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5 new Microsoft Teams firstline worker features coming first half 2020

Microsoft recently blogged about features for shift workers which gave us details of 5 new features coming to Microsoft Teams, specifically target as firstline/front line workers. Here is a rundown: Walkie Talkie / Push to Talk Limited Private preview in the first half of this year A feature often used in retail (from the person on the shop floor to the person in the stock room for example) and...

OAuth 2.0 Skype for Business IP Phone Required Firmware Update Timeline extended to July 15th, 2020

Thanks to Dan Balitewicz for the update on this one. Microsoft is implementing Microsoft Identity Platform 2.0 (an evolution of the Azure Active Directory identity service) which uses the OAuth 2.0 authorization protocol. If you have SfB Certified IP Phones (3PIP) from AudioCodes, Crestron, Polycom or Yealink signing into to Skype for Business Online (or Microsoft Teams via cloud interop), you...

Tom Arbuthnot speaking at Commsverse In-Store Event, Microsoft Oxford Circus, London, 11th February

Commsverse In-Store is a micro taster of Commsverse, an upcoming about 2-day UK independent Microsoft Teams community event www.commsverse.com  (a must-attend!). I’m excited to be speaking at Commsverse In-store alongside by very knowledgeable friend Ståle Hansen is at the new Microsoft London Flagship retail store in Oxford Circus, London. I think there is room for around 100 people, afterwards...

Forrester Total Economic Impact (TEI) study of Microsoft Teams Cloud Voice January 2020

Commissioned by Microsoft, Forrester Consulting conducted a Total Economic Impact™ (TEI) study to provide readers with a framework to evaluate the potential financial impact of Microsoft 365 Cloud Voice on their organizations, hereafter referred to as Cloud Voice. To better understand the benefits, costs, and risks associated with this investment, Forrester interviewed several customers with...

Lenovo ThinkSmart View $349 Microsoft Teams 8-inch screen Personal Video Endpoint

Exciting news from Lenovo ahead of CES, a new Microsoft Teams Endpoint. The Lenovo ThinkSmart View is a dedicated unit in a similar form factor as smart home assistant displays like the Google Home Hub or Echo Show. In fact, as Jimmy Vaughan points out, the form factor is the same as the Smart Display 8 inch Tablet with the Google Assistant. It’s a dedicated device with an 8-inch touch screen...

Microsoft Teams Out Loud Podcast December 2019

This month on the UC Today Microsoft Teams Out Loud Podcast we talk about – 20 million DAU, but how is it measured? – Microsoft Teams Linux preview – Calling and Meetings on Citrix VDI – SfB Server Cumulative Update 2 Check it out on all your favourite podcast platforms Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts UC Today Website YouTube Spotify BuzzSprout RSS Feed Questions and...

Automatic Microsoft Teams client install for Office 365 Semi-Annual Channel on Jan 14, 2020

Beginning January 14, 2020, the Microsoft Teams client will be automatically added to existing installations for customers on the Semi-Annual Channel. Office 365 ProPlus, the office clients install that comes with Office 365, has a method for administrators to control the pace of feature updates, called update channels. Monthly Channel – Provide users with the newest features of Office as...

Microsoft Teams and Citrix Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) certified support for Calling and Meetings

Good news, after a long time coming, Microsoft Teams calling and meetings (audio, video and sharing) are now available on VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) with Citrix. Microsoft Teams chat and collaboration has been supported in VDI for a long time, and now with the Citrix platform, calling and meeting functionality are also supported. Audio, video and sharing are handled via WebRTC on the...

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