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Microsoft Teams will replace Kaizala in Office 365 in 12 to 18 months

In April we heard from Microsoft that  Kaizala will become part of Microsoft Teams: “we will be bringing Kaizala capabilities into Microsoft Teams as an integrated offering. We expect the integration to happen in phases over the next 12-18 months, and we will provide more details about the Kaizala and Teams integration roadmap later this quarter” In April I noted, The Microsoft blog mentions...

Existing Office 365 ProPlus Installs to get Microsoft Teams Automatically from July

Office 365 ProPlus is the name for the Office desktop applications suite which comes are part of the Office 365 subscription. There is no change to new or existing installations of Office 2019, the “boxed”/non-subscription version. I reported in January that Microsoft Teams will be installed by default for new installations of Office 365 Business SKU, then in February Microsoft Teams will be...

Microsoft Teams in Two days at Microsoft Reactor London, 9th and 10th July

My friends who run the Evolve Conference have a great event coming up in London, Evolve Conference on Tour: Teams in two days Day 1 – Teams Groundwork 9.00 -10.30 – Session 1 – Teams where we are today – (Jason Wynn / Steve Goodman / Ben Lee) 11.00 – 12.15 – Session 2 – Managing your users for Teams (Brian Reid) 12.15 – 13.15 – Lunch! 13.15...

3 Types of Microsoft Teams Private Message, Standard, Important and now Urgent

  With private chat, standard chat messages appear to the recipient with one toast/notification. Making as important adds a red exclamation point next to your message and prefixes it with the word “IMPORTANT!”. Sometimes a message can be answered whenever, it needs immediate attention. Take healthcare for example, urgent messages need a response. Enter new Teams Priority...

Skype for Business Server, Exchange Server and SharePoint Server 2019 Mainstream support extended by 3 months to January 2024

Thanks to my friend Max Sanna for the heads up on this one. Indeed Max is right. The original end of mainstream support date for SfB Server 2019 was 2023, the normal 5 years of mainstream support (traditionally it was 5 years mainstream, 5 years extended). The intent was Office 2019 (client and server) would move to a 5 + 2 model Reference: Information about SharePoint On-Premises 2019 Now we are...

Microsoft Teams Apps Certification Program leveraging Microsoft Cloud App Security SaaS app catalog

How do you know if a Microsoft Teams App meets your organisation’s security requirements? Microsoft Teams allowed hundreds of third-party application integrations that extend, expand and integrate into the Teams experience in all kinds of powerful ways, but how is an organisation to know which meet their security standards and requirements. It could be a full-time job to go and understand...

Microsoft Teams Voice Routing Diagram from Doug Lawty

If you are in the Microsoft voice space, odds are you know the name Doug Lawty. Doug has been working with Microsoft voice-related products and services for over 10 of his 18 years at Microsoft. An instructor for the late Microsoft Certified Master program, he has all sorts of arcane Lync voice knowledge stored by the power of his beard. At the recent Comms vNext conference (great conference, I...

Where in the world will my Microsoft Teams meeting be hosted?

People (well, very technical people ) are often interested to understand where in the world their Microsoft Teams meeting will be physically hosted, or, to use an older term, where in the world the MCU (Multipoint Control Unit, the thing in conferencing that mixes all the streams together) is located. This is interesting as connectivity can impact conference performance and generally speaking...

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