Author Archives: Damien Margaritis

Devices for Microsoft Teams

Microsoft’s Ignite conference has come and gone for another year, and it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to say that 2018 was the year of Microsoft Teams. There were over 60 sessions dedicated to Teams (with a single solitary session to cover Skype for Business – Server 2019), clearly articulating Microsoft’s confidence and […]
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Microsoft Ignite 2018 – Teams Wrap Up

Ignite has come and gone for 2018, and this year did not disappoint. Microsoft Teams has been front and centre, lots of announcements and a wide array of brand new Teams native endpoints including Bluetooth devices, phones, and the next generation of Skype Room Systems (name change perhaps?). Below you’ll find a summary of key […]
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Microsoft Teams Direct Routing Now Generally Available

In an earlier post, I covered off on the configuration of Direct Routing for Microsoft Teams when using a Ribbon SBC Edge appliance. At that time, the service had just entered public preview and was not quite ready for production deployment. With last week’s announcement, this is no longer the case: Direct Routing for Microsoft […]
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Still Using Lync Phone Edition Devices? Read This

UPDATE: Microsoft have changed their stance on support for TLS 1.0 and 1.1 within Office 365 post October 31st 2018. From this date, TLS 1.0/1.1 will not be supported, but devices still using these will not be blocked from connecting to Office 365. Read more about it here. Ahhhh fond memories. I recall with much joy […]
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Configure Direct Trunking to Microsoft Teams with Ribbon SBC Edge

As per this HUGE announcement, Microsoft Phone System Direct Routing is now available! What does this mean? In essence, this means that it is now possible to configure a SIP Trunk directly from a supported on-premises Session Border Controller (SBC) to Microsoft Teams via the internet.     Microsoft’s Enterprise Voice Strategy for the Cloud […]
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Telstra Calling for Office 365 Has Landed

Exciting news is at hand. Telstra and Microsoft have today announced Telstra Calling for Office 365! What does this mean? Unlike other global regions such as the US and UK, if PSTN calling was desired for use with Cloud Based Skype for Business Online users, you had two choices: On-Premises PSTN breakout via Hybrid Skype […]
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Microsoft Announces Skype for Business Server 2019

It’s day 2 at Microsoft Ignite Orlando, and we’ve had the announcement many of us in the industry have been waiting for: Skype for Business Server 2019 will be released towards the end of 2018. What does this mean? After yesterday’s announcement, many were wondering what this meant for on-premises Skype for Business deployments. There’s […]
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Microsoft Teams to Replace Skype for Business… Sorta

News out of Microsoft Ignite Orlando this morning: Microsoft Teams is set to replace Skype for Business as the primary collaboration/teamwork platform – eventually. This came as no surprise to many, given the slip up that occurred last month. Rest assured that this change will not be forced onto end users, and, for the time […]
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Introducing the Polycom Trio 8500 Conference Device

Towards the end of 2015, it was with great joy that the world welcomed the Polycom Trio 8800 conference room device into being. Prior to this, the conference phone of choice for Lync/Skype for Business deployments was the Polycom CX3000: a somewhat ageing platform that was still running Lync Phone Edition software, which Microsoft is […]
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Guest Access for Microsoft Teams Has Landed

Since its inception, there’s been one feature at the top of most people’s Microsoft Teams wish list: Guest access. Today, I can report that the wait is finally over! You can now add anyone (err, anyone with an Azure Active Directory account…) as a guest to a Team. I’m expecting this will be extended in […]
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