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Microsoft Teams Monthly Podcast May – Skype for Business Phones and Server Updates

Once again Patrick from UC Today and I are back with the monthly podcast. Check out the podcast on: Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts UCToday Website YouTube Spotify BuzzSprout RSS Feed This month we talk about SfB Server CU9 – SfB Phone update – Automatic hiding of Microsoft Teams not visited in more than 45 Day – Information Barriers – PowerShell module for Teams –...

Moving from Microsoft Teams Islands mode to Teams Only mode, the user experience change

Many customers with Skype for Business are starting with Microsoft Teams in Islands Mode. There is a lot of debate on the pros and cons of Islands mode vs gradual staged feature by feature migration (that’s another blog still in draft), but if a user is a full SfB User (Instant Messaging, Conferencing and PSTN Phone), what’s the experience in Islands and what’s the experience when...

Microsoft Teams Developer Platform Announcements from Build 2019

It’s the Microsoft Build developer show this week and there is a lot of announcements around Microsoft Teams in terms of the opportunities as a developer platform. The following will be available in developer preview and/or released over the next few months: New and improved platform capabilities: Message Actions New and better ways to use bots, including in private chats Simplified...

Information Barriers (Ethical Walls or Chinese walls) in Preview in Microsoft Teams

Some organisations, particularly in finance, have reasons to block communications between certain groups. For example, separating people who make investments from others in the same organisation who are privy to confidential information about those same companies that could improperly influence the investment decisions. Firms are generally required by law to safeguard insider information and...

Skype for Business Server 2015 Cumulative Update 9 (CU9)

Skype for Business Server 2015 Cumulative Update 9 is here This cumulative update includes a defence in depth fix and enables Location-Based Routing to support the Skype for Business mobile clients. It also fixes the following issues: 4490655 Event ID 32011 and Event ID 1000 occur when ASMCU service crashes in Skype for Business Server 2015 4487830 The ability for Skype for Business Server 2015...

Microsoft Teams App Setup Policy – Add or Remove Apps on the Teams Left Rail, including built in Activity, Chat, Teams, Calendar, Calls, Files

A new Microsoft Teams configuration option, App Setup Policy, is being rolled out to tenants. This gives administrators the ability to control which apps show in the “main menu” in Teams, the left rail in the desktop/web client, and the bottom menu and “draw” in the mobile client. Administrators can ‘pin’ non-Microsoft apps, such as third-party apps or company-built internal apps, and can hide...

Tom Arbuthnot speaking at UC Expo London, 15th and 16th May

I’m excited to once again be speaking at UC Expo, this year on both days. Wed 15, May 11:00 am – 11:30 am Thu 16, May 13:40 pm – 14:10 pm   Microsoft Teams in the Real World Microsoft Teams is the fastest growing enterprise application in Microsoft’s history. In this session, Tom Arbuthnot will take you through what Microsoft Teams is without all the marketing and buzzwords...

Find Microsoft Teams teams without an Owner, Teams Admin Center and PowerShell

Each Microsoft Teams team should have an owner, preferably two. Owners have the same abilities as members, but also have the exclusive abilities of: Edit team name/description Delete team Add members (in a private team, in a public team anyone can add members) Equally importantly, owners give IT people who are responsible for the management of a team and it’s content throughout its lifecycle...

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