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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...

Microsoft acquiring Metaswitch Networks

Interesting news today. Microsoft has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Metaswitch Networks, a leading provider of virtualized network software and voice, data and communications solutions for operators. Metaswitch Networks is a private UK-based company that designs, develops, manufactures, and markets telecommunications software to communication service providers, equipment manufacturers...

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...

Microsoft Teams Collaboration Bars as a Personal Collaboration Device?

With current world events, large numbers of people around the world are now working from home full time. It has caused a lot of conversation around the best kit and devices for working from home. One question I’ve been asked more than once is, what should we provide our execs with? In the Cisco world, for the super high end, there have always been dedicated personal endpoints, screen, camera and...

UC Today Microsoft Teams Monthly Podcast May 2020

Every month I do a Microsoft Teams New Update Podcast/YouTube with UC Today. May is a bumper month for news and features! New Business Voice SKU Custom Backgrounds 3×3 Video Hands up feature Improved meeting join webpage New IP Phone firmware Direct media optimisation New Teams Consumer version Live events Yammer Communities / Yammer app Security and control improvements Microsoft Teams rooms now...

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...

Tom Talks Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365 news and opinions