Category: Skype for Business

March 3rd, 2021 by johnacook

Voices matter – and we think that Microsoft Teams Calling is a powerful way to use those voices to strengthen connections and build new ones. The hallway
— Read on techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-teams-blog/introducing-operator-connect-and-more-teams-calling-updates/ba-p/2176398

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March 3rd, 2021 by Jeff Brown Tech

The Microsoft Teams admin center is a vast improvement over its Skype for Business Online predecessor. It is responsive and has a modern interface. However, the admin center does not show every Microsoft Teams policy or configuration available. PowerShell to the rescue!

In this post, you will learn about a few of the Microsoft Teams policy settings and configurations not available in the admin center. This blog post will be a running list of interesting policy settings and configurations that I find missing from the Teams admin center.

Connecting to Skype for Business Online PowerShell

To manage Microsoft Teams policy settings and configurations, you create a connection out to Skype for Business Online PowerShell. Microsoft has not announced if they are renaming this service once Skype Online is retired later this year.

Microsoft now includes connecting to Skype for Business Online PowerShell from within the Microsoft Teams PowerShell module. If you are unsure how to connect to Skype for Business Online PowerShell, Microsoft Docs has a great article on how to do so:

Microsoft Docs: Manage Skype for Business Online with PowerShell

If you run into problems, check out my article Errors Connecting to Skype for Business Online PowerShell Module.

Note that Microsoft retired the Skype for Business Online Windows PowerShell module in February 2021. It will no longer be available for download, and Skype for Business Online will stop accepting connections from it later this year.

Meeting Policy

Here are some hidden gems in the Microsoft Teams Meeting policy.

Attendee Engagement Report

Allow or prevent the Teams meeting organizer from downloading a meeting attendance report. Microsoft disabled this feature by default.

# Enable report download
Set-CsTeamsMeetingPolicy -Identity "{Policy Name}" - AllowEngagementReport "Enabled"

# Disable report download
Set-CsTeamsMeetingPolicy -Identity "{Policy Name}" - AllowEngagementReport "Disabled"

Breakout Rooms

Meeting organizers group participants into smaller, more-focused sessions in their own meeting space. The organizers brings everyone back into the main meeting after a set amount of time.

# Allow Breakout Rooms
Set-CsTeamsMeetingPolicy -Identity "{Policy Name}" - AllowBreakoutRooms $true

# Disable Breakout Rooms
Set-CsTeamsMeetingPolicy -Identity "{Policy Name}" - AllowBreakoutRooms $false

Background Effects

Control whether users have access to video background effects such as blur, Microsoft-provided images, and user-uploaded images.

Read more about managing Microsoft Teams backgrounds!

# Disable all background effects
Set-CsTeamsMeetingPolicy -Identity "{Policy Name}" -VideoFiltersMode "NoFilters"

# Allow only blur effect
Set-CsTeamsMeetingPolicy -Identity "{Policy Name}" -VideoFiltersMode "BlurOnly"

# Allow blur and default images from Microsoft
Set-CsTeamsMeetingPolicy -Identity "{Policy Name}" -VideoFiltersMode "BlurAndDefaultBackgrounds"

# Allow all filters including user-uploaded images
Set-CsTeamsMeetingPolicy -Identity "{Policy Name}" -VideoFiltersMode "AllFilters"

Calling Policy

Here are some settings for the Calling Policy only available in PowerShell.

1:1 Call Recording

Microsoft recently decoupled individual call recording out of the Meeting Policy to the Calling Policy. By default, 1:1 call recording is disabled.

# Enable 1:1 call recording
Set-CsTeamsCallingPolicy -Identity "{Policy Name}" -AllowCloudRecordingForCalls $true

# Disable 1:1 call recording
Set-CsTeamsCallingPolicy -Identity "{Policy Name}" -AllowCloudRecordingForCalls $false

Audio Conferencing

Here are some Audio Conferencing bridge settings only available in PowerShell.

Email Notification Customization

Microsoft Teams sends emails to users when one of the following events occur on their audio conferencing account:

  • Enabled or disabled for audio conferencing
  • Reset of dial-in conferencing PIN
  • Changes to conference ID
  • Changes to default dial-in conference number

Learn more about Microsoft Teams Audio Conferencing dial-out capabilities!

