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Outlook mobile to support scheduling Microsoft Teams Meetings, when it makes sense

Last week (21st Feb 2019) Microsoft announced that the Outlook mobile app will support creating and joining native Teams meetings. That sounds great, but the announcement was slightly odd: Every Outlook mobile scheduled meeting will be a Teams meeting? “If your organization is enabled for both Skype for Business and Teams, the option to create Teams meetings will replace the option to create...

Microsoft Teams Meetings Button/app will be replaced with more functional Calendar app in March

Microsoft Teams has a number of Buttons/Features/Sections on the left-hand rail. Microsoft refers to these as “apps”, even though they are built-in features. The “Meetings” Button is being replaced with a “Calendar” button. To me, this makes a log of sense. “Meetings” was really a cut-down version of your calendar anyway (you could basically only see the day ahead to join meetings), and the fact...

Tom, you say you love Teams, why is your webinar on GoToWebinar

Modality has an upcoming webinar on Using Microsoft Teams for Telephony and Conferencing in 2019. Someone registered and asked why is a webinar about using Teams for your conferencing needs on GoToMeeting (GoToWebinar is a specific version of GoToMeeting which is owned by LogMeIn). It’s a fair question, so I thought I would answer it directly. Microsoft Teams is a great conference platform for...

Blocking and Filtering Giphys in Microsoft Teams, why do IT spoil all the fun?

Using GIF’s in messaging has been popular in consumer messaging platforms for some time, allowing for a quick, emotive and often funny response. Personally, I am a fan, I think they add a bit of light-hearted fun and boost engagement. Slack first brought this into the more enterprise/business space, it was a  popular plugin that they added as core default functionality. Microsoft Teams also has...

Microsoft Teams device news from ISE

I didn’t get to Integrated Systems Europe in Amsterdam this year, but fortunately, I got the news from the key vendors so here is a quick rundown. Logitech Tap for Microsoft Teams Rooms Logitech Room Solution Packages for Teams Rooms include all necessary components in one package: the Logitech Tap 10.1 inch touch controller, HDMI input for content sharing, a Logitech conferencecam system, and a...

Presence Status API coming for Microsoft Teams, targeted for H2 CY2019

In Skype for Business, there are client-side “hooks” developers can use to get your presence. These have been used for different desktop side integrations, arguably the most popular being “Busy Lights” or “Status Lights” These are lights users have on their desks so people can see their presence at a glance in the Office.   Unfortunately, Microsoft Teams offers no such client-side or service side...

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...

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