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Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business thoughts and news

Microsoft Teams PowerShell: Getting All Teams, Changing Team Settings and Adding and Removing Users from Teams

As of Microsoft Teams PowerShell 0.95, you can now get and administer all Microsoft Teams as an Office 365 administrator. Previous to 0.95 release, it only worked for teams the current user running the PowerShell was a member of, which made it too limited for any real administration. First, run PowerShell as a local administrator and install the Module Install-Module -Name MicrosoftTeams ...

Turn on or off Microsoft Teams PSTN Conferencing meeting entry and exit announcements or tones

You may have been on a Teams meeting and heard the rather annoying entry and exit sounds. They can be “+4412343434 has joined the meeting”, or playing the recording name of the joiner or just tones. Announcing out the name or phone number can be important if you are having a highly secure meeting, but mostly I find the entry and exit announcements disrupting to the meeting. Fortunately, you can...

Skype for Business Server 2019, Exchange Server 2019 and SharePoint Server 2019 all Generally Available

Exciting news today, the three new Office Server products are now available to customers on the Volume Licencing Service Center. This is the website where Enterprise Agreement customers can get to their Microsoft software. They are also currently on Visual Studio Subscription (the new name for MSDN). Available are Skype for Business Server 2019- Blog:  Exchange Server 2019- Blog:  SharePoint...

Microsoft Teams are killing T-Bot, new help experience coming

T-Bot was designed to be a text-based bot in Microsoft Teams that users could interact with to ask it questions about how to use Microsoft Teams. Microsoft announced in an Office 365 update that T-Bot will be removed and replaced with a more traditional help system. Now when you ask T-Bot a question it will redirect you to the new help. It links you to the Teams Help center It’s interesting that...

5 Microsoft Teams features being worked on that I’m looking forward to, 5 more I think you should vote for

Microsoft across the board are working in a more agile, customer feedback driven way. This is particularly true of the Teams engineering group. They are constantly soliciting feedback and one of the main ways is User Voice, a public website designed to collect, rank and vote on user ideas and feedback. This is a great site to post your suggestions but also browse, vote and comment on others...

Microsoft Ignite 2018 Session Recordings, Handy YouTube Playlists

Good news, it looks like all the Ignite 2018 recordings have now been made “public” on YouTube and categories into handy playlists Check them out on the Ignite YouTube Channel: Of particular interest for me and followers of this blog will be the Intelligent Communications Sessions Playlist with 57 sessions: Slides for most of the sessions, and links to chat threads about each session are...

Microsoft Ignite – The Tour, covering 17 cities around the world

Microsoft Ignite is over, but there is still hundreds of hours of recorded sessions available at the Microsoft Tech Community. If you didn’t make it, or you did but you are already looking for your next Microsoft tech event fix, Microsoft Ignite is going on tour with 17 regional events, 100+ deep dive sessions and 6 learning paths I’m already looking forward to London on 26th/27th February Find...

Ignite Session Blog: BRK3124 ‘Meetings First’ – Skype for Business on-prem customers can take advantage of Teams Meetings

  This Ignite session wasn’t until the Friday, but for me, it’s one of the biggest Microsoft Teams announcements at Ignite. This unlocks a great way for a lot of existing Skype for Business Server customers to get some of the real Microsoft Teams experience and business benefits today with little change to users workflows. In this session, Francois Doremieux, Program Manager at...

Tom Talks Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business thoughts and news