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Slack CEO forecasts 50 million active Microsoft Teams users in the next six months and 100 million within the next year

Interesting comments from Stewart Butterfield, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder at Slack on their quarter 3 earnings call: I want to acknowledge the escalation in competitive narratives. Microsoft has announced that there are now 20 million people using Teams, around 10% of their Office365 user base.   When they first announced the shutdown of Skype for Business, we expected...

Understanding Microsoft’s Managed Meeting Rooms Service

Announced at Microsoft Ignite 2019 and currently, in preview, Microsoft is now offering a first-party remote “Managed Meeting Rooms” service, where they will remotely manage your Microsoft Teams Rooms systems. It includes: Access to online portal Customers interact with Microsoft via support tickets that are view-able in the portal Proactive Monitoring – Incident reporting e.g. device issues...

Microsoft Teams now has over 20 million DAU Daily Active Users

Microsoft announced Tuesday that Microsoft Teams has hit 20 million daily active users. Microsoft blog here “In fact, today Teams has more than 20 million daily active users. What’s more, while these users start with simple text-based chat, they quickly move on to richer forms of communication and collaboration. For instance, last month Teams customers participated in more than 27 million voice...

Adding Outlook Email and Calendar App to Microsoft Teams, a proof of concept

DISCLAIMER – This is a community-written Proof of Concept custom App This is not an official Microsoft app. This is a custom app that was written using the power of App Studio within Teams. This app is NOT a supported enterprise-level app. It is ONLY for testing. It just shows you the power behind the platform. ##################### Microsoft Teams is often positioned as the single application...

5 Biggest Microsoft Teams Takeaways from Microsoft Ignite 2019

Microsoft Ignite 2019 was fantastic as always. I had the great opportunity to speak twice, recorded the UC Today podcast live, did a lot of networking and catching up with friends, and even managed to get some sessions in along the way! After a bit of time to take in a few more sessions and reflect on the content and conversations, here are my 5 big takeaways for Microsoft Teams from Microsoft...

New MS-700: Managing Microsoft Teams beta exam

This week Microsoft announced the beta of a new exam focused on Microsoft Teams Beta Exam Discount Code ]To receive the 80% discount*, use code MS700Farmington when prompted for payment. This is NOT a private access code. You can use this code to register for and take the exam on or before December 20, 2019. *The first 300 people who register can take these exams for an 80% discount! (Why beta...

Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Power Platform get closer with pinning of Power Apps

One of the big themes of Microsoft Ignite was positioning Microsoft Teams as more than “chat, meetings and voice” and as a platform. Microsoft has made a huge investment in their low-code/no-code Power Platform, Power BI, Power Apps and Power Automate (previously called “flow”). For some time, you have been able to embed PowerBI reports as a tab in Teams At Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft announced...

Microsoft Business Voice – Single SKU for 1 to 300 seat Microsoft Teams, Calling Plan and Conferencing

I have been banging the drum for some time that Microsoft are missing a big market opportunity in the SMB space. Microsoft has a great value Office 365 SKU (Stock Keeping Unit, or “Licence”) in Office 365 Business for up to 300 users. Office 365 Business Premium and Business Essentials include Microsoft Teams, but up until now, you could not add PSTN audio conferencing numbers or phone...

Tom Talks Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365 Collaboration news and opinions