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Microsoft Earnings FY16 Q2, Office 365 up 70%, Azure revenue up 140%

Published 30/01/2016 - 0 Comments

Some highlights for Office 365 and Unified Communications: “Office 365 commercial revenue grew nearly 70 percent in constant currency, while seats grew 59 percent.” “We’re also enthusiastic about how people use Office on other platforms. On iOS and Android, Skype has more than 900 million downloads and Office apps surpassed 340 million this quarter. There […]

Exchange UM Toll Fraud Risk, Don’t Weaken Your PIN Settings

Published 18/01/2016 - 2 Comments

Exchange Unified Messaging is the voicemail platform common to most Lync/Skype for Business installs but also supports PBX systems. We’ve recently seen a new toll fraud attack targeting Exchange UM’s to relay calls and either bypass call charges or run up charges on premium rate numbers. The attack relies on guessing or otherwise compromising users […]

Skype for Business Pricing and Licensing

Published 10/01/2016 - 6 Comments

I’m neither a pricing or licencing expert, and licencing seems to be equal parts logic and black magic, but here is a brief explanation of my understanding of how Licencing woks for Skype for Business. All prices quoted are default list and likely to change a little depending on vertical/region/quantity/licencing model etc. Do not take […]

List All Microsoft/Windows Updates with PowerShell Sorted by KB/HotFixID : Get-MicrosoftUpdate

Published 21/09/2013 - 45 Comments

  Update 17/8/2014:  I have found that new-object -com “Microsoft.Update.Searcher” only lists updates installed by windows update, not all updates (including manually installed updates), I’m still looking for a method that gives 100% of updates. I recently came across a scenario where I needed to check if certain Hotfixes for Microsoft Office were installed. Easy, Get-HotFix […]

Lync 2010 CU9 (July 2013) and Lync 2013 CU2 (July 2013) Download Links

Published 28/07/2013 - 2 Comments

The Lync patches continue to roll out. We now have updates for both Lync 2010 and Lync 2013, both client and Server. Lync 2010 Server CU9 (7577.217) Server: KB   Lync 2010 Client CU9 x86 x64 KB:   Lync 2013 Server CU2 (8308.420) Server: KB:   Lync 2013 […]