Category: Skype for Business

November 15th, 2019 by Ståle Hansen

It was a packed room when Microsoft Principal Program Manager Bryan Nyce and Microsoft Senior Program Manager László Somi was going to talk about how to run Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams side-by-side. As an MVP I have been helping out in the Teams booths at Microsoft Ignite. A lot of questions were about how to integrate with the on-premises environment and what is the best practice when moving from Skype to Teams. This is a highly popular topic and is a shift from previous years where the questions were more about why.





They started the session head on to tackle the coexistence scenarios. The moment you assign a Microsoft Teams license to a user, you are in a coexistence mode. Island mode can be a confusing mode to be in because you have overlapping capabilities such as presence and chat. When you start a chat in Teams it lands in the receiver person's Teams and not in Skype for Business and so on.

The modes available for good coexistence

  • Collaboration only in Teams, chat, federation, telephony, meetings and presence in Skype for Business
  • Collaboration and meetings in Teams, chat, federation, and telephony stays in Skype for Business
  • Teams only mode, chat, federation, telephony, and meetings are all moved to Teams
    • The Skype for Business client is still installed on your computer, but it is only a meeting join client, in case you get invited to an external Skype for Business meeting
    • Teams Only refer to the experience of a user who has been upgraded from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams
  • Read more about the coexistence modes at

The coexistence experience in Teams only mode for federation you need the latest click to run or the two months old MSI version of Office. That is when screen sharing buttons work correct in the interop scenario and you get proper notifications that the other party is using a different client then you are.

A common question Bryan gets asked is; when will you make desktop sharing natively available in Teams? His answer is; get to Teams, then it will be native, these modes are only made to be a step on the way, the end-goal is to get to Teams.

Before moving to the Teams features, think about your capabilities such as video interop, telephony, devices, and end-user training. László pointed out that you should not move the users to teams only experience unless they are ready for that experience. He recommended to go and see the adoption sessions available at Microsoft Ignite.

Two options for telephony in Microsoft Teams

The two options you have for telephony in Teams are either Calling Plans, numbers delivered by Microsoft, which works the same as it is in Skype for Business Online. If you have this deployed today, no change is required to get calling in Teams.


The second option is using Direct Routing. Hybrid Skype for Business with telephony for online users through your on-premises environment, does not work in Teams. In those scenarios Direct Routing is the option, you use a certified SBC to connect a sip trunk to Teams.


Before they opened to the floor for an extensive Q&A they shared their main key takeaways. I highly recommend you watch the recording and hear the questions asked and what Bryan and László answered

  • User adoption is critical regardless of the path you take
  • Recognizing the paths available for migration - Both paths are available to you regardless of your starting point
  • Identifying common upgrade scenarios
  • Defining the upgrade path most suitable for your organization
  • Understand voice migration options to Teams



If you want more information and help with moving from Skype for Business to Teams, There are a lot of resources available to help you to find the best approach on you journey to Teams:

View the recording when it becomes available here:


About the Author

Ståle Hansen RD & MVP
Principal Cloud Architect at CloudWay


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November 15th, 2019 by Roxy Ndebumadu
Check out this webinar on “Everyday Etiquette in Microsoft Teams in Government“ This is part three of our FED UP series. Check out our previous posts: Part 1: How to Ensure Operational Governance for Microsoft Teams Part 2: US Government Certifications in the Microsoft Cloud Part 3: What Government Agencies Need to Know About the […]

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November 15th, 2019 by UC Now Skype/Teams News Feed
By Zeus Kerravala
Offers integration that automates flow into Office 365, Azure Virtual WAN using first-packet detection.

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November 15th, 2019 by UC Now Skype/Teams News Feed

Get ready to dive into all things Yammer with this must watch list from the Yammer Product teams.  View the sessions, download the slides and take notes as you learn during every session just as if you were there in person!  


First up, the Yammer keynote!  

The future of Yammer: Share knowledge, engage leaders, and build communities in Microsoft 365  


Murali Sitaram, General Manager Yammer and Office 365 Groups 

Jason Mayans, Group Product Manager Yammer 

Steve Nguyen, Product Evangelist  


The Yammer product leadership team unveiled the most significant innovations in Yammer history. Explore the vision for Yammer powering leadership engagement, corporate communications, and communities in Microsoft 365.  


Discover new Yammer features and integrations that empower people to connect and share knowledge across the organization with open conversation backed by enterprise-grade privacy, security, and compliance. 

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Featured Yammer Product Sessions 

Building thriving Yammer communities for knowledge sharing   

Kaleem Rahman, Product Management 

Angus Florance, Product Marketing 


Angus and Kaleem share how Yammer powers communities and knowledge sharing in SharePoint and Microsoft Teams. Learn what's new and coming next across Microsoft 365 to extend the powers of what your community can do and how knowledge management and AI can provide real business outcomes, save time, and deliver value. You’ll see a handful of examples of communities from the Yammer Microsoft network and tips for managing your communities.  

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New experiences and innovations in Yammer 

Adrienne Trudeau, Product Management  

Tamanna Kottwani, Product Management 


Adrienne and Tamanna share what's new in Yammer. Take a deeper look at the latest innovative capabilities and experiences coming to Yammer. Watch them demo how Yammer powers and connects organizations and how it's designed to drive engagement, increase communication and learning, and forge the path of knowledge management in the modern workplace. 


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New Yammer compliance and administration experiences in Microsoft 365 

 John Bacus, Product Management 

Adam Peretz, Product Management 


John and Adam share about how to administer your Yammer network and manage its compliance using the same Microsoft 365 tools you use for Microsoft Teams, Office 365 groups, and other Microsoft products.  


