Tom Talks Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365 news and opinions


Controlling Microsoft Teams Guest Access on a per team basis

Microsoft Teams allows people external to the tenant, “guests” to be added to the team. This is called “guest access”. Guest access is different from “external access” (previously called federation), where a user on tenant A can have a 1:1 chat, voice or video call to a user in tenant B. By default, guest access is turned off on Office 365 tenants. Enabling Guest Access in Microsoft Teams and...

Full Yammer experience in Microsoft Teams with Yammer Communities App

I am a big fan of most organisations having a workplace social platform, especially at times like these where lots of people are remote working for the first time and people need connection and communication. Here are my 6 reasons you should have a workplace social network, I won’t repeat them here. I can appreciate how some people can get confused between Teams and Yammer and/or feel they...

Modern Authentication for Microsoft Teams Rooms

Modern authentication is a Microsoft umbrella term for a combination of secure authentication and authorization methods between a client and a server. This might include a PC or a phone. It includes: Authentication methods: Multi-factor authentication (MFA); smart card authentication; client certificate-based authenticationAuthorization methods: Microsoft’s implementation of Open...

Understanding the Microsoft Teams PSTN Usage Call Records Report\Bill for Calling Plan and PSTN Audio Conferencing

Microsoft Teams can be your conferencing platform with PSTN audio conferencing and your Phone system with either Calling Plans from Microsoft or a third-party PSTN carrier with Direct Routing. Microsoft provides a PSTN & SMS usage report that serves as your call records report and also a breakdown of any PSTN charges. The report covers Calling Plans and Microsoft PSTN Audio Conferencing in...

Microsoft Teams Out Loud Podcast March 2020 News Update

All the Microsoft Teams news from March, this month we talk about

COVID-19 – impact/growth
Device Management right in Teams
New Microsoft Teams PowerShell Module
Stream video recording from the mobile app

Questions and feedback welcome!
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Understanding PSTN Dial-In Audio Conferencing with Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is one product, but depending on what licences/SKU (Stock Keeping Unit) you have different features may be enabled or disabled. By default, Microsoft Teams comes with the ability to schedule or do ad-hoc online meetings (sometimes called conference calls or web conferences) for up to 250 people. This includes the ability to do VoIP (audio over the PC or mobile clients), Video and...

Microsoft 365 Business Voice for SMB now available worldwide, Up to 300 users Microsoft Teams Cloud Telephony single SKU

Huge news in the SMB voice space, Microsoft have now opened up the Microsoft 365 Business Voice SKU to over 70 countries via partner resellers (CSP, Cloud Solution providers), where the partner provides the telephony connectivity and minutes for the customer. Microsoft 365 Business Voice with partner calling plan is available in all countries where Microsoft PSTN audio conferencing is available...

Microsoft 365 Business Voice, up to 300 users Microsoft Teams Cloud Telephony, now available in USA, UK and Canada

Update: this is now available worldwide via CSP partners. More details here Microsoft 365 Business Voice Website here Microsoft 365 Business Voice includes: Microsoft Teams cloud-based phone system with advanced features including call transfer, multi-level auto attendants, and call queues. Microsoft provided a domestic calling plan with 3,000 minutes per user (for US users), per month within the...

Tom Talks Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365 news and opinions