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Microsoft cancel including calling plans in E5 due to ‘rapidly evolving market conditions’

Only weeks after it was announced and before it was due to be available, Microsoft has cancelled adding 120 minute PSTN domestic calling plans to E5 and A5 for 8 countries. Microsoft says it’s due to “rapidly evolving market conditions”. Thanks to my friend Randy Chapman for the heads up. They must have been very rapidly evolving indeed to change in a matter of weeks. I can’t see any customers...

Microsoft Teams Walkie Talkie push-to-talk feature now in public preview

Microsoft Teams Walkie Talkie is now in public preview. This push-to-talk experience for Android devices turns them into walkie-talkies for instant voice communications. Like traditional walkie talkies, you press and hold a button to speak on the Teams Walkie Talkie, and release the button to listen. It’s simply an app in within the Microsoft Teams mobile app. Walkie Talkie app is included in all...

Understanding Microsoft Teams Rooms Standard vs. Premium

Microsoft has launched and branded its Microsoft Teams Rooms remote service Microsoft Teams Rooms Premium. This is what you might have heard of in preview as Managed Meeting Rooms Service. In addition, they have now branded what was previously just Microsoft Teams Rooms licence as Microsoft Teams Rooms standard. Microsoft Teams Rooms Standard – list price $15 per month Microsoft Teams Rooms...

Avaya Session Border Controllers will be certified for Microsoft Teams Direct Routing

Hot on the heels of Cisco who have certified a number of their session border controllers for Microsoft Teams Direct Routing, we now get official news that some Avaya Session Border Controllers will be certified for Microsoft Teams Direct Routing in 2020 Q3. This will mean customers with these Avaya SBC’s will be able to leverage them to directly connect to a PSTN carrier and to interop PSTN...

Join Cisco Webex meetings from Microsoft Teams Rooms with direct guest join

We’ve been waiting for this since the announcement at Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft Teams Rooms Update 4.5.33.0 (07/20/2020) introduces a lot of new features including the ability to join Cisco Webex meetings: Introduced in this update: Join Cisco Webex meetings from Teams Rooms with direct guest join Teams Admin Center enablement and auto-enrollment Windows 10 1909 release support Switch to video...

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