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Top 5 Microsoft Teams sessions at Microsoft Inspire, July 2022


Microsoft’s new financial year has just started and it kicks off with Microsoft Inspire, their annual event for Microsoft partners. Inspire is where Microsoft set out their themes and focus for the year and highlights the partner opportunities.

Digital again this year (hopefully back to in-person in 2023) it’s on July 19–20, 2022. You can register free here. Overall there are 216 sessions across the whole Microsoft technology stack as well as topics such as go to market, co-sell and commercial marketplace.

As usual, I will have my eyes locked on the Microsoft Teams and Modern Workplace content and will do a summary of the key highlights and news after the event, so be sure to be on my email update list for that.

Here are my top 5 Microsoft Teams sessions not to miss:


1. Unlock business growth with Microsoft Teams

A breakout session from Nicole Herskowitz, Vice President, Microsoft Teams.

Discover new ways to realize greater value with Teams and learn more about how we make hybrid work, work, modernize communications, enable frontline workers, and delight with rich collaborative apps.


2. Create New Revenue Streams with Teams apps

An on-demand session from Alvaro Celis, Vice President, Global ISV and Gloria Sanchez, ISV GTM Lead for Microsoft Teams

Customers are evolving to hybrid models quickly where Teams is the new front-end for hybrid work. With over 270M monthly active users, Teams offers the biggest opportunity for partners to reach new audiences and segments globally. Join us to learn the business opportunities that Modern Work offers and hear best practices from other partners. The Teams platform can help both your business and your customer’s business thrive.


3. The digital imperative in hybrid work

A core theme session for Modern Workplace from Emily He, CVP Business Application Marketing and Colette Stallbaumer, GM, Modern Work Marketing

In this new era of work, businesses need new ways to bring people, information, and ideas together to meet customer expectations. Learn how Microsoft 365, Teams, and Dynamics 365 integrate data, insights, and automated processes to enable better collaboration in the flow of work for every function and line of business; including opportunities within sales and service.


4. Connecting Microsoft Teams to Voice – Navigating the Technical Complexity

A connection zone session from Ran Inbar, CTO, Unified Communications at AudioCodes, Bill Skinner and Jurgen Van Maele AudioCodes and James Stark, Principal Program Manager with Microsoft Teams

There is a wealth of knowledge in the AudioCodes team and James Stark always delivers great information.

Don’t let the complexity of connecting Teams to voice put you off. The voice experts at AudioCodes can help. Let’s explore the options together – SBCs, Direct Routing, Operator Connect, Analog Connectivity, Resiliency, Devices & more. We’ll help you navigate the complexity and answer any technical questions you have about Teams voice integration.


5. Modernize Communications with Teams Phone

Anther On-demand from Alexander Oddoz-Mazet, the Solution Play Lead for Microsoft Teams for both Teams Rooms and Teams Phone.

Organizations are reconfiguring their meeting spaces to adapt to hybrid work, and Microsoft is making substantial investments in Meetings and Rooms to ensure that your customers can succeed. Companies are rethinking how they operate and conduct business. As such, this moment provides a real opportunity to work with your customers to reimagine their physical facilities, and to install and manage technologies that provide a single, coherent ecosystem for inclusive and flexible meetings, using Teams.

Alexander also has a second session, Enable Hybrid Meetings with Teams Phone


Bonus session, if you are in our space you should be paying attention to what is happening with Dynamics 365, Teams & the Nuance acquisition.


Ask the Experts: Unleash customer service innovations with Dynamics 365, Teams & Nuance

This connection zone session has a number of great speakers including Ryan Martin, Director of PM, Keith Overa, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Marcus Schmidt, Principal Program Manager

Microsoft and our partners are constantly innovating to help our customers better serve their customers. This session will highlight how these innovations based on Dynamics 365, Teams, Nuance and other Microsoft products are coming together to expand customer service offerings for our partners. Hear more about the way partners are helping their customers deliver an enhanced service experience.


It’s going to be a busy couple of days with many more great sessions. Most of the sessions will also be available on-demand. If you want to catch my summary of all the key points I’ll be sending an update to my monthly email after the event.

About the author

Tom Arbuthnot

A Microsoft MVP and Microsoft Certified Master, Tom Arbuthnot is Founder and Principal at Empowering.Cloud as well as a Solutions Director at Pure IP.

Tom stays up to date with industry developments and shares news and his opinions on his, UC Today Microsoft Teams Podcast and email list. He is a regular speaker at events around the world.


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