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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...

New Office 365 Meeting Room System Licence Subscription for Microsoft Teams and Skype Room Systems

This new subscription includes the Office 365 licenses required to enable cloud voice services on a meeting room device. It is designed specifically for meeting room systems and is a licence for devices only. It is $15 per device per month and includes the following: Microsoft Teams Skype for Business Online Plan 2 Phone System (the right for the device to be a phone, still requires a calling...

4 Microsoft Teams Role Based Access Control (RBAC) administrator roles

Something we relied on in Skype for Business Server was RBAC to give permissions for those who need them without giving “god mode” to everyone. Fortunately, Microsoft Teams does have a number of RBAC roles. 4 new roles have just been enabled. Teams Service Administrator: The overall Teams workload admin, who can also manage and create O365 Groups. This role has access to all the controls...

New Microsoft Office Icons (or, an evolved visual identity)

Microsoft has updated the Office icons. The new icons will be rolled out in the coming months, replacing the icons that were introduced in 2013. I guess we are due an update.
Here are the new icons. What do you think?
 

An extensive post about the concept here:

6 reasons you should have a workplace social network like Yammer

In terms of business value, I think internal workplace social networks are one of the most underrated tools available. Sometimes called “enterprise social network” (ESN) or “workplace social software” (Gartner), at the highest level, you can think of this as a closed Facebook for the enterprise. In Microsoft’s world, that is typically Yammer. But this article is less...

Microsoft Teams Academy for IT Pros Training Videos on YouTube

  Microsoft have produced a series of Teams Academy for IT Pro’s videos to help IT Pro’s get up to speed on the various concepts in Microsoft Teams. You can check them out here: Playlist: Videos: Teams Foundations Windows Desktop Client Introduction to Meetings in Microsoft Teams Introduction into Phone System Direct Routing Teams Journey – Upgrading Skype for Business to Teams Part 1 | Part...

Microsoft Kaizala, (another) mobile group chat app, being made available to Office 365 commercial plans worldwide

Microsoft Kaizala is essentially a Whatsapp clone. A mobile only (iOS and Andorid) group chat app, where anyone can join any group and identity is tied to phone numbers. Kaizala is focused on mobile first/only workers, more common in developing countries that may not have lots of PC’s and fixed internet connections, but do have mobiles and mobile coverage. There is a fee version available...

Microsoft Bookings, web page to allow anyone to book a meeting into your Office 365 calendar

Microsoft Bookings was originally designed for small businesses, but is now available on all Office 365 Enterprise plans. Essentially it gives you a web based bookings page anyone can access that offers slots based on the free busy of a, or your, exchange calendar. It’s a lot like calendly.com, but included in Office 365. This is really useful if people outside of your organisation want to book...

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