9 years ago, almost to the day! Recently Jeff Guillet has been leading the charge on this, here is the user voice to place your vote: Keep OneNote Desktop App in Office...

Microsoft End of Life 3rd Party PSTN Audio Conferencing (ACP) for Skype for Business Online April 1, 2019

At the same time as Microsoft seem to be getting more friendly with Telco’s providing user phone services for SfB Online and Microsoft Teams (ThinkTel and Telstra), they have decided to End of Life 3rd parties providing PSTN dial-in conferencing numbers/services for Skype for Business Online on April 1, 2019. This service is called ACP, (certified) Audio Conferencing Providers. Providers have a...

Office 365 will Enforce Mandatory use of TLS 1.2 from October 31, 2018, so Lync Phone Edition (which does not support TLS 1.2) will not be able to Connect to Skype for Business Online

16th April 2018 Update: Microsoft has now confirmed this in an official blog (which was an old blog that has been updated): “Office 365 will enforce TLS 1.2 later this year. Since the underlying operating system of LPE does not support TLS 1.2, LPE will not be able to connect to Office 365 anymore” ” Note this will affect connecting to Skype for Business Online, but also...

Telstra announces 3 User PSTN Calling Plans for Skype for Business Online and Microsoft Teams

Thanks to my friend Greig Sheridan for the Photo from the launch event. The news is now public that Telstra will be offering user phone number plans for Office 365 Phone System, i.e. Skype for Business Online and Microsoft Teams. It looks like it’s initially just for Office 365 tenants homed in Australia. This is a model where you buy Office 365 from Microsoft and buy your “user phone numbers and...

Microsoft Teams IP Desk Phones and Room Phones

More exciting news coming out of Enterprise Connect. Announcements of specific Microsoft Teams IP Phones. Previously, Microsoft announced, that existing Skype for Business certified Phones will be supported on Microsoft Teams. The user experience (user interface) on 3PIP and LPE phones will not change when a user moves to Microsoft Teams. There were some question marks over support of specific...

More Details on Microsoft Teams Direct Routing (Connect your own SBC for PSTN), including Direct Carrier Support

As I talked about on my 5 types of hybrid blog post, the only option to bring your own PSTN carrier to Microsoft Teams will be a model where you connect your own SBC directly to Microsoft Teams/Office 365. This has previously been referred to as “BYOT” (Bring Your Own Trunk) and “Direct Connect”, but has now been more formally announced as “Direct Routing”. In a blog post accompanying...

Microsoft Enterprise Connect Keynote with Bob Davis, Live Stream Wednesday 14th March 10:00 – 10:30 AM ET

After a great week at MVP Summit, I couldn’t really swing getting to Enterprise Connect. Luckily I have some colleagues there and the keynotes are all streamed online. If you want to catch the Microsoft Keynote from Bob Davis, Corporate VP, Office 365 Engineering, Microsoft, you can watch it live here at 10:00 ET: Find your local time here: I’ll be sure to post the news and my reactions on the...

Tom Talks Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business thoughts and news