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Outlook on iOS and Android, with more than 100 million users, can now directly schedule Microsoft Teams meetings

As reported as coming soon in March, Outlook app in iPhone/iPad and Android can now directly schedule Microsoft Teams meetings. It will either default to scheduling Skype for Business or Microsoft Teams meetings depending on which user mode you are in.   User mode Meetings solution in Outlook mobile Teams Only Teams Skype for Business with Teams Collaboration and Meetings* Teams Skype for...

Tom Arbuthnot speaking at Comms vNext, June 5th and 6th 2019 Denver

I’m really excited about this one. It’s a fully focused community driven Microsoft IC/UC focused Conference & Exhibition run by 4 great MVP’s and friends. June 5th and 6th 2019 Denver, Colorado. This is really focused on just what you want to know if you are in the Microsoft Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams space. The speaker line up crazy, with a great mix of Microsoft and community...

Microsoft Teams Roadmap Watch: Music On Hold, Share System Audio, 100 person private chat and 3 more

It’s always interesting to keep an eye on the Microsoft 365 roadmap to see what is coming for Microsoft Teams. Recently a number of interesting features got posted as in development. Microsoft Teams: Music on Hold A common telephony feature. No detail on which clients will support this (desktop, web, mobile, IP Phones) Microsoft Teams – Share system audio in a Teams meeting Often users want...

Poly, Crestron and Yealink Video Phones Coming to Microsoft Teams

An interesting development at Enterprise Connect, that didn’t get a great deal of press, was the early showcasing of IP video phones for Microsoft Teams. The Poly CCX 700, Crestron Flex P250 and Yealink VP59 will all offer natives Microsoft Teams video calling. Poly CCX 700 will come with a 7-inch multitouch screen and integrated 1080p HD built-in camera. It can also be purchases with a bundled...

Microsoft Teams Monthly Podcast May – Skype for Business Phones and Server Updates

Once again Patrick from UC Today and I are back with the monthly podcast. Check out the podcast on: Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts UCToday Website YouTube Spotify BuzzSprout RSS Feed This month we talk about SfB Server CU9 – SfB Phone update – Automatic hiding of Microsoft Teams not visited in more than 45 Day – Information Barriers – PowerShell module for Teams –...

Moving from Microsoft Teams Islands mode to Teams Only mode, the user experience change

Many customers with Skype for Business are starting with Microsoft Teams in Islands Mode. There is a lot of debate on the pros and cons of Islands mode vs gradual staged feature by feature migration (that’s another blog still in draft), but if a user is a full SfB User (Instant Messaging, Conferencing and PSTN Phone), what’s the experience in Islands and what’s the experience when...

Microsoft Teams Developer Platform Announcements from Build 2019

It’s the Microsoft Build developer show this week and there is a lot of announcements around Microsoft Teams in terms of the opportunities as a developer platform. The following will be available in developer preview and/or released over the next few months: New and improved platform capabilities: Message Actions New and better ways to use bots, including in private chats Simplified...

Information Barriers (Ethical Walls or Chinese walls) in Preview in Microsoft Teams

Some organisations, particularly in finance, have reasons to block communications between certain groups. For example, separating people who make investments from others in the same organisation who are privy to confidential information about those same companies that could improperly influence the investment decisions. Firms are generally required by law to safeguard insider information and...

Tom Talks Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365 Collaboration news and opinions