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Skype for Business Server 2019 Modern Admin Control Panel (MACP) now GA

While we’re close to the end of Skype for Business Online (retiring 31st July 2021), Skype for Business server lives on for those who want/need it, with Skype for Business Server extended support until 2025 and Skype for Business Server 2022 confirmed. One challenge Skype for Business Server has is that its control panel uses Silverlight technology, which will reach the end of support on October...

EPOS Intelligent speaker for Microsoft Teams Rooms with speaker identification for transcriptions

Technology first previewed at Build 2018 and talked about as a coming device at Ignite 2020, Microsoft Teams Intelligent Speakers are a new category of device to connect to Microsoft Teams Rooms. EPOS (a joint venture between Sennheiser and Demant A/S) has launched the first one (shipping April), the EXPAND Capture 5, Yealink are also due to launch an Intelligent speaker. This is a USB...

Microsoft Teams Desktop first in new Microsoft App Vulnerability Bounty Program, awards up to $30,000

Microsoft has introduced a new Application Bounty Program that invites researchers to identify vulnerabilities in specific Microsoft apps and share them with Microsoft. Qualified submissions are eligible for bounty rewards from $500 to $30,000 USD. The first, and at the moment only app, in this new program is Microsoft Teams desktop client. It’s not very clear but I would assume this is the...

Understanding Microsoft Viva, Features, Timelines and Pricing

Microsoft Viva was first announced in February 2021. Now we have a bit more detail about it. Here is a quick breakdown of what we know so far. Microsoft Viva is a brand name for a family of products or modules. Microsoft positions Viva as an Employee Experience Platform (EXP). Employee Experience Platform is described as bringing together tools for employee communications, wellbeing, learning and...

Microsoft Teams news from Microsoft Ignite 2021

In this update, we talk about all the Microsoft Teams news from Microsoft Ignite 2021, and there was a lot: Microsoft Operator Connect Calling Plans in 8 new countries Teams Webinars PowerPoint Live and Dynamic view Teams Connect – Shared channels E2E encryption Increased integration for Teams and Dynamics Viva Microsoft ACS update Mixed reality meetings with Microsoft Mesh & HoloLens...

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