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Webinar 28th February: Using Microsoft Teams for Telephony and Conferencing in 2019

Hi all, It’s Modality webinar time again. I promise the intent is to be 90% useful and 10% sales and marketing Teams is blowing up for workplace collaboration and the conversation I’m having most at the moment with customers is how to move to conferencing and telephony and what are the important considerations in doing this. In this session I will cover: Understanding the capabilities within...

Call Analytics and Auto-Attendants & Call Queues Administration moving into the Teams Admin Center

Skype for Business Online and Teams Administration if currently split over 2 web portals, the new Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business Admin Center at and the legacy Skype for Business admin center. The plan is to drive all functionality into the new admin center. Call Analytics and Call Quality Dashboard Online are also folding into the new admin centre. Call Analytics As part of that process...

Skype for Business for Mac v16.24 Released

New Features Share your screen when in a call or chat with a user on Teams – When in a conversation with someone using Teams, Skype for Business will help you start an ad hoc meeting so you can share your screen. Show single window for conversations with the same user – When enabled all messages from a user or group of users will be displayed in the same top-level window when Show...

Microsoft Teams Exams: Microsoft 365 Certified: Teamwork Administrator Associate

I’ve been asked by a few people when will there be exams for Microsoft Teams. There are some options, both edX and some new beta exams. edX Online Courses Firstly there are two good edX courses you can take: Enabling Teamwork with Microsoft Teams – Intended for IT professionals that manage an Office 365 deployment. Enable users for Microsoft Teams Configure Microsoft Teams Configure audio...

Why wont Microsoft Sell Office 365 Business / Business Premium PSTN Audio Conferencing or Phone System?

Office 365 has many different subscription options, sometimes referred to as service plans or SKU’s (Stock Keeping Unit, a retail term for a specific unique product code). These are bundles of services targeted at different business sizes, use cases and sometimes specific verticals like Education or Government. Here is a complete list on docs.microsoft.com. You can also buy some standalone...

5 Oracle Session Border Controllers now certified for Microsoft Teams Direct Routing

Oracle is the 4th vendor to be certified for Microsoft Teams Direct routing (5th technically, but enterprises can’t buy Thinktel’s carrier SBC)
The Oracle AP 3900, AP 4600, aP 6300, AP 6350 and Virtual Machine Edition (VME) are all now certified. As with all SBC’s, they are pending for Media Bypass.

Note Acme Packet is the company Oracle acquired.

Reference Oracle PDF
 

Skype Room System rebranded to Microsoft Teams Rooms

Long expected, and not a huge surprise, Skype Room Systems have been rebranded as Microsoft Teams Rooms The rebrand aligns to some new features becoming available: Support for dual screens Companion experiences with mobile, to join your devices in content-only mode. Coming soon is Proximity detection, the ability for a PC teams client to “know” you are in a room equipped with Microsoft Teams Room...

Skype Room Systems V2 now support TLS 1.2, but LRS Systems are end of support will not support TLS 1.2

When Microsoft originally announced moving Office 365 to enforce TLS 1.2, one of the blockers was Skype Room Systems using only TLS 1.0 or 1.1. The latest date Microsoft moving to TLS 1.2 is now February 28th 2019. Skype Room Systems v2 Good news on the Skype Room System v2 front. Skype Room System V2 software supports TLS 1.2 protocol since December 14, 2018, with app version 4.0.64.0. Enabling...

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