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Lenovo ThinkSmart View $349 Microsoft Teams 8-inch screen Personal Video Endpoint

Exciting news from Lenovo ahead of CES, a new Microsoft Teams Endpoint. The Lenovo ThinkSmart View is a dedicated unit in a similar form factor as smart home assistant displays like the Google Home Hub or Echo Show. In fact, as Jimmy Vaughan points out, the form factor is the same as the Smart Display 8 inch Tablet with the Google Assistant. It’s a dedicated device with an 8-inch touch screen...

Microsoft Teams Out Loud Podcast December 2019

This month on the UC Today Microsoft Teams Out Loud Podcast we talk about – 20 million DAU, but how is it measured? – Microsoft Teams Linux preview – Calling and Meetings on Citrix VDI – SfB Server Cumulative Update 2 Check it out on all your favourite podcast platforms Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts UC Today Website YouTube Spotify BuzzSprout RSS Feed Questions and...

Automatic Microsoft Teams client install for Office 365 Semi-Annual Channel on Jan 14, 2020

Beginning January 14, 2020, the Microsoft Teams client will be automatically added to existing installations for customers on the Semi-Annual Channel. Office 365 ProPlus, the office clients install that comes with Office 365, has a method for administrators to control the pace of feature updates, called update channels. Monthly Channel – Provide users with the newest features of Office as...

Microsoft Teams and Citrix Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) certified support for Calling and Meetings

Good news, after a long time coming, Microsoft Teams calling and meetings (audio, video and sharing) are now available on VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) with Citrix. Microsoft Teams chat and collaboration has been supported in VDI for a long time, and now with the Citrix platform, calling and meeting functionality are also supported. Audio, video and sharing are handled via WebRTC on the...

Microsoft Teams Linux client public preview now available

Long-awaited, the Microsoft Teams Linux client is now available to all in public preview. You can download the native Linux packages in .deb and .rpm formats at Users will be able to install native Linux packages in .deb and .rpm formats. Installing the DEB or RPM package will automatically install the package repository DEB stable main RPMhttps://packages.microsoft.com/yumrepos/ms-teams...

How does Microsoft define Microsoft Teams Active Users?

With big announcements of 13 million Daily Active Users, 19 million Weekly Active Users in July 2019 and then  20 million DAU Microsoft Teams users in November 2019, the question is often asked how does Microsoft define “Active”? Vendors like Slack have thrown some challenges about Microsoft Teams being included with Office 365/Office client install by default, therefore possibly counting...

Slack CEO forecasts 50 million active Microsoft Teams users in the next six months and 100 million within the next year

Interesting comments from Stewart Butterfield, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder at Slack on their quarter 3 earnings call: I want to acknowledge the escalation in competitive narratives. Microsoft has announced that there are now 20 million people using Teams, around 10% of their Office365 user base.   When they first announced the shutdown of Skype for Business, we expected...

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