You use PowerShell to enable or disable these automatic email alerts:

# Disable automatic email notifications
Set-CsOnlineDialInConferencingTenantSettings -AutomaticallySendEmailsToUsers $false

# Enable automatic email notifications
Set-CsOnlineDialInConferencingTenantSettings -AutomaticallySendEmailsToUsers $true

If you enable the email notifications, you can make customizations to the email’s properties, such as:

  • SendEmailFromAddress
  • SendEmailFromDisplayName
  • SendEmailFromOverride

You specify the SendEmailFromAddress and SendEmailFromDisplayName only when SendEmailFromOverride is set to $true.

# Enable From override and customize information
Set-CsOnlineDialInConferencingTenantSettings -SendEmailFromOverride $true -SendEmailFromAddress "{From Address}" -SendEmailFromDisplayName "{From Display Name}"

Closing

So far, these are a few of my favorite Microsoft Teams policy and configuration settings that are only available through PowerShell. Do you have any that you regularly configure through PowerShell? If so, drop me a note below or find me on Twitter or LinkedIn to discuss further.

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Posted in Skype for Business

March 3rd, 2021 by Randy Chapman

Hello Readers, I hope you’re well.

Welcome to Episode 24 of the UCStatus Podcast. This episode features me (@randychapman) & Mark Vale (@markvale83).

A quick congratulations is in order for Mark as he’s been reawarded as a Microsoft MVP for Office Apps & Services. Very well deserved for all he does for teh Teams community and it’s great to have him back in the program.

In this episode Mark and I talk through some of the recent announcements for Microsoft Teams. Most of these are from the Microsoft 365 admin console message centre. We also take a look at some of the sessions we’re looking forward to for Ignite. https://aka.ms/TeamsSessions

There have been a lot of posts about Teams features and changes in the lead up to Ignite, so we use those as well as session descriptions to make some predictions. It’s fair to say that the conversation went all over the place, but that’s how we do it. Have a listen and let us know what you think.

We had a lot of fun in this episode, as always. We hope you like it.

As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave a comment below.

You can listen in-line in this post, or if you prefer, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, TuneIn or iHeartRadio. The links are below.

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March 3rd, 2021 by Randy Chapman

Hello Readers, I hope you’re well.

Welcome to Episode 24 of the UCStatus Podcast. This episode features me (@randychapman) & Mark Vale (@markvale83).

A quick congratulations is in order for Mark as he’s been reawarded as a Microsoft MVP for Office Apps & Services. Very well deserved for all he does for teh Teams community and it’s great to have him back in the program.

In this episode Mark and I talk through some of the recent announcements for Microsoft Teams. Most of these are from the Microsoft 365 admin console message centre. We also take a look at some of the sessions we’re looking forward to for Ignite. https://aka.ms/TeamsSessions

There have been a lot of posts about Teams features and changes in the lead up to Ignite, so we use those as well as session descriptions to make some predictions. It’s fair to say that the conversation went all over the place, but that’s how we do it. Have a listen and let us know what you think.

We had a lot of fun in this episode, as always. We hope you like it.

As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave a comment below.

You can listen in-line in this post, or if you prefer, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, TuneIn or iHeartRadio. The links are below.

If you’ve enjoyed this or any other episodes of the UCStatus Podcast, why not take a second to subscribe, like and share.

Join 2,843 other followers

We’d love to hear your comments and suggestions for future episodes. For now, leave a comment.

Posted in Skype for Business

March 3rd, 2021 by Author

Configuring Microsoft Teams for Incoming Webhook

Make a note about URL

https://skypeme.webhook.office.com/webhookb2/66db22fe-dbd2-4764-ba23-a4c25bd79704@85a36dfc-dfca-4a0c-98ed-825043344b75/IncomingWebhook/d7faa9128d33450c9cb80261b8a89b29/92ecc0cb-cc1b-4e0a-87e9-9fb047496c56

Create Automation Account

Launch your Azure Portal and search for Automation Account to create a new account.

Specify;
– Name
– Subscription
– Resource Group
– Location

No should be selected for “Create Azure Run As Account” as this is will enable the Account to run against Office 365.
Click Create

Once the resources has successful created, go into the resource

First of all we need to create a number of variables, these variables will use within the PowerShell script we are going to add to the Runbook.

You will need to add the following variables

– AzO365ServiceHealthApplicationID = Client ID
– AzO365ServiceHealthApplicationKey = Client Secrey
– AzO365TeamsURI = This is the url we created earlier in the post
– AzO365TenantDomain = Tenant ID

If you unsure how to obtain these values, please visit this blog post for more details

We now need to launch Runbooks

Select Create a runbook
– Provide a name
– Runbook Type should equal PowerShell
– Description (is optional)

Press Create

I am now going to use the following PowerShell script available from GitHub within my Runbook. https://github.com/einast/PS_M365_scripts. This script has been created for the sole purpose of extracting the Microsoft 365 Service Health using the Office Service Communication API, which I demonstrated how to configure in another post.

