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Microsoft Teams Rooms get UI update to current Microsoft Teams look and feel

Microsoft Teams Rooms just got a big update, 4.0.105.0 is now rolling out via Windows store. Microsoft’s Sohail Tariq broke it down in a good blog. Here’s my take, mostly a recap of the original blog. Windows store app rebranded to Microsoft Teams Room? This might not make sense to you. They are Microsoft Teams Rooms, right? What’s the rebrand? Well yes, what was “Skype Room System v2” where...

Clarifying Support for Skype for Business Server 2019 Virtualization

Thanks to Corbin Meek, Senior Supportability Program Manager – Teams and Skype for Business at Microsoft for reaching out with an update/clarification. Skype for Business Server 2019 is supported on virtualisation, provided it is deployed in line with the Planning a Lync Server 2013 Deployment on Virtual Servers guidance. Some highlights of the guidance: Do not use processor...

Slack CEO doesn’t see Microsoft Teams as a Threat? That just doesn’t make sense

After Microsoft announced 13 million daily active users for Microsoft Teams, Slack founder and CEO Stewart Butterfield said he’s not worried about the rapid growth of Microsoft Teams. “If it’s based on the bigger distribution [Office 365], I don’t think that’s really a threat,”  said Butterfield at a Brainstorm Tech 2019 Conference (YouTube video) on Monday, reported by CNBC. The CNBC key points...

Key Insights from Microsoft Inspire 2019

Inspire is Microsoft’s conference for partners where they give partners insights and direction on their areas of focus and where they see the opportunities for partners (read, this is what Microsoft would like partners to sell). It’s obviously important to partners, but it also gives a good idea of what areas Microsoft are focusing on. So what were the key areas of focus? Microsoft Azure and AI...

Free Microsoft Teams Cloud Video Interop from Poly, Pexip and BlueJeans!

Well, this escalated quickly, all 3 certified Microsoft Cloud Video Interop vendors are now offering some form of free channel offer. All of the below is to the best of my knowledge/understanding, friends at Poly, Pexip and BlueJeans feel free to correct me or provide additional insights. Poly Cloud Video Interop for Microsoft Teams Offer Poly is offering a single free subscription (channel) on...

Microsoft Teams Out Loud July Podcast: Microsoft Teams to Replace Kaizala

This month’s podcast is jam packed with news and feature updates relating to communication and collaboration platform Microsoft Teams. There are a host of new features to discuss including urgent message functionality and channel team announcements. This Month we cover: Teams will replace Kaizala – blog Teams will get installed into existing pro plus installs – blog Single SBC...

Microsoft certified compliance call recording coming for Microsoft Teams from ASC, NICE and Verint

Easily missed in a blog post touting 13 million Daily Active users, Microsoft formally announced they are working on certified compliance call recording for Microsoft Teams. ASC, NICE, and Verint were the 3 vendors named as working on the program. No further details were given, but it’s great to see this publicly on the roadmap and that some big name providers in the space are working on it with...

Microsoft Teams reaches 13 million Daily Active Users, 19 million Weekly Active Users

In a blog post from Microsoft, for the first time, we have been given a Daily Active User (DAU) number for Microsoft Teams, and Microsoft is going all in with direct comparison to Slack. The blog goes on to plug some latest new features and references, but it’s the DAU and WAU numbers that are significant. Previously we’ve been given active organisations and references of how many organisations...

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