Tom Talks Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business thoughts and news


4 Microsoft Teams Role Based Access Control (RBAC) administrator roles

Something we relied on in Skype for Business Server was RBAC to give permissions for those who need them without giving “god mode” to everyone. Fortunately, Microsoft Teams does have a number of RBAC roles. 4 new roles have just been enabled. Teams Service Administrator: The overall Teams workload admin, who can also manage and create O365 Groups. This role has access to all the controls...

New Microsoft Office Icons (or, an evolved visual identity)

Microsoft has updated the Office icons. The new icons will be rolled out in the coming months, replacing the icons that were introduced in 2013. I guess we are due an update.
Here are the new icons. What do you think?

An extensive post about the concept here:

6 reasons you should have a workplace social network like Yammer

  In terms of business value, I think internal workplace social networks are one of the most underrated tools available. Sometimes called “enterprise social network” (ESN) or “workplace social software” (Gartner), at the highest level, you can think of this as a closed Facebook for the enterprise. In Microsoft’s world, that is typically Yammer. But this article...

Microsoft Teams Academy for IT Pros Training Videos on YouTube

  Microsoft have produced a series of Teams Academy for IT Pro’s videos to help IT Pro’s get up to speed on the various concepts in Microsoft Teams. You can check them out here: Playlist: Videos: Teams Foundations Windows Desktop Client Introduction to Meetings in Microsoft Teams Introduction into Phone System Direct Routing Teams Journey – Upgrading Skype for Business to Teams Part 1 | Part...

Microsoft Kaizala, (another) mobile group chat app, being made available to Office 365 commercial plans worldwide

Microsoft Kaizala is essentially a Whatsapp clone. A mobile only (iOS and Andorid) group chat app, where anyone can join any group and identity is tied to phone numbers. Kaizala is focused on mobile first/only workers, more common in developing countries that may not have lots of PC’s and fixed internet connections, but do have mobiles and mobile coverage. There is a fee version available...

Microsoft Bookings, web page to allow anyone to book a meeting into your Office 365 calendar

Microsoft Bookings was originally designed for small businesses, but is now available on all Office 365 Enterprise plans. Essentially it gives you a web based bookings page anyone can access that offers slots based on the free busy of a, or your, exchange calendar. It’s a lot like, but included in Office 365. This is really useful if people outside of your organisation want to book...

Microsoft retiring the Microsoft Teams Win 10 S app effective November 29, 2018

In an interesting direction, Microsoft are “retiring” the Microsoft Teams for Windows 10 S (Preview) app in the Microsoft Store, effective November 29, 2018. This is the Progressive Web App/Hybrid Web App version of the Teams client. When this change is implemented, the Microsoft Teams for Windows 10 S (Preview) app will no longer be available to install and will no longer function if currently...

How to add a Microsoft Stream Video to a to a Channel or Group

For those not familiar, Microsoft Stream is part of Office 365 and is essentially “Enterprise YouTube”. If you do cloud meeting recording in Microsoft Teams, it will end up in Microsoft Teams, and automatically be permissioned for the people in the meeting from within your organisation to have access to it. Stream has a concept of channels and groups Microsoft Stream groups are connected to an...

Tom Talks Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business thoughts and news

About Tom Arbuthnot

Tom Arbuthnot is Principal Solutions Architect at Unified Communications specialist Modality Systems. He is a Microsoft Certified Master and MVP, blogger, has a regular podcast with UCToday at and is a regular speaker at events including Microsoft TechEd and Ignite. He co-runs The Microsoft UC User Group London.

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