Under the “User Defined Variables” you will need to edit;

Mintues to reflect the same time as your schedule.

Pushover notifications and Services to monitor as shown below

# ------------------------------------- USER DEFINED VARIABLES -------------------------------------

$ApplicationID = Get-AutomationVariable -Name 'AzO365ServiceHealthApplicationID'
$ApplicationKey = Get-AutomationVariable -Name 'AzO365ServiceHealthApplicationKey'
$TenantDomain = Get-AutomationVariable -Name 'AzO365TenantDomain'
$URI = Get-AutomationVariable -Name 'AzO365TeamsURI'
$Minutes = '1440'

# Pushover notifications in case Teams is down.
# Due to limitations and readability, the script will only send the title of the incident/advisory to Pushover. 
# COMMENT OUT THIS SECTION IF YOU DON'T WANT TO USE PUSHOVER!

#$Pushover = 'yes' # Comment out if you don't want to use Pushover. I use 'yes' for readability.
#$PushoverToken = Get-AutomationVariable -Name 'AzO365PushoverToken' # Your API token. Comment out if you don't want to use Pushover
#$PushoverUser = Get-AutomationVariable -Name 'AzO365PushoverUser' # User/Group token. Comment out if you don't want to use Pushover
#$PushoverURI = 'https://api.pushover.net/1/messages.json' # DO NOT CHANGE! Default Pushover URI. Comment out if you don't want to use Pushover

# Service(s) to monitor
# Leave the one(s) you DON'T want to check empty (with '' ), add a value in the ones you WANT to check (I added 'yes' for readability)

$ExchangeOnline = 'yes'
$MicrosoftForms = 'yes'
$MicrosoftIntune = 'yes'
$MicrosoftKaizala = 'yes'
$SkypeforBusiness = 'yes'
$MicrosoftDefenderATP = 'yes'
$MicrosoftFlow = 'yes'
$FlowinMicrosoft365 = 'yes'
$MicrosoftTeams = 'yes'
$MobileDeviceManagementforOffice365 = 'yes'
$OfficeClientApplications = 'yes'
$Officefortheweb = 'yes'
$OneDriveforBusiness = 'yes'
$IdentityService = 'yes'
$Office365Portal = 'yes'
$OfficeSubscription = 'yes'
$Planner = 'yes'
$PowerApps = 'yes'
$PowerAppsinMicrosoft365 = 'yes'
$PowerBI = 'yes'
$AzureInformationProtection = 'yes'
$SharePointOnline = 'yes'
$MicrosoftStaffHub = 'yes'
$YammerEnterprise = 'yes'

# Classification(s) to monitor
# Leave the one(s) you DON'T want to check empty (with '' ), add a value in the ones you WANT to check (I added 'yes' for readability)

$Incident = 'yes'
$Advisory = 'yes'

# ------------------------------------- END OF USER DEFINED VARIABLES -------------------------------------

You will now need to define a schedule within the Runbook for it to execute.

Once you have done all of the above, you will receive a nice notification in Microsoft Teams about the Service Health Status

In my next article I will show how simple it is too trigger this Runbook using Power Automate.

Regards
The Author – Blogabout.Cloud

Posted in Skype for Business

March 3rd, 2021 by Author

Additions : 1
Updates : 5

New FeaturesCurrent Status
Windows: Windows Update for Business deployment serviceIn Development
Updated FeaturesCurrent StatusUpdate Type
Microsoft Teams: Link thumbnail preview in AssignmentsLaunchedStatus
SharePoint: Video WebpartsRolling OutStatus, Title, Description
Microsoft Information Protection: Co-authoring on MIP-encrypted documentsLaunchedStatus, Title
Microsoft 365: License management in the Microsoft 365 Admin appRolling OutStatus
Microsoft Defender for Office 365: Email entity pageLaunchedStatus

Regards
The Author – Blogabout.Cloud

Posted in Skype for Business

March 2nd, 2021 by Tom Arbuthnot

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Announced at Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft is going to offer first-party calling plans for 8 new countries, rolling out between April and June this year:

  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • Romania
  • Czech Republic
  • Hungary
  • Finland
  • Norway
  • Slovakia

This will bring the total countries Microsoft covers up to 24 directly from Microsoft:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Netherlands
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom (U.K.)
  • United States (U.S.)

