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Microsoft Teams PSTN Audio Conferencing via Direct Routing for GCC High and GCC DoD

Reference Feature ID 54236 A really interesting Microsoft Teams Roadmap Item has just been listed as in development and for release in August, so basically anytime now. Audio Conferencing is the feature name for adding PSTN phone numbers to your meeting to be able to dial into them on a regular phone, and the ability to dial out from a meeting to a regular phone. Up until this announcement the...

Skype for Business Online will be retired 31st July 2021

  Microsoft Lifecycle reference here Big news in Skype for Business, in a blog on the Microsoft Teams blog, Microsoft has officially announced the mainstream support end date/end of service for Skype for Business Online as 31st July 2021. Customers have two years from this announcement to move off Skype for Business Online to Microsoft Teams or another solution. After that date, Skype for...

What speed network connection do you need for a good Microsoft Teams Video Experience?

Microsoft Teams offers chat, files, conferencing with audio, video and sharing and direct VoIP calling/phone system. The chat and collaboration are not particular bandwidth-intensive (speed) but if the network quality is highly variable or latency is high you might notice some lag/impacted user experience. When it comes to audio, video and sharing you will need stead network throughput/speed to...

Microsoft Teams Out Loud July Podcast: Microsoft Teams to Replace Kaizala

This month’s podcast is jam packed with news and feature updates relating to communication and collaboration platform Microsoft Teams. There are a host of new features to discuss including urgent message functionality and channel team announcements. This Month we cover: Teams will replace Kaizala – blog Teams will get installed into existing pro plus installs – blog Single SBC...

Existing Office 365 ProPlus Installs to get Microsoft Teams Automatically from July

Office 365 ProPlus is the name for the Office desktop applications suite which comes are part of the Office 365 subscription. There is no change to new or existing installations of Office 2019, the “boxed”/non-subscription version. I reported in January that Microsoft Teams will be installed by default for new installations of Office 365 Business SKU, then in February Microsoft Teams will be...

Information Barriers (Ethical Walls or Chinese walls) in Preview in Microsoft Teams

Some organisations, particularly in finance, have reasons to block communications between certain groups. For example, separating people who make investments from others in the same organisation who are privy to confidential information about those same companies that could improperly influence the investment decisions. Firms are generally required by law to safeguard insider information and...

Microsoft Teams App Setup Policy – Add or Remove Apps on the Teams Left Rail, including built in Activity, Chat, Teams, Calendar, Calls, Files

A new Microsoft Teams configuration option, App Setup Policy, is being rolled out to tenants. This gives administrators the ability to control which apps show in the “main menu” in Teams, the left rail in the desktop/web client, and the bottom menu and “draw” in the mobile client. Administrators can ‘pin’ non-Microsoft apps, such as third-party apps or company-built internal apps, and can hide...

O365Eh! Podcast, Microsoft 365/UC/Collab Reporting and Analytics Products Series

O365Eh! is a great Microsoft UC/collab focused podcast from 4 great MVP’s in Canada, Dino Caputo, Michael Lamontagne, Habib Mankal and Curtis Johnstone. They do nice snappy 10 minute or so bit sized shows on particular topics. I recommend you check it out. I recently had the opportunity to join them to talk about Modality Systems Teamwork Analytics, Microsoft Teams usage reports in PowerBI. This...

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