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Microsoft Service Adoption Specialist Certification free online edX course

  Instructors Following on from IT Pro focused Enabling Teamwork with Microsoft Teams edX course, Microsoft has released another edX course, Microsoft Service Adoption Specialist. Both courses are free to take, but you do have to pay $99 if you want a digital certificate of completion. In the Microsoft Service Adoption Specialist introductory course you will learn the six critical elements...

Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Graph Monthly Developer Community Calls

  s In case you missed it, there is a lot going on in Microsoft Teams for developers. Microsoft is keen to see Teams integrated into business processes and line of business applications. At the centre of this is Microsoft Graph. Microsoft Graph is a collection of API’s that provide access to the data and functionality in Office 365. For example, the Microsoft Teams PowerShell is actually...

Microsoft will support Microsoft Teams Direct Routing with Certified Session Border Controllers (SBC) running in Azure

Skype for Business Server is not supported in Azure. It works, we’ve run SfB Server labs/dev test in Azure that function fine (but not production). Similarly, Cloud Connector Edition is not supported in Azure, again we know it can be made to work. So it was interesting when Microsoft Direct Routing certified Session Border Controllers (SBC) like AudioCodes offered the option for customers to host...

First Microsoft Teams Phones are Generally Available from Yealink. AudioCodes, Crestron and Polycom coming soon

It’s official, both on the Microsoft documentation and the Yealink website, Yealink phones are the first generally available IP Phones Microsoft Teams. From the Microsoft documentation, it also looks like the Crestron M100 is GA, with more Crestron phones coming soon. Firmware and admin guides are available on the Yealink site: T58A Teams: T56A Teams: CP960 Teams   Teams Phone user...

Office 365 removing 3DES from February 28, 2019, pushing to TLS 1.2+

An update over the holidays, Microsoft is again pushing towards removing TLS 1.0/1.1 support in Office 365. They have previously set dates for enforcing TLS 1.2  but then backed out: Office 365 will Enforce Mandatory use of TLS 1.2 from October 31, 2018, so Lync Phone Edition (which does not support TLS 1.2) will not be able to Connect to Skype for Business Online Microsoft no longer enforcing...

Microsoft Teams will be installed by default for new installations of Office 365 Business SKU

Thanks to Nicolas BROISIN for calling this change out. Starting with Version 1901, which it looks like will be the monthly Office release for February, Microsoft Teams will be installed a default part of Office 365 Business. Office 365 Business is a specific version of Office 365 subscription for businesses of up to 300 users. The Microsoft documentation doesn’t say explicitly but I would imagine...

Microsoft Office finally moving 64-bit by default

Since Office 2010, Microsoft has offered a 32-bit install and a 64-bit Office install. You might think the 32-bit version was for 32-bit Windows and the 64-bit for 64-bit windows, but 64-bit windows can run actually run 32-bit Office fine, It was initially recommended to run 32-bit Office as all the Office plugins were typically written for 32-bit, you were only recommended to run 64-bit if you...

Microsoft named a 2018 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for both Unified Communications and UCaaS

Gartner explains, “The Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice is a recognition of vendors in this market by verified end-user professionals, taking into account both the number of reviews and the overall user ratings.” To ensure fair evaluation, Gartner maintains rigorous criteria for recognizing vendors with a high customer satisfaction rate. Reviews are spread across many verticals including...

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