Microsoft also has direct partnerships with Telstra for Australia and Softbank for Japan. For Softbank, your tenant must be in Japan. That used to be the case for Telstra too, but now you can actually utilize Telstra Calling Plans for your Australian users even if your tenant is homed elsewhere.

The much bigger news in the telephony space is Operator Connect for Microsoft Teams, which allows PSTN operators to make their services (phone numbers and calling plans) available to provision directly in the Teams Admin Center, meaning you can assign PSTN calling and PSTN conferencing numbers directly to end-users in a single admin experience.

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March 2nd, 2021 by Josh Leporati

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We are excited to announce the Champion Management Platform coming later this month! As we put the final touches on version 1, we wanted to ensure you had awareness of the platform and what was coming as part of it. 

 

Champions are our heartbeat, and we are excited to be able to deliver a set of tools aimed at helping you manage, scale, and inspire your teamwork champions to achieve even more. This solution is built to be lightweight and easy to customize so you can fit it into your program however it is best suited.

 

The Champion Management Platform is built on the SharePoint framework and loaded directly into Microsoft Teams. You can load it to an existing champion team or deploy a new team template specifically for champions and load the solution there. Let's talk about the three main components of the platform in this version.

Champion management and nomination​

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The first part of this toolset aims to help manage the champions in your organization by keeping a list of members, enabling the ability to signup new champions, and providing an approval system to onboard new members into the champion program.

 

Leaderboard​

champion-management-platform-leadership.jpgThe Leaderboard allows you to track campaigns across the champion group. You will be able to define the types of actives and point values. Champions will be able to see their ranking from a global perspective, based on people near them in location, as well as the specialty they have assigned.

 

Digital Badge

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The Digital Badge allows you to easily overlay a teamwork champion badge over your profile image for display across the Microsoft 365 solutions. Showcasing this badge helps to identify champions and provide a bit of recognition for their contributions to the role.

 

We can not wait to hear how you leverage this platform the drive results in your own champion programs. Let us know your feedback and ideas on how we can improve, and thank you for everything you do!

 

Champion Management Platform – Microsoft Adoption

 

/Josh

 

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March 2nd, 2021 by Microsoft_Teams_team

Today at Ignite, we are announcing innovation coming to Microsoft Teams to help people connect, collaborate, and accomplish more together!


This blog post provides details for all the Microsoft Teams announcements from Ignite. If you are looking for a quick high-level summary, please read this blog post on our Microsoft 365 blog.


Here’s what’s new in:

Meetings

Webinars

Chat and collaboration

Security, compliance, and privacy

Calling

Devices

Power Platforms and custom development

Management

Check out more announcements from Ignite

 


Meetings

Dynamic view
Dynamic view intelligently arranges the elements of your meeting for an optimal viewing experience. As people join, turn on video, start to speak, or begin to present in a meeting, Teams auto-adjusts and personalizes your layout. Dynamic view is rolling out soon.

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View switcher
The new view switcher in the top bar of your Teams meeting allows you to control how you see the meeting content. You may prefer to interact naturally with your colleagues and without visual distractions using Together mode. With Gallery at top, all video feeds display at to the top of your meeting window, making it easier to have a more natural eye gaze with others. Focus hides all video feeds and puts the attention fully on the shared content and Full screen can help remove other desktop distractions. View switcher will be available soon.

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Presenter mode
Use Presenter mode to step up the production level of your presentations and customize how your video feed and content appear to your audience. Our first mode, Standout, shows your video feed as a silhouette in front of the shared content. Reporter places content as a visual aid above your shoulder just like a news story. Side-by-side displays your video feed next to your content. Presenter mode will be available soon.

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PowerPoint Live in Microsoft Teams
PowerPoint Live in Teams gives presenters control and confidence, while providing a more interactive and inclusive experience to your audience. As a presenter, you can now lead meetings with a single view of your notes, slides, meeting chat, and participants. Attendees can also personalize their experience by navigating the content at their own pace or using the screen reader to consume content, allowing people with vision disabilities to follow along with the presentation more easily. PowerPoint Live in Teams is available now. Learn more.

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Live Reactions in Microsoft Teams meetings
All attendees can now use emojis to react during a meeting. These reactions help promote inclusivity in meetings and keep things upbeat and interactive. Live Reactions in Microsoft Teams meetings is now available. Learn more.

