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Feed Microsoft Teams participant video into OBS, Wirecast, Xsplit and StreamLabs with coming NDI support

Microsoft Teams is a great collaboration platform, but it’s often used for much one than that. One use case is recording podcasts/vodcasts or even professional TV production. Today what you can do is relatively limited. For example, I record my monthly UC Today podcast on Microsoft Teams, we use the native Teams experience, natively recorded in Stream. Then it is given a simple overlay in...

Team Templates coming to Microsoft Teams

An exciting and much-requested feature, Microsoft Teams will now include a default team template experience right in the team creation UI and managed through the Teams Admin Center (TAC). I know this is a popular feature as Modality (where I work) have our own third party app for doing this, CreateTeam. Other third parties also have creation and team lifecycle management tools. Microsoft has had...

Microsoft Teams Policy-based compliance recording API is now Generally Available

Exciting news in Microsoft Teams, the updateRecordingStatus API, the Graph API that enables policy/compliance-based session recording, is now generally available. This API allows you to apply a policy to a Microsoft Teams user that enabled a bot to join all of their Microsoft Teams calls and meetings and enable a recording to meet various regulatory requirements. Since this is service-based, it...

Automatic firmware updates coming for Microsoft Teams Phones

In the world of the cloud most devices now magically auto-update. We’re used to devices like Amazon Echo and Google Nest just being up to date, but how about an organisations phones? This option is now coming to Microsoft Teams. The Teams Admin Center enables management and updating of Microsoft Teams IP Phones today. For each update, an administrator has to approve it and either push it straight...

Understanding and Reporting on Office 365 Guest Accounts and External members in Microsoft 365

What is the difference between Microsoft 365 and Office 365? Originally Office 365 was the name for Microsoft’s cloud Office apps (e.g. the Office apps, Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.) and services (SharePoint, OneDrive, Microsoft Teams) suite and Microsoft 365 was a bundle that included Office 365, Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility and Security products. However recently Microsoft has been...

Full Yammer experience in Microsoft Teams with Yammer Communities App

I am a big fan of most organisations having a workplace social platform, especially at times like these where lots of people are remote working for the first time and people need connection and communication. Here are my 6 reasons you should have a workplace social network, I won’t repeat them here. I can appreciate how some people can get confused between Teams and Yammer and/or feel they...

Understanding PSTN Dial-In Audio Conferencing with Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is one product, but depending on what licences/SKU (Stock Keeping Unit) you have different features may be enabled or disabled. By default, Microsoft Teams comes with the ability to schedule or do ad-hoc online meetings (sometimes called conference calls or web conferences) for up to 250 people. This includes the ability to do VoIP (audio over the PC or mobile clients), Video and...

Microsoft Business Voice – Single SKU for 1 to 300 seat Microsoft Teams, Calling Plan and Conferencing

I have been banging the drum for some time that Microsoft are missing a big market opportunity in the SMB space. Microsoft has a great value Office 365 SKU (Stock Keeping Unit, or “Licence”) in Office 365 Business for up to 300 users. Office 365 Business Premium and Business Essentials include Microsoft Teams, but up until now, you could not add PSTN audio conferencing numbers or phone...

Tom Talks Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365 news and opinions