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New Microsoft Teams Partner Advanced Specializations: Calling and Teamwork Deployment

As Microsoft Teams continues to rapidly grow, Microsoft has announced two new Microsoft Partner Advanced Specializations. Microsoft award partners with “competencies”, such as a gold partner in X, then on top, “Advanced Specializations”. A competency measures a partner’s broad technical capability in a Microsoft product or technology. An advanced specialization measures more in-depth capabilities...

UC Today Microsoft Teams Monthly Podcast May 2020

Every month I do a Microsoft Teams New Update Podcast/YouTube with UC Today. May is a bumper month for news and features! New Business Voice SKU Custom Backgrounds 3×3 Video Hands up feature Improved meeting join webpage New IP Phone firmware Direct media optimisation New Teams Consumer version Live events Yammer Communities / Yammer app Security and control improvements Microsoft Teams rooms now...

Microsoft Teams: 75M DAU, 200M Daily Meeting Participants, 4.1B Daily Minutes

Microsoft had their Q3 2020 earning call yesterday and announced more impressive Microsoft Teams growth figures. Microsoft even held the earnings call on Teams, nice to see them betting on their own platform for an event so important to them. Previously they had outsourced to an events company. Microsoft reported 75M Daily Unique Active Users, up 70% from 44M six weeks ago. 200M Daily Meeting...

Understanding and Reporting on Office 365 Guest Accounts and External members in Microsoft 365

What is the difference between Microsoft 365 and Office 365? Originally Office 365 was the name for Microsoft’s cloud Office apps (e.g. the Office apps, Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.) and services (SharePoint, OneDrive, Microsoft Teams) suite and Microsoft 365 was a bundle that included Office 365, Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility and Security products. However recently Microsoft has been...

Controlling Microsoft Teams Guest Access on a per team basis

Microsoft Teams allows people external to the tenant, “guests” to be added to the team. This is called “guest access”. Guest access is different from “external access” (previously called federation), where a user on tenant A can have a 1:1 chat, voice or video call to a user in tenant B. By default, guest access is turned off on Office 365 tenants. Enabling Guest Access in Microsoft Teams and...

Full Yammer experience in Microsoft Teams with Yammer Communities App

I am a big fan of most organisations having a workplace social platform, especially at times like these where lots of people are remote working for the first time and people need connection and communication. Here are my 6 reasons you should have a workplace social network, I won’t repeat them here. I can appreciate how some people can get confused between Teams and Yammer and/or feel they...

New features coming in Microsoft Teams IP Phones Firmware Update April 2020

This update will be rolling this out to Teams phone in mid-April 2020, It will be completed by early May. It adds the following features: Redesigned calls app user interface with favourites (speed dial) Custom ringtones Managing delegates Support auto-dial for extension dialing Device management updates to support device categorization in Teams Admin Center This updates the Teams application...

4 new features enhancing Microsoft Teams meeting security and control

With the massive growth in online meting usage due to world events, online meeting security and best practices have been making headline news. Here are 4 features and changes coming to Microsoft Teams to further enhance security. Default to lobby for external and PSTN meeting joiners Microsoft Teams has a lobby function. Today it is disabled by default, and per meeting, organizers can choose to...

Tom Talks Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365 news and opinions