 

 

Webinars
Attendee registration and email confirmations
Soon, setting up and running webinars will be just as easy as meetings in Teams. Easily add a custom attendee registration page to your meeting or webinar to manage attendance before and after any engagement. Following registration, attendees automatically receive an email confirmation for a simple join experience.

 

1,000-person interactive webinars with moderation control
Beginning this month, Microsoft Teams supports interactive meetings and webinars for up to 1,000 attendees, including rich presentation options, live reactions, and moderation controls to disable chat, audio, and video for the attendees of the event.

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20,000-person view-only broadcasts
Once your webinar grows to over 1,000 attendees, Teams will seamlessly scale to accommodate a 10,000-person view-only broadcast experience, including host moderation control that automatically disables attendees’ audio and video to prevent accidental presentation interruptions. And during this time of increased remote work, take advantage of even larger 20,000-person broadcasts through the end of this year. This feature is available this month.


Attendee reporting
Following your webinar, you can use reporting to understand attendee participation such as who attended and how long they participated. Download an attendee report to review, or use data to produce your own custom reports. Attending reporting will available to download this month, and additional reporting capabilities within Teams will be available next quarter.

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Teams and Microsoft Dynamics 365 event experience
Today, Dynamics 365 Marketing customers can deliver integrated marketing campaigns using the robust event capabilities in Teams and the attendee management experiences from Dynamics 365 Marketing. And coming soon, following a Teams webinar, customers can connect to Dynamics 365 Marketing to deliver a range of marketing activities, from basic follow-up communications to more sophisticated relationship marketing campaigns. And if you use another marketing platform, Teams makes it easy to bring your event contacts with you. Learn More about generally available features..

 

These new capabilities will be available in Microsoft 365 E3/E5, Microsoft 365 A3/A5 and Microsoft 365 Government G3/G5 plans. Additionally, Microsoft 365 Business Standard and Microsoft 365 Business Premium plans will include all the features above for 300 attendees.
 

 

Chat and Collaboration
Microsoft Teams Connect
Teams Connect makes it easy to share channels with anyone, internal or external to your organization. The shared channel will appear within an individual’s primary Teams tenant alongside other teams and channels, making it easy for everyone to access it in their workflow. In the shared workspace, you can leverage Teams rich collaboration capabilities: chat, meet, call, share and co-author documents in real-time. Admins have access to granular controls, allowing their organization to stay in control of how external users access data and information. Teams Connect is available today in private preview and will roll out broadly later this calendar year.

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Teams and Dynamics 365 business process experience
Stay in the flow of work with new Dynamics 365 Sales, Marketing, Customer Service, Field Service, and Teams connected experiences. Take advantage of Teams capabilities like chatting, sharing documents, and managing meeting and webinar invites without leaving the Dynamics 365 workspace. You can also securely access, update, and share Dynamics 365 records from within Microsoft Teams. These features will be rolling out in April.


Learn more in the Dynamics 365 announcement blog.

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Task publishing checklist and editing capabilities
Task publishing enables corporate teams to create and publish tasks, for example to all frontline locations and other configurable attributes of a distributed workforce. Now, corporate teams can add a checklist to the tasks they publish, enabling them to include rich details on what needs to get done within each task and drive deeper clarity from top down. Corporate teams can also edit published tasks without having to recall the entire task list. These features will be available later this month. Learn more.


Approvals app updated with templates, attachment capabilities, and markdown support
Approvals in Microsoft Teams enables you to easily create, manage, and share approvals directly from your workflow. Starting in April, new out-of-the-box and customizable templates will provide a repeatable structure for common approvals—like requesting time off or paid leave. Coming later this month, you’ll be able to attach files directly from Microsoft OneDrive and SharePoint, as well as attach a generic link for content that is hosted outside of Microsoft 365, so your request will always have the latest content. Finally, this month we are also adding full Markdown support in both adaptive cards and the details view, so you can ensure all your approvals are formatted correctly for all your approval processes.

 

Teams mobile experience enhancements
This month, we’re announcing several new capabilities to enhance the mobile experience. First, the mobile app will have an updated visual look and feel that includes new headers, icons, and styling along with the ability to automatically switch to dark theme when you set your device appearance setting to dark. Other updates include the ability to access files stored in Teams while offline, a new search experience with suggestions, the ability to pin chats, and an expanded library of emojis and the ability to trim GIFs directly in the Teams app. These features are coming to iOS first, followed by Android.

