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Microsoft Teams will be installed by default for new installations of Office 365 Business SKU

Thanks to Nicolas BROISIN for calling this change out. Starting with Version 1901, which it looks like will be the monthly Office release for February, Microsoft Teams will be installed a default part of Office 365 Business. Office 365 Business is a specific version of Office 365 subscription for businesses of up to 300 users. The Microsoft documentation doesn’t say explicitly but I would imagine...

Microsoft Teams hiding the Calling app from the left rail for non Phone System (Enterprise Voice) Users

Microsoft explains they have noticed “an increased number of users without Enterprise Voice licenses (odd language, the Office 365 Licence is “Phone System”) attempt to make PSTN calls. This is occurring because these users can see clickable phone numbers in the Calling App.” Microsoft has some internal language where they talk about the “left rail” where the difference function buttons are and...

Microsoft Office finally moving 64-bit by default

Since Office 2010, Microsoft has offered a 32-bit install and a 64-bit Office install. You might think the 32-bit version was for 32-bit Windows and the 64-bit for 64-bit windows, but 64-bit windows can run actually run 32-bit Office fine, It was initially recommended to run 32-bit Office as all the Office plugins were typically written for 32-bit, you were only recommended to run 64-bit if you...

Microsoft named a 2018 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for both Unified Communications and UCaaS

Gartner explains, “The Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice is a recognition of vendors in this market by verified end-user professionals, taking into account both the number of reviews and the overall user ratings.” To ensure fair evaluation, Gartner maintains rigorous criteria for recognizing vendors with a high customer satisfaction rate. Reviews are spread across many verticals including...

New Office 365 Meeting Room System Licence Subscription for Microsoft Teams and Skype Room Systems

This new subscription includes the Office 365 licenses required to enable cloud voice services on a meeting room device. It is designed specifically for meeting room systems and is a licence for devices only. It is $15 per device per month and includes the following: Microsoft Teams Skype for Business Online Plan 2 Phone System (the right for the device to be a phone, still requires a calling...

Skype for Business Online Microsoft PSTN Conferencing behaviour change, at least one authenticated user required for PSTN dial out

A change in the way Skype for Business Online with Microsoft PSTN Conferencing behaves. Today, meeting guests (unauthenticated users) are able to add people to the meeting by dialling out to them via PSTN, even if no company authenticated users are in the meeting. This is curious as it could lead to anyone joining the bridge (discovering a meeting URL for example), dialling out and incurring a...

4 Microsoft Teams Role Based Access Control (RBAC) administrator roles

Something we relied on in Skype for Business Server was RBAC to give permissions for those who need them without giving “god mode” to everyone. Fortunately, Microsoft Teams does have a number of RBAC roles. 4 new roles have just been enabled. Teams Service Administrator: The overall Teams workload admin, who can also manage and create O365 Groups. This role has access to all the controls...

Microsoft Teams Monthly Podcast: My three predictions for Microsoft Teams in 2019

In this months Microsoft Teams Monthly podcast with UCToday, Patrick and I discuss the latest Microsoft Teams news and I make 3 predictions for Microsoft Teams in 2019. Patrick does his best to tempt me into making some outlandish predictions and asks some tricky questions around what is coming in the future. You can catch the podcast on: UCToday Website Itunes Spotify BuzzSprout RSS Feed What...

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