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LogiPolytronics? Could Logitech buy Plantronics

  A bit of fun with the name (hat tip to my friend Jonathan McKinney), but it looks like Logitech may be looking to buy Plantronics (who recently bought Polycom) in a report from reuters. This would be interesting from a Microsoft perspective, where Logitech, Plantronics and Polycom have all been long term partners. Update, Nov. 26th: Logitech have confirmed to CNet that they were in talks...

Avoid the “Kittens of Doom” Emoji Attack, patch your Skype for Business clients

A denial of service vulnerability exists in Skype for Business clients. If the attacker sends you a huge amount of emojis, e.g. cute kittens. Depending on the actual amount of kitten emojis, you might notice a short lag in your application (starting with 100 emojis). When receiving about 800 kittens at once, your Skype for Business client will stop responding for a few seconds. If a sender...

6 reasons you should have a workplace social network like Yammer

  In terms of business value, I think internal workplace social networks are one of the most underrated tools available. Sometimes called “enterprise social network” (ESN) or “workplace social software” (Gartner), at the highest level, you can think of this as a closed Facebook for the enterprise. In Microsoft’s world, that is typically Yammer. But this article...

Microsoft automatically upgrading some small Office 365 tenants from Skype for Business Online to Microsoft Teams

Thanks to Mark Eckert, Hadrien-Nessim Socard and others over at the Microsoft Tech Communities forums for highlighting this with screenshots below. Fellow MVP Darrell Webster, one of the great Regarding 365 team also did a video overview of the situation, he saw the automatic upgrade notification on his tenant. I’ll post more details as I have then, but it appears that some “small” (possibly sub...

Oracle and TE-SYSTEMS anynode on track to be certified for Microsoft Teams Direct Routing

  Microsoft Direct Routing became generally available at the end of June. It allows you, or your favourite service provider, to deploy a certified Session Border Controller and connect any telephony carrier (SIP Provider) or to connect and interoperate with your existing enterprise phone system. AudioCodes and Ribbon are the currently certified Session Border Controllers if you want to host...

Customising your Microsoft Teams collab workspaces visibility and notifications on desktop and mobile

Microsoft Teams offers you a number of ways to customise and control how you see and engage with your Teams collab workspaces (teams) and channels. Global Notification Control and Customisation At a global level, you customise your notifications: Each type of action can be customised with some combination of (depending on the activity) Banner Banner and email Only show in feed Off Banner is what...

Microsoft Teams Academy for IT Pros Training Videos on YouTube

  Microsoft have produced a series of Teams Academy for IT Pro’s videos to help IT Pro’s get up to speed on the various concepts in Microsoft Teams. You can check them out here: Playlist: Videos: Teams Foundations Windows Desktop Client Introduction to Meetings in Microsoft Teams Introduction into Phone System Direct Routing Teams Journey – Upgrading Skype for Business to Teams Part 1 | Part...

Microsoft Kaizala, (another) mobile group chat app, being made available to Office 365 commercial plans worldwide

Microsoft Kaizala is essentially a Whatsapp clone. A mobile only (iOS and Andorid) group chat app, where anyone can join any group and identity is tied to phone numbers. Kaizala is focused on mobile first/only workers, more common in developing countries that may not have lots of PC’s and fixed internet connections, but do have mobiles and mobile coverage. There is a fee version available...

Tom Talks Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business thoughts and news