ArchiveJune 2018

Microsoft Teams Direct Routing GA, 11 Partners already offering hosted options

Good news, Microsoft Teams Direct Routing, the feature that allows you to connect your own Session Border Controller and PSTN Carrier to Microsoft Teams for user phone numbers, is now generally available. Deploy your own SBC and connect your preferred SIP carrier/Interop with your existing telephony system AudioCodes and Ribbon are the currently certified Session Border Controllers if you want to...

Microsoft Teams becomes generally available to Office 365 Government tenants starting July 17th with some features restricted

Office 365 is Office 365 right? Well, no, not really. There are actually Different types of tenants; Enterprise, Education, Government Options to have some tenants managed by third parties (T-Systems in Germany and 21Vianet in China) The CSP, or Cloud Solution Provider program, where third-party providers resell Office 365 Features are typically broadly the same, but there are differences and...

Yealink now up to 10 Skype for Business Certified IP Phones and more planned

  With the addition of the new CP960-Skype for Business® edition conference phone certified for Skype for Business Online and Skype for Business Server 2015. The Yealink CP960 offers: Based on Android OS Supports the SILK speech codec Yealink Noise Proof Technology 20-foot (6-meter) and 360-degree microphone pickup range 5”720×1280 multi-touch screen, modern interface Calendar, Skype...

Microsoft Teams for Surface Hub (Preview) on Windows Insider Program

Exciting news for Surface Hub/Teams users, Microsoft Teams for Surface Hub is now in Preview, available for those with devices on the Windows Insider Program. Microsoft Teams for Surface Hub has full Teams calling and meeting capabilities, including one-touch join and up to four incoming video streams—all with side-by-side compatibility with Skype for Business. I haven’t had any hands on yet, but...

Record your screen with PowerPoint

One of the most useful things when hitting a bug or an issue is a screen recording of the actual issue. Screenshots are great, but you can’t beat a recording for quickly explaining an issue. Previously I’ve used things like the great TechSmith Camtasia and Snagit, and in a pinch on a machine where I don’t have those installed, screencast-o-matic.com Those are not always an option or an easy...

Options and Considerations for Testing your Network for Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams

Ideally, and strongly recommended by Microsoft, before deploying Microsoft Teams or Skype for Business, you should test your network to ensure it can cope with real-time media and give users a good experience. Microsoft refers to this as a “Network Readiness Assessment” and some kind of assessment is a requirement of what previously called the Skype Operations Framework, now called Practical...

Can you dial premium rate or shared cost numbers with Microsoft PSTN Calling Plans? It depends

This one took a while to get to the bottom of, but fortunately, the online documentation has been updated now to make it easier. My question was can users with Microsoft PSTN Calling plans, in either Skype for Business Online or Microsoft Teams, ring premium rate or shared cost numbers? The term “premium number” is a broad term, there are a variety of “premium number” types. In the UK premium...

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