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Understanding Microsoft Teams Calling Plans

Microsoft Teams can be a real phone for users with a real phone number. To get this functionality you need 2 things The “Phone System” licence, which is available as an add-on licence or bundled in Office 365 E5 – This is the ability for the client to act as a phone A Phone number and PSTN connectivity (line and minutes). PSTN is the Public Switched Telephony Network or the telephony network...

Ribbon EdgeMarc Series certified for Microsoft Teams Direct Routing

Ribbons Intelligent Edge multi-service business gateways (MSBGs), which include the EdgeMarc 2900, 4800, 6000 and 7000 series, have all been certified for Direct Routing for Microsoft Teams.

The EdgeMarc devices provide SD-WAN in addition to VoIP and PSTN functionality.
Microsoft Teams Direct Routing Certified list here

New Satin codec coming to Microsoft Teams

Somewhat buried in a Microsoft Teams update blog, Microsoft announced their new in-house developed codec coming to Microsoft Teams in the coming months. A codec (the word is a  combination of coder and decoder) encodes and compresses data before it is sent and decodes received data. Microsoft says Satin, their new codec, will be able to deliver crystal clear wideband audio with as little as 7...

Microsoft Teams is now available to the UK National Health Service for free

Tweet: Link Simon Eccles, Chief Clinical Information Officer for Health and Care. Deputy CEO NHSX, confirmed in a tweet that Microsoft Teams is being made available for free across the NHS. There are roughly 1.5 million people employed by the NHS across the UK. NHSX is a United Kingdom Government unit with responsibility for setting national policy and developing best practice for National Health...

Microsoft Teams to Skype consumer interop – chat, calling and video

One of the features of Skype for Business is that Skype for Business users can communicate with Skype consumer users. I always saw this as a niche use case. The idea being a work user could contact there family, or maybe a supplier is using Skype consumer. Evidently, there was enough demand for the feature for Microsoft to bring it to Microsoft Teams. It’s now rolling out to tenants and...

Connect Analog devices to Microsoft Teams with Ribbon and AudioCodes

For years with Lync and Skype for Business deployments we have connected analog devices to Session Border Controllers/Gateways, both to give them PSTN access when removing the PBX and to allow calling between them and Skype for Business. Typical use cases include Lift/Elevator Phones/Overhead PA systems DECT handsets Specialist phone devices (fireproof phones, dealer boards) Existing long runs (I...

Create Multiple Edge Web Apps for each Microsoft Teams Guest Tenant

Since Chromium Edge went general availability I’ve switched to it as my primary browser away from Google Chrome. One of the useful things chrome had was the ability to create web apps with specific profiles, which allowed me to easily be signed into multiple Microsoft Teams guest access tenants concurrently. I wrote a PowerShell script to generate per tenant chrome web apps in their own dedicated...

Microsoft Teams PowerShell Module 1.0.5 Update

Edit, shortly after posting the blog 1.0.5 was released with a minor Teams education-specific update, otherwise, it’s the same as 1.0.4 It’s been about 4 months since the last PowerShell module update for Microsoft Teams. In this update: The new version includes: Resiliency improvements on Get-Team cmdlet specially when used in tenants containing a large number of Teams and Unified Groups...

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