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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...

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 offers Microsoft Teams (Office 365 E1) free for 6 months as response to COVID-19

Link JP Courtois, Microsoft EVP and President, Microsoft Global Sales, Marketing & Operations, announced on Twitter that Microsoft would be making “Teams available to all for free for six months” This follows lots of other collab/meetings vendors offering extended free service offers such as Cisco and LogMeIn. The interesting thing is Microsoft Teams already has a completely free version and...

For China users, Microsoft recommends VPN to egress Microsoft Teams traffic onto the public Internet outside China

With world events, we’re seeing a big increase in usage of Microsoft Teams in customers around the world, but particularly in China. China is interesting for cloud connectivity. China ISPs have regulated offshore connections to the global public Internet that go through perimeter devices which are prone to high-levels of cross-border network congestion. This congestion creates packet loss and...

Tom Arbuthnot at Cloud Comms Summit, London

I’m excited to be joining a panel at Cavell Group’s Cloud Comms Summit. The panel topic is, Mega Cloud Competition: Microsoft Opportunity or Threat? Established in 2015 the Cloud Comms Summit is the leading and largest vendor-agnostic event focused on the Cloud Communications industry. It is the biggest Service Provider event in Europe. The day consists of a series of panel sessions, keynotes and...

Shure ceiling and table array microphones certified for Microsoft Teams

It’s been a while coming since their initial announcement but now Shure’s Microflex Advance MXA910 Ceiling Array, MXA310 Table Array Microphone, and the IntelliMix P300 Audio Conferencing Processor are all certified to be used with Microsoft Teams. That means they are officially supported to be connected up to Microsoft Teams Rooms. The equipment is designed for demanding environments like...

Understanding and Reporting on Non-Discoverable Hidden Microsoft Teams

Public and Private teams In Microsoft Teams there are two types of team, Public and Private. Public means anyone in the organisation (tenant) can join the team at any time without any approval Private means owners of the team must admit new members. I’m not in love with the names as these types have no bearing as to there being external guests (from other organisations/tenants) in the team. Open...

Tom Talks Microsoft Teams and Office 365 news and opinions