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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...

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...

Tom Talks Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365 Collaboration news and opinions