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Security, compliance, and privacy
End-to-end encryption option for Teams 1:1 VoIP calls
Microsoft Teams will support an option to use end-to-end encryption (E2EE) for ad hoc 1:1 Teams VoIP calls, providing an additional option for conducting sensitive online conversations. To support customer security and compliance requirements, IT will have full control of who can use E2EE in the organization. E2EE for Teams 1:1 VoIP calls will be available to commercial customers in preview in the first half of this calendar year, expanding support for online meetings later. Learn more.


Teams Multi-Geo support
To help customers meet data residency requirements, Microsoft 365 Multi-Geo has been extended to include Microsoft Teams, allowing organizations to specify where their Teams customer data sits, down to the team and end user. Teams Multi-Geo will begin rolling out in April.


Disable attendee video during meetings
Disable video will allow a meeting organizer to disable the video of an individual or all attendees. As a meeting safety capability, disable video can help organizers and educators running meetings or classes have more control to better manage undesired disruptions. Similar to hard mute, once an attendee has had their video disabled, they cannot override the organizer. Disable video will be rolling out later this year.


Invite only meeting options
A new lobby setting will be available in Teams meeting options where only meeting participants who were explicitly invited to the meeting are able to join directly. Once applied, any participants who were not invited directly will be directed to the lobby where they will wait to be admitted. Invite only will be rolling out later this month.


Safe Links for Teams
Safe Links helps protect your business against malicious sites when people click links in Office apps. Safe Links for Teams will be rolling out later this month.


Co-author in encrypted docs using Office Apps
Multiple users can now simultaneously edit an Office document that has been encrypted using Microsoft Information Protection, including using auto-save. Co-authoring in encrypted docs is supported through the Office apps, Office Web Apps, and Teams and is available now!

 


Calling
Operator Connect
Operator Connect is a new way for customers to simply and quickly enable PSTN calling for Teams, using services from non-Microsoft telephony operators. Administrators can select their desired operator in the Teams Admin Center, and provision phone numbers to their users in just hours, with no required hardware. Operator-managed technical support and service level agreements are available to help with deployment and meet operational requirements. Operator Connect will enter public preview later this year. Learn more.


Operator Connect Conferencing
Operator Connect Conferencing allows you to add non-Microsoft telephony operator dial-in numbers to a Microsoft Audio Conferencing bridge. You can maintain your preferred non-Microsoft telephony operator relationships, diversify your PSTN infrastructure to include additional non-Microsoft telephony operators, and take advantage of expanded geographic dial-in coverage. Operator-managed technical support and service level agreements are available to help with deployment and meet operational requirements. Operator Connect Conferencing will enter private preview next quarter. Learn more.


Microsoft Calling Plan expansion
Microsoft Teams Calling plans provide a fast and simple way to deploy calling in Microsoft Teams with no on-premises equipment. We are expanding our geographic coverage to eight new markets beginning next month and completing by end of June 2021. New markets include New Zealand, Singapore, Romania, Czech Republic, Hungary, Finland, Norway, and Slovakia, meaning that customers in 26 markets can now use Microsoft-provided calling plans to place and receive PSTN calls in Teams. Learn more.


Contact Center and Compliance Recording certified solutions
Contact Center and Compliance Recording certification programs help ensure the reliable and seamless integration of contact center and compliance recording solutions with Microsoft Teams. This month, we are announcing that Anywhere365, ComputerTalk, Enghouse, and 8x8 have achieved contact center certification for their solutions. Additionally, NICE, AudioCodes, Dubber, ASC, Numonix, and Verint have achieved compliance recording certification for their solutions. Learn more about these certified contact center and certified compliance recording solutions.


Endpoint transfer
Teams makes it easy to place and receive calls from several different endpoints, including desktop and mobile devices, but sometimes you need to move locations or devices to finish your call. The new endpoint transfer capability will allow you to seamlessly move your calls between different devices, such as from your laptop to mobile phone, without any interruption in call service or quality. Endpoint transfer will be available early next quarter.


Low data mode
Whether you want to preserve data or are just in a location with a poor or limited network connection, sometimes it’s helpful to limit the amount of data you’re using during a video call. A new low data mode is now available, allowing users to cap the amount of data that will be used during Teams video calls as well as establish different settings based on network availability so that the setting can be turned on always, or only while on cellular networks.

 


Devices
New gallery views now available in Microsoft Teams Rooms
In a Teams Room, we want everyone to feel included, and that starts with being able to see people clearly, especially those joining the meeting from home. We’ve brought new video gallery views to the room, including Together Mode and large gallery. And whether the room has one screen or two, you’ll be able to see meeting content and people joining remotely at the same time. New gallery views on Teams Rooms are available today.

