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Microsoft is building its own Chromium based browser, What does that mean for Microsoft Teams?

Credit to windows central for first reporting on this. It’s as yet unconfirmed by Microsoft. Browsers have an “engine” that render the pages. Microsoft wanted to replace the out-dated Internet Explorer with Edge, a new browser with a new rendering engine known as EdgeHTML. Microsoft Edge was designed to be a newer, faster browser. It hasn’t really had a massive uptake compared to the use of...

New Microsoft Office Icons (or, an evolved visual identity)

Microsoft has updated the Office icons. The new icons will be rolled out in the coming months, replacing the icons that were introduced in 2013. I guess we are due an update.
Here are the new icons. What do you think?
 

An extensive post about the concept here:

Microsoft Teams PowerShell Module 0.9.6

  Microsoft has updated the Microsoft Teams PowerShell module to 0.9.6 The available cmdlets themselves remain the same, but three are 3 changes There is a change in how New-Team behaves. The New-Team –AddCreatorAsMember parameter has been removed.  In its place, there is an optional parameter -Owner.  You can use this –Owner parameter to specify the full userid (e.g. Person1@tenant...

LogiPolytronics? Could Logitech buy Plantronics

  A bit of fun with the name (hat tip to my friend Jonathan McKinney), but it looks like Logitech may be looking to buy Plantronics (who recently bought Polycom) in a report from reuters. This would be interesting from a Microsoft perspective, where Logitech, Plantronics and Polycom have all been long term partners. Update, Nov. 26th: Logitech have confirmed to CNet that they were in talks...

Avoid the “Kittens of Doom” Emoji Attack, patch your Skype for Business clients

A denial of service vulnerability exists in Skype for Business clients. If the attacker sends you a huge amount of emojis, e.g. cute kittens. Depending on the actual amount of kitten emojis, you might notice a short lag in your application (starting with 100 emojis). When receiving about 800 kittens at once, your Skype for Business client will stop responding for a few seconds. If a sender...

6 reasons you should have a workplace social network like Yammer

In terms of business value, I think internal workplace social networks are one of the most underrated tools available. Sometimes called “enterprise social network” (ESN) or “workplace social software” (Gartner), at the highest level, you can think of this as a closed Facebook for the enterprise. In Microsoft’s world, that is typically Yammer. But this article is less...

Microsoft automatically upgrading some small Office 365 tenants from Skype for Business Online to Microsoft Teams

Thanks to Mark Eckert, Hadrien-Nessim Socard and others over at the Microsoft Tech Communities forums for highlighting this with screenshots below. Fellow MVP Darrell Webster, one of the great Regarding 365 team also did a video overview of the situation, he saw the automatic upgrade notification on his tenant. I’ll post more details as I have then, but it appears that some “small” (possibly sub...

Oracle and TE-SYSTEMS anynode on track to be certified for Microsoft Teams Direct Routing

  Microsoft Direct Routing became generally available at the end of June. It allows you, or your favourite service provider, to deploy a certified Session Border Controller and connect any telephony carrier (SIP Provider) or to connect and interoperate with your existing enterprise phone system. AudioCodes and Ribbon are the currently certified Session Border Controllers if you want to host...

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