Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Speaking at Microsoft ignite 2018 in Orlando - Is voice in the cloud right for you?


I'm proud to announce I am speaking at the upcoming Microsoft Ignite in Orlando. This is the third Ignite I will be speaking at, but I am just as thrilled and humbled by this opportunity as the first Ignite. This time, I will be doing a theater session called "Is voice in the Cloud right for you?".

If you are interested in knowing a little more about the roadmap for Microsoft’s Phone System and how it could match the needs of your company, join me at THR2039 in the Expo Theater 12 on Tuesday 25th between 1:05PM and 1:25PM.

Friday, August 24, 2018

A couple of favorite news about the world of Teams - Week 34

Those of you who pay attention to and follow the twitter streams and newsfeeds regarding Microsoft Teams, might have noticed there hasn't been many posts regarding news on Teams for the past couple of weeks. This is of course partially because of summer vacations, but I am also guessing Microsoft is saving some of their news and releases for the upcoming Ignite. Pure speculation of course, but it would not surprise me.

But, it is not all silent, so here are some of the news related to Microsoft Teams from the past weeks.

First of all, here is a list of all the client features released in August:

Some of my favorite highlights:
o Adobe XD and Teams
o Get ready for back to school!
o Legion of zoom
o Windows 10 Quiet hours support is here

Microsoft launched Teams Data Residency in Canada, and announced upcoming residency in Japan and Australia as well.

Today Microsoft announced the completion of their roadmap of bringing Teams and Skype for Business together. Making way for brand new inventions in the future:

Also, there is a new localization competition open. Are you up for the challenge?

Monday, August 6, 2018

Teams - Summer summary

A lot of things have happened in world of Teams (and Skype for Business) over the summer. And here is a blogpost where I will try to catch the highlights of the past month.

Direct Routing for Office365
The "biggest" news early in July, was probably the release of Direct Routing for Teams for both the enterprise and the carrier (hosted) market. I've been participating in the TAP for this service, and will be looking at some in-depth material this fall. Read about this exciting feature here.

Teams for GCC
Teams was released for the US Government Community Cloud on July the 17th:

Auto Attendant and Call Queue
These features we already know from Skype for Business is now also available in Teams. This is part of the ongoing effort to bring Teams at par with SFBO.

Live events
Microsoft announced a new feature called "Live events" within Teams, bringing the capability of broadcasting meetings to a wide audience. The feature is now in public preview.

Free Teams version
Microsoft also announced a free version of Teams, suitable for smaller organizations who want to try out the application. Check out this comparison chart to see what you get with the different versions of Teams (Free, Essentials and Premium)

Client updates
Both desktop and mobile clients have been updated with features and fixes.

Microsoft posts on features
Microsoft published their monthly overview of updates at the techcommunity, and some of the features I have mentioned in my posts are covered in more detail in these posts.
Office 2019 Servers in Preview
The Office2019 servers are ready for public preview, and that includes Skype for Business 2019