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Intelligent speakers for Microsoft Teams Rooms

We’re also announcing new Microsoft Teams Intelligent speaker that can identify and differentiate the voices of up to 10 people talking in a Microsoft Teams Room. These speakers were created in partnership with EPOS and Yealink, and allow attendees to use the transcript to follow along or capture actions, by knowing who in the room said what. Whether you are working remotely or following the meeting in the conference room, you can effectively see who said what during the meeting. To enable privacy and security, users are in full control and can turn attribution on or off at any time.

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Teams panels
Microsoft Teams panels is a space and time management solution powered by a native Teams experience running on a compact digital display, built in partnership with Crestron and Yealink. It comes with vibrant color-coded LED indicators, you can determine space availability from a distance, while the intuitive and easy to read UI presents space and meeting information so you can confirm you’re in the right place at the right time. If you have an ad hoc meeting, you can book it directly from the panel and instantly reserve a room when you need it. Teams panels are now available.

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New functionality for Teams display

This month, we’re announcing several new features for Teams display. Now, when joining a Teams meeting from the Teams display, you will now be able to change your background to any of the existing Teams supplied images. You can also now express live reactions in a meeting to show applause, humor, appreciation, and other sentiments from the Teams display. We’ve also added quick responses and reactions for incoming messages on the ambient screen. Finally, you can now ask Cortana questions like “What’s the time and weather in New York?” using voice on the Lenovo Thinksmart View.


New peripherals certified for Teams
Our portfolio of devices certified for Teams meetings & calling is growing. The Video Conferencing Monitor & Studio Poly 21 from Dell and Poly are the first monitors to integrate web cameras, speakerphones and microphones certified for Teams. The Poly P21 even includes lighting, perfect for helping users present with confidence. Our first video bar certified for Teams is also available, the Studio P15 from Poly, which can be mounted over an existing screen to create a high-definition collaboration endpoint. Finally, new web cameras from Yealink (UVC20) and Aver (Cam 130) help to broaden our portfolio. The Cam 130 also integrates adjustable lighting, so users can be seen well no matter what their environment looks like.


Device-as-a-service (DaaS) expansion
The device-as-a-service (DaaS) monthly financing plans will be extended to additional markets later this month by our Teams marketplace reseller partners. New markets include UK, Australia, Ireland, and Canada. All the products in our portfolio today, pending regional availability, will be available for the offer with qualifying shopping carts. These will be available by the end of March 2021.

 


Custom development and Power Platform
Teams interoperability with Azure Communication Services
Now in public preview, we’re excited to announce Teams interoperability with Azure Communications Services. Use Azure Communications Services to deliver a better customer experience by easily connecting your employees who use Microsoft Teams with users of a custom-built app via voice, video, or chat. Learn more.

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App customization and branding
Now you can customize app properties like app name, description, icons, and more to deliver a branded app experience right within Teams. This feature is now available in the Teams Admin Center.


Teams automation capabilities
Later this month, you will be able to create an action from a message, enabling you to make a Power Automate workflow directly from the message on the spot. We’re also adding a new automation category in the Teams app store full of new Power Automate templates, providing an easy starting point for your automation workflows.

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Updates to Dataverse for Teams limits and upgrades
We are increasing the Dataverse for Teams environment limit for larger tenants from the current 500 to 10,000. Also, you will now be able to seamlessly upgrade your Dataverse for Teams environments to take advantage of the full premium license capabilities—your existing apps and data are automatically ready to go. Learn more.

 


Management

Secure and scale your meeting rooms with ease using Teams Rooms Managed Services
We are announcing a new AI-driven service that delivers proactive Teams Rooms management. The new service uses Microsoft Defender for Endpoint to provide advanced threat protection capabilities that can detect incidents, vulnerabilities, and missing security KBs. The service will take action based on these detections to apply necessary updates, keeping your rooms secure and ready to go. We have also added the ability to detect developing incidents based on complex patterns seen across multiple signals over time. The service will then take proactive steps to remediate on your behalf, to remove disruptions. Learn more.

 

Remote device provisioning
We are simplifying the experience of setting up Teams Android devices remotely from the Teams Admin Center. Remote provisioning eliminates the need to physically handle devices to sign in. Instead, once the MAC address is added in the Teams Admin Center, technicians just need to install the device, connect to the network, and enter a verification code. After that, IT admins can successfully completely the provisioning remotely.