This session covers recently added support in Yammer for data residency in Europe, and dives deep into Native Mode, which allows all users, groups, and files to be managed through the Microsoft 365 and Azure Active Directory admin centers.  


Also, learn about new Yammer eDiscovery and data governance features in the Microsoft 365 compliance center. 

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Using video to connect leaders and employees on Yammer 

 Kasia Krzoska; Product Management 

Steve Nguyen, Product Evangelist  


This session provides both the strategy and tools needed to supercharge engagement and reduce the distance between leadership through to your Firstline workforce. You’ll hear about how to foster employee participation, address issues, and take important steps towards driving company initiatives.  


Learn the components of a modern leadership engagement environment using Yammer, SharePoint, Microsoft Stream, Microsoft Teams, and live events.  


Plus you’ll get a real example of using different types of videos that you can use within your organization Ways to engage video.JPG


How IT can support business functions like corporate communications, HR, and marketing 


Kasia Krzoska, Product Management  

Ayesha Mascarenhas, Product Management 


Kasia and Ayesha share how IT can drive business outcomes and support HR, corporate communications, legal, and other departments by creating easy-to-build engagement platforms using Yammer, Microsoft SharePoint, and Microsoft Stream.  

See the platform come to life with examples of how departments can use these tools to drive onboarding, adoption, marketing, compliance, and more. 


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We hope you’ve enjoyed some of the Yammer product team’s sessions at Ignite 2019.  



If you have questions after you’ve watched the sessions, share with us below.  

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November 15th, 2019 by UC Now Skype/Teams News Feed

Jeffrey Pearl of OTG Consulting shares his insights on a variety of topics in this hour long video. 

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November 15th, 2019 by johnacook

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November 15th, 2019 by johnacook

Migrating from Skype for Business Server 2019 to Microsoft Teams: The Ultimate Guide
— Read on

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November 15th, 2019 by Kressmark
Presented by: Keara James

Session summary:
Discover how to create and manage shift schedules and learn about the latest mobile features in Teams.

My Notes:

Firstline worker - anyone who clocks in and clocks out, for example a nurse, teacher, construction worker, police officer.

A schedule can be created in the GUI or by uploading an excel file, a schedule can be created first and when done shared with the team. Schedules can be exported to excel or as a pdf for easy printing. Team members can easily swap shifts with each other. Schedules can be populated from Chronos or JDE.

With an F1 license you see the Shifts app in the mobile Teams client. A user can be part of multiple Teams / multiple schedules. Employees clock in and out and take breaks, and they can request time off using the mobile client

The mobile Shifts experience

Off-shift access can be enabled by administrators to provide a notification to Firstline Workers when they access the Teams app on their personal device outside of their payable hours. When the user acknowledges this message they can still access the mobile Teams app.

Delegated User Management allows Firstline managers to manage user credentials (phone numbers) via the My Staff portal.

SMS Sign-in will allow a Firstline Worker to sign-in with only the phone number and a one-time passcode received via SMS.

Global sign-out will sign out from Teams and any other LOB application the Firstline Worker might be signed in to.


What do we need to start using Shifts?
The Teams app installed on the mobile phone, and an F1, E3 or E5 license.

Is the Outlook calendar integrated with Shifts?
No, but the product group is considering this.

What is the maximum number of users in Shifts?
Same limits as for Microsoft Teams.

Is it possible to clock in and out with the desktop app?
No, but the product group is considering this.

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November 15th, 2019 by Dr Nitin Paranjape

Have you tried the Zoom feature of Teams? It can make your life easier.  This works in the Desktop and Browser editions. Not on mobile app.


Teams Zoom keyboard shortcut

Use Ctrl + to Zoom in and Ctrl – to Zoom out.

Why use Teams Zoom

Zooming In makes it easier to read and notice details. Find what level is comfortable for your eyes and the type of work you do. It will help you reduce eyestrain and work more effectively.  Sometimes, Zooming out also helps to get the overall picture.

I use Teams Zoom for demos

I am conducting lots of sessions for customers almost on a daily basis. Teams is one of the products I cover. When I am showing Teams to audiences who have not seen it before, showing it in Zoom mode is very effective.The audience can appreciate various parts of the user interface and learn how to use it fairly quickly.

Teams Zoom using mouse

Press the CTRL key on keyboard and use the mouse Wheel.

Teams Zoom using menu

Go to the top right corner where you see your user icon. Click on it to open the dropdown. Use the + and – keys to Zoom In or Out.
The last button is to reset it to 100%.

Teams Zoom controls

Zoom levels

Minimum is 60% and Maximum is 200%. You can cycle through following steps – 60, 70, 85, 100, 120, 145, 170, 200.

What is unique about Teams Zoom

There are two types of Zoom. Screen Zoom and Document Zoom. All Office tools (and many other apps) support document zoom.

Zooming makes the DOCUMENT grow bigger (or smaller). The menus (ribbon / UI) does not increase in size.

Teams is unique in the sense that the entire application behaves like a document. Therefore, when you use Teams Zoom the UI as well as the content becomes bigger.

For all other products, in order to Zoom in to the UI, you have to use Windows + and Windows – (Magnifier).

The post Use Teams Zoom appeared first on Efficiency 365.

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November 15th, 2019 by Lasse Nordvik Wedø
A new notification option will start rolling out next month. According to the news posted in the admin center, roadmap feature 57455 will be rolling out in December. It is a new way to recognize new members to Teams, but also another notification setting we need to train users to control if that's what they like. This feature will be on by default, and there are to my knowledge nothing admins

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