Changing the Display Name Format In Microsoft Teams From Last, First to First, Last

In Microsoft Teams, the name of your internal contacts is displayed in the format found in the displayName field in Azure AD. For some organizations this is never an issue. However, some larger and older organizations still use the Last name, First name as their display name format. This format dates back to some perceived… Read More

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Microsoft Teams Prevent Automatic Startup

Today I was asked whether it is possible to stop the Teams desktop client from automatically loading on start-up once deployed to a user. The reason we have to consider this is because IT need to control the deployment of the application and therefore we all know that deployment success rates are hard to achieve… Read More

Microsoft Teams, Policies, Islands and Interoperability

If you are considering rolling out Teams into your organization that already has a Skype for Business user base, you will need to understand the effects of Microsoft Teams policies, Client Modes and Interoperability. Out of the box functionality takes care of the standard interop between Skype for Business Online and Teams. By default, users… Read More

Microsoft Voicemail Just Got Expensive For Some

Well Skype for Business Server 2019 got released in Public Preview alongside Exchange and Sharepoint distros this week and there has been lots of noise about feature removals and quiet squeaks about feature additions. It comes as no surprise really as Microsoft turns the cloud up to eleven and trail blaze into a seemingly cloud… Read More

Microsoft Teams Direct Routing Cannot Transfer Call

Today I was doing some prep work for one of my customers who are going to be implementing Direct Routing in the coming weeks. It is the first opportunity that I have had to really put Direct Routing through its paces. I am fortunate that my lab has a SIP trunk provided by┬áPure-IP (www.pure-ip.com) so… Read More

Planning Your Conferencing Room Solution for Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is really taking off now with organizations seriously considering how they can best take advantage of the technology offered by this product. There is certainly a lot of activity around meeting experiences with various vendors coming to trade shows with their shiny new device for Teams meetings. But being a techie it is… Read More

Microsoft Teams – Grant Guest Users Meet Now & IP Calling Capability

By default users added to a Microsoft Teams Team that are external users i.e. guest users have a reduced feature capability set compared to an internal user. For instance, in peer to peer conversations a guest user can perform a private group chat, but audio and video functionality is not allowed due to license restriction… Read More

Microsoft Teams Adds Message Translation! Here Is How You Turn It On

Microsoft announced at Inspire this week the release of message translation of chat messages to the recipient’s native tongue. In order to use this feature, administrators must enable this on your tenant. You can do this using the Messaging Policy. As yet this option does not appear in the Teams Admin Portal, but you can… Read More

Microsoft Teams – Federation Capabilities

Microsoft have released federation capabilities to Microsoft Teams and this has been rolling out to tenants over the world in the past few weeks. This is a much anticipated feature and one of the most critical differentiators that turned cloud first companies to explore Skype for Business Online rather than Teams for their Unified Communications.… Read More