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Yealink VC210 Microsoft Teams Collab Bar Hands On

Yealink kindly sent me a VC210 Microsoft Teams collaboration bar to test. Collaboration bars are a brand-new Microsoft certified device category for Microsoft Teams, focused on smaller meeting spaces like focus rooms, huddle spaces, rooms designed for one to five people. These devices are hitting a lower price point, the list price is $1,299. At the higher end, it might also be considered for the...

Teams Islands mode Users, set Outlook to only schedule Microsoft Teams meetings

Putting users in Islands mode has massively increased as organizations with Skype for Business have quickly moved to leverage Microsoft Teams as part of their Business Continuity Plan (BCP). Lots have been encouraging users to use Microsoft Teams for meetings. By default, in islands mode, users have the choice of scheduling in Microsoft Teams or Skype for Business. A new policy rolling out now...

Microsoft Teams Media Optimisation on Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) VDI Public Preview

We already have Microsoft Teams with Audio, Video and Sharing on Citrix, now we have the public preview for Microsoft’s own VDI solution, Windows Virtual Desktop. Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is a virtualization technology that hosts a desktop operating system and applications on a centralized server in a data centre. Windows Virtual Desktop is Microsoft’s VDI offer from Azure. With media...

Microsoft Teams Monthly Podcast June 2020

This month on the UC Today Microsoft Teams Monthly Podcast we discuss

Microsoft policy-based recording API
Microsoft Teams news from Build
Microsoft buys Metaswitch
Facebook buys Giphy
Commsverse Online July 6th – 9th

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Microsoft 365 Licence Plan vs SKU vs Service Plan vs GUID vs String ID

Unsurprisingly, Microsoft licensing terminology can be quite complicated. When you start looking at Microsoft 365 Licences in PowerShell or Microsoft Graph it can get confusing. Microsoft will refer to the “E bundles” as “Plans” in their marketing. But the Office 365 Portal will refer to the same bundle as a “Licence”. Which is the “Licence Plan” Then it will refer to...

Feed Microsoft Teams participant video into OBS, Wirecast, Xsplit and StreamLabs with coming NDI support

Microsoft Teams is a great collaboration platform, but it’s often used for much one than that. One use case is recording podcasts/vodcasts or even professional TV production. Today what you can do is relatively limited. For example, I record my monthly UC Today podcast on Microsoft Teams, we use the native Teams experience, natively recorded in Stream. Then it is given a simple overlay in...

Team Templates coming to Microsoft Teams

An exciting and much-requested feature, Microsoft Teams will now include a default team template experience right in the team creation UI and managed through the Teams Admin Center (TAC). I know this is a popular feature as Modality (where I work) have our own third party app for doing this, CreateTeam. Other third parties also have creation and team lifecycle management tools. Microsoft has had...

Microsoft Teams Policy-based compliance recording API is now Generally Available

Exciting news in Microsoft Teams, the updateRecordingStatus API, the Graph API that enables policy/compliance-based session recording, is now generally available. This API allows you to apply a policy to a Microsoft Teams user that enabled a bot to join all of their Microsoft Teams calls and meetings and enable a recording to meet various regulatory requirements. Since this is service-based, it...

Tom Talks Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365 news and opinions