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Real-time telemetry
The new real-time telemetry for meetings enables IT admins and helpdesk to troubleshoot problems during meetings or the events for quick resolution. The data is generated in the Teams Admin Center reports and meetings reports, and provides detailed information around different network parameters like jitter, packet loss, latency, and frames per second—all while using audio, video, and screensharing session. This functionality will ship in the first half of the calendar year.

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Anonymous user usage reports
While all Teams reporting can only be viewed by approved roles, we are adding an extra layer of data privacy to protect user data even more. Now, you have the option to anonymize user data, protecting user privacy while viewing, downloading, sharing, and accessing the Teams usage report data. Once enabled, personally identifiable information like username, email addresses, and Active Directory IDs will be anonymized. This capability will be available by the end of March.


Teams user usage report in Teams client
Teams user usage report in the Power BI analytic hub provides users with a view into their Teams activities and usage. You can generate insights and metrics on a per-team and cross-team basis to understand a user’s interaction with peers and across the organization. The reports are generated with privacy in mind; individual users can view their own data. This reporting capability will be available by end of March.


App risk evaluation
Coming soon, Teams admins will be able to view the security, compliance, and data privacy details for apps coming from Microsoft Cloud App Security. This will help Teams admins save time on security reviews and enable more focused selection-based security specifications, resulting in increased app quality. This capability will be rolling out this year.

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Streamline the experience of managing guest users
Last month, we turned on guest access by default to simplify an inclusive meeting experience. This month, we are adding scheduled access reviews for guests across all Teams and Groups by default. The system will automatically schedule periodic guest access reviews across Teams, delivering better identity security hygiene.


Policy enhancements in Teams Admin Center
New custom policy packages will empower Teams admins to configure their own set of policy packages tailored to users with similar roles in their organization. We are also adding the capability to assign policy package to a group so you can assign multiple policies to a group of users. These policies enhancements will be available during March. Learn more.

 


Check out more announcements from Ignite
Microsoft Viva
Last month we introduced Microsoft Viva, the new employee experience platform that brings together communications, knowledge, learning, resources, and insights seamlessly into the Microsoft 365 apps that you use every day, empowering people and teams to be their best from wherever they work. Today we’re excited to announce that the desktop experience for Viva Connections will begin rolling out to all customers as part of their existing SharePoint license. Starting in April, the Viva Learning module will begin rolling out in public preview. Finally, the Viva Insights virtual commute experience and the new Home tab will be available starting in April. To learn more about these updates, please visit the Microsoft Viva Blog.

 


Before you leave, be sure to check out all the great Teams sessions and content from Ignite and read more about what’s new in these other Teams blogs:

 

Thank you all for reading and being a part of our Microsoft Teams Community. Your feedback has been critical in the development of Microsoft Teams and we wouldn’t have reached this point without it. What was your favorite announcement from today?

 

Posted in Skype for Business

March 2nd, 2021 by Tom Arbuthnot

More Ignite news pouring in. Back in August 2020, Microsoft announced they would support the native registration of specific SIP phones to Microsoft Teams. We haven’t heard much since then.

Today it was announced that the SIP gateway is going into Preview (I haven’t personally heard anything about the preview yet).

Capabilities *may* (note the “may” disclaimer word in the blog) include

  • Inbound & outbound calls
  • Call transfer
  • Dial-in/out to meetings
  • Device-based do not disturb
  • Voicemail indicators

I’m really curious to find out more about the SIP gateway. I wonder if it will actively block device ID’s that are not supported? How will credentials work?

Only specific models will be supported. Compatible/Supported phones include:

  • Cisco IP Phones with MPP (Multiplatform Phones) firmware
    • 6821
    • 6901
    • 7800 series
    • 8800 series
  • Poly VVX series
    • 100
    • 200
    • 300
    • 400
    • 500
    • 600
  • Yealink
    • T20 series
    • T30 series
    • T40 series
    • T50 series
  • Audio 400 HD series

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AudioCodes 400 series and Poly VVX support will be a big deal for the many Skype for Business customers with large estates of these phones. I would assume Microsoft are looking to move these phones over to SIP Gateway and to native SIP firmware and away from the Skype for Business firmware and the gateway that allows those phones, in SfB firmware, to work with Teams.

Microsoft is clearly positioning this as “if you have these phones you can leverage them, more than, you should buy these SIP phones over Teams Phones, as they continue to position more affordable teams phones as coming, including the Yealink MP52 and AudioCodes C435

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Posted in Skype for Business