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Microsoft Kaizala, (another) mobile group chat app, being made available to Office 365 commercial plans worldwide

Microsoft Kaizala is essentially a Whatsapp clone. A mobile only (iOS and Andorid) group chat app, where anyone can join any group and identity is tied to phone numbers. Kaizala is focused on mobile first/only workers, more common in developing countries that may not have lots of PC’s and fixed internet connections, but do have mobiles and mobile coverage. There is a fee version available...

What is Microsoft Teams, without the buzzwords and jargon

Explaining Microsoft Teams succinctly can be tricky. It has a lot of functionality and functionality overlap between features. Often a lot of jargon is used in explanations. Forrester referrers to apps in this space as “Enterprise Team Messaging Apps”, Gartner calls this product category “Workstream Collaboration” (WSC). Here is how I try to break it down. Microsoft Teams is an Office...

Microsoft releases Skype for Business Server 2019 Debugging Tools

Credit to Guy Bachar for catching this one, Microsoft have released the Skype for Business Server 2019, Debugging Tools
Skype for Business Server 2019, Debugging Tools is a collection of additional tools for use by IT Admins to aid in troubleshooting Skype for Business Server 2019 deployments. The collection of tools include:


Download here

Microsoft retiring the Microsoft Teams Win 10 S app effective November 29, 2018

In an interesting direction, Microsoft are “retiring” the Microsoft Teams for Windows 10 S (Preview) app in the Microsoft Store, effective November 29, 2018. This is the Progressive Web App/Hybrid Web App version of the Teams client. When this change is implemented, the Microsoft Teams for Windows 10 S (Preview) app will no longer be available to install and will no longer function if currently...

Sharing a Microsoft Teams Meeting Recording with people outside your company

Microsoft Teams has a great cloud meeting recording feature. You just hit record and the meeting is recorded in the cloud and added to Microsoft Stream (think enterprise YouTube) and permission it so that those in the meeting can access it…. provided they are within the company (the Office 365 tenant). Unfortunately, Stream can’t currently share videos to either specifically named external users...

Microsoft Teams Monthly Podcast: Skype for Business Server 2019, Org Wide Teams, death of T-Bot

  Catch this months Microsoft Teams Monthly Podcast I do with Patrick Watson at UCToday The main news is that Skype for Business Server 2019 is now generally available from Microsoft. The latest edition doesn’t offer a huge amount in terms of new features but is still a crucial platform for many customers worldwide. There is also the usual raft of Microsoft Teams updates, including...

Microsoft no longer enforcing TLS 1.2 in Office 365 from October 31st 2018

In an interesting change of plan, originally Microsoft said in their KB that: “In line with security best practices, and for very good reasons as Microsoft explain in their advisory, Microsoft is moving Office 365 to mandatory TLS 1.2.”   Now the same KB article has been updated on October 24th and says: “ As of October 31, 2018, Office 365 will no longer support TLS 1.0 and 1.1. This means...

Webinar: Measuring the value of Microsoft Teams digital teamwork, 14th November

On 14th November I’m doing a webinar with my colleague Justin Morris on measuring the business value of Microsoft Teams. How do you measure and drive a successful Microsoft Teams deployment? We will cover what you can get out of the box with Office 365, and then dive into our PowerBI based Teamwork Analytics reporting product. Teamwork Analytics pulls all the usage information from Microsoft...

Tom Talks Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business thoughts and news