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The 10 Biggest Microsoft Teams announcements from Microsoft Ignite 2020

Microsoft Ignite is a firehose of news on everything Microsoft. Fortunately, you can catch all of the content on-demand. Here is a PDF with links to all the Teams related sessions. I’ve worked through the content and here are my top 10 Microsoft Teams announcements. Thanks to lots of people in the community for highlighting the big news items too. Stay tuned to my email update for more details on...

Microsoft Teams telephony Survivable Branch Appliances (SBA)

One of the biggest Microsoft Teams telephony news items from Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft partners will be offering Survivable Branch Appliances for Microsoft Teams. These appliances allow telephony to keep working via a PSTN connection to the Survivable Branch Appliance even if the internet/Office 365 connectivity is down. It works with a new Teams mode called Teams Offline mode. On the SBC is a...

Microsoft Teams meeting recordings will now be stored in OneDrive and SharePoint

Possibly the biggest day to day usability improvement news coming from Microsoft Ignite, being able to easily share and manage Microsoft Teams meetings recordings. Today Microsoft Teams recordings are stored in Microsoft Stream. Microsoft Steam doesn’t have any direct external sharing and little admin-level control tools. If you want to share a meeting recording outside of your organisation you...

Customer managed encryption keys coming for Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Office 365 has supported Customer Key since 2017. Customer Key encrypts data at rest in Office 365 with keys the customer\organisation provides. Your data is always encrypted at rest in the Microsoft 365 service with BitLocker and Distributed Key Manager (DKM). This is controlled and managed by Microsoft. Customer Key adds an additional layer of encryption is called service encryption...

Skype for Business Server 2022 confirmed, only be available as a subscription

Lots of news coming out of Microsoft Ignite this week. Thanks to Tobie Fysh my colleague at Modality for this one. Obviously, there is loads of Microsoft Teams news (I have a big backlog of blogs coming), as that is Microsoft’s focus, but there was some Skype for Business news. In the session On Skype for Business? Design your path to Microsoft Teams (23 minutes in), Microsoft confirmed another...

Tom Talks Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365 news and opinions