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Microsoft working on native Linux Microsoft Teams client

There is clearly a customer demand for Teams on Linux. My blogs on Teams on Linux get a fair amount of traffic. Just a few days ago, via user voice, Microsoft confirmed they are working on a native Teams client for Linux. No other detailed were shared, but with Ignite not far away I hope we see some updates then. Great news for the Linux community, who have previously been limited to the browser...

Microsoft Teams Out Loud Podcast September 2019

September’s edition of the Microsoft monthly podcast begins with some further follow up on last month’s big news. The podcast covers some previously uncovered areas of the Skype for Business Online retirement date announcement. We explore how the news impacts, customers and in particular, those that have purchased 3IP Phones. After reviewing the additional Skype info the pod then...

Microsoft Teams Rooms Content Camera to capture Whiteboards

First previewed in March at Enterprise Connect, Microsoft is now rolling this feature out a as part of a Microsoft Teams Rooms Update. You can now connect a second certified webcam from either Logitech or Crestron (rebranded Huddly) pointed at a whiteboard. When you press the Content Camera button it intelligently detects, crops and frames the in-room whiteboard and shares its content with remote...

Microsoft Teams Certified Ceiling Tile Mics and DSPs from Sennheiser, Crestron and Biamp

Noted in the latest Microsoft Teams Room System blog, there was an update on some new certified device types that will really help expand the capability/suitability of Microsoft Teams Rooms for certain scenarios. DSPs (digital signal processor) allows audio processing and mixing and connectivity for various audio devices such as room mics. Ceiling tile mics are an example of the type of device...

Microsoft Teams PSTN Audio Conferencing via Direct Routing for GCC High and GCC DoD

Reference Feature ID 54236 A really interesting Microsoft Teams Roadmap Item has just been listed as in development and for release in August, so basically anytime now. Audio Conferencing is the feature name for adding PSTN phone numbers to your meeting to be able to dial into them on a regular phone, and the ability to dial out from a meeting to a regular phone. Up until this announcement the...

Microsoft Teams South Korea Data Residency

Hot on the heels of announcing local data residency in South Africa, Microsoft have now announced South Korea is another location where customers can have local data residency for Microsoft Teams Beginning on this date, all new Teams customers in South Korea (e.g., new tenants, or first use of Teams) will be served out of the South Korea data centre. For these new customers, files uploaded to a...

Microsoft Teams Out Loud Podcast August: SfB Online End Date, Microsoft Inspire and More

We recorded the podcast for August covering all the latest news from Microsoft’s Inspire partner event, the latest updates on Skype for Business Server 2019 and some new announcements for Teams. Then news dropped that Microsoft announced the retirement date for Skype for Business Online, so we added a quick bonus section to cover the specifics and our thoughts. As always, questions and...

Skype for Business Online 3PIP IP Phones will work with Microsoft Teams until July 31st 2023

Alongside the End of support of Skype for Business Online date of 31st July 2021, Microsoft also announced that “After the Skype for Business Online retirement date of July 31, 2021, users with 3PIP devices who have been migrated over to Teams Only will be able to continue using their 3PIP devices with a limited set of functionalities until July 31, 2023”  Reference, and now the official blog...

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