Join Teams work meetings from Microsoft Teams (free) and vice versa

Microsoft Teams (Free) users can currently join Teams for work (or school) meetings only as guests, which requires them to use a browser and results in a sub-optimal experience. The new feature rolling out will allow these users to join Teams for work (or school) meetings in one click, without being redirected to the browser or asked to fill in their name/surname. They will also be able to continue collaborating with the meeting organizer and other participants via meeting chat after the meeting.  The feature will work in the opposite way as well, so Teams for work (or school) will just as easily be able to join meetings hosted by a Teams Free user with one click. This is associated with Roadmap ID: 167326

A couple of favorite news about the world of Teams - Week 20

Unless you disconnected yourself from the Internet last week, you probably already heard my first item this week. A much awaited "Direct Routing for Teams" has now been released for public preview. So if you have a certified SBC, a O365 tenant and PSTN infrastructure in your environment, it's time to sign up to if you want to test PSTN in Teams and can't make use of Microsoft's own offerings. Guides available from Audicodes and Ribbon

Also rolling out as of last week, are a set of new meeting policies for a more granular control. here are some of the new policies available:

  1.  Allow Channel Meeting Scheduling (MeetingPolicy)
  2.  Allow Private Meeting Scheduling (MeetingPolicy)
  3.  Allow channel ad-hoc meet ups (MeetingPolicy)
  4.  Enable Screen Sharing (MeetingPolicy)
  5.  Allow IP Video (MeetingPolicy)
  6.  Allow Anonymous Users to Dial Out (MeetingPolicy)
  7.  Recording Policy implementation
There is an update to retention polices, ensuring that new code is rolled out to clients that will prune data older than 30 days. Then the min value for retention is also 30 days.

The list of great keyboard shortcuts keep getting longer and better. For a comprehensive look, check out the official documentation for both PC and Mac

This is a big one, I personally am really looking forward to see it in real action. Say hello to the Surface Hub 2