News from Teams and SFB from Ignite 2018

Last week (24. – 28. of September 2018) Microsoft Ignite 2018 took place in Orlando, FL, USA. There were several news and announcements regarding intelligent communication based on Microsoft Teams, Skype for Business (Server) and related technology and services.

You can find a link list of interesting sessions regarding Teams and Skype for Business, here and of course you can watch the recordings of the sessions on demand, if available.

In case you wan a bulk download of the contents, there is a useful PowerShell script you can get from the TechNet Script Gallery.

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What’s new in Microsoft Teams for September 2018?

There are a some interesting news regarding Microsoft Teams for this/past month (August/September 2018) which I’d like to sum up and share with you:

  1. Skype for Business Online and Teams feature-parity is reached based on the official roadmap (pretty nice!)
    (Cp. external source: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-Teams-Blog/Microsoft-Teams-is-now-a-complete-meeting-and-calling-solution/ba-p/236042, roadmap https://skypeandteams.blob.core.windows.net/artefacts/Skype%20for%20Business%20to%20Teams%20Capabilities%20Roadmap.pdf)

    1. Messaging feature-parity (for details see above external links)
    2. Meetings feature-parity (for details see above external links)
    3. Calling feature-parity (for details see above external links)
    4. Replace Skype for Business Online over time with Teams
  2. You can now choose your mic and speaker (headset) before joining a Microsoft Teams Call/Conf
    (Cp. external source: https://www.petri.com/microsoft-fixed-one-annoying-aspects-teams)
  3. Microsoft Teams Launches Canada, Australia and Japan Data Residency
    (Cp. external source: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-Teams-Blog/Microsoft-Teams-Launches-Australia-and-Japan-Data-Residency/ba-p/237827, https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-Teams-Blog/Microsoft-Teams-Launches-Canada-Data-Residency-Australia-and/ba-p/227178)
  4. I’m also looking forward to Microsoft Ignite 2018 to get some Team news and insights …

Enjoy working with Teams and the extended rich feature set.

Get Microsoft Teams for free to enhance your collaboration expierence if you haven’t yet tried

Do you want to try Microsoft Teams? You can now easily get Teams and evaluate some basic communication and collaboration features for up to 300 people. E.g. unlimited chat, search, 10 GB for storing your team data, 2 GB per person, audio/video meetings (P2P, multiparty), Office Online apps, third party apps and of course internal as well as external communication and collaboration.

For more details go and visit the Microsoft Teams Blog Post: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-Teams-Blog/Introducing-a-free-version-of-Microsoft-Teams/ba-p/214592

 

Take a look at Microsoft Teams from an user perspective to be more productive

Are you already familiar with Microsoft Teams? I hope so. Teams is an impressiv communication and collaboration platform enabling your workforce to cope with different kind of workloads within a single pane of glass. P2P chat, team chat, presence, audio calling, video calling, app sharing, meetings, (third-party) app integration, (soon) PSTN telephony, bot integration … just to name a few features. Pretty amazing, isn’t it!?! Let’s have a quick look including the latest updates on Teams features:

Microsoft Teams full tutorial with recent updates

I have been using Microsoft Teams since released. To me, it helps reduce mails, structure projects and its belonging communication and collaboration workloads. It really eases the work I have to deal with as a virtual project team member.  It allows me to stay more easily in touch with project members and keep track of all the relevant information I need to complete projects successfully.

To start with Microsoft Teams: analyse your business requirements, create personas, create site profiles, assess features to cover these requirements with teams, calculate costs (business case), check feasibility, check gaps, check migration paths, always keep your users in mind (change management for user adoption & training) …

Teams can be seen as one enabling platform for a modern and digital workplace. One part within the complete enterprise and IT architecture landscape. One part to evolve the company towards a digital enterprise.

For more information on Microsoft Teams you can visit www.SuccessWithTeams.com.

Microsoft Ignite 2017 Reminder

Tomorrow, 2017/25/09 Microsoft’s Ignite 2017 in Orlando (US) will kick off. You will be able to watch the keynotes from 15:00 – 23:00 h (UTC +01:00 Amsterdam, Berlin, …) via live stream. I’m looking forward to pretty awesome news and announcements regarding Office 365, Skype for Business, Teams, Yammer, … As you maybe already know there are rumors about SFB Online and Teams to become one or being merged to one single (cloud) platform (see links below)?! I’m thrilled to hear what’s going to happen with SFB and Teams. 🙂

I’m also very interested in UC-related AI (artificial intelligence) topics especially bots and fancy things we will be able to do with it. Automate things for communication-enabled business process (CEBP) etc. There so many options what can be done with it for all kind of companies, from small to large.

Enjoy and get positively amazed! 😉

 

Improve your collaboration capabilities by using Cisco’s Spark Board

Cisco released the Spark Board. It is a collaboration room device for your collaboration spaces or legacy video conferencing rooms. It transforms your Cisco video sessions to collaboration sessions based on the Cisco Spark platform.

  • Use Case: Connect virtual teams and enable them for modern collaboration
  • Goal: Consistency, simplicity, and reliability of experience across the Cisco Spark endpoints
  • Key capabilities: Meeting, calling, messaging, white boarding, sharing
  • Security: End-to-end encryption of the collaboration session
  • Devices: mobile devices, laptops, smartphones, tablets with the Cisco Spark app
  • Type of offer: Cloud Service Subscription model based on Cisco Spark

For more details and an intro video of the Spark Board take a look on Cisco’s website >>here<< and the data sheet of the Spark Board specs >>here<<.So if you are already using a Cisco Video Infrastructure, considering to go for cloud offers to enable you for a more flexible, agile, service-oriented and operation expenditures (opex) approach you could consider to built a hybrid cloud model to combine the best of two worlds: the Cisco video conferencing solution on premise/hosted and Cisco Spark.

Microsoft announced the availability of their cloud services in German Data Centers

Maybe you’ve already heard or read about it: Microsoft now announced that their cloud service offering can be provided by data centers located in Germany.

  • For details please visit the official website >>here<<,
  • for background how it works in Germany in regards of compliance, laws etc. you can find some explanation on the Microsoft Politik website >>here<< and
  • for gain some understanding what or where are the differences, please check out one of many Channel 9 Tech Summit 2016 presentation which explains the differences in regards to Azure >>here<<

In my opinion this is a great step forward in the right direction. Especially for Microsoft customers from Germany requiring services within Germany due to privacy protection topics, compliance, laws and etc.  I’m looking forward that more and more customers in Germany will adopt these cloud services to benefit from using them.