Microsoft announced that there will be some enhancements to manage Microsoft Teams Phone System. So what are these enhancements?
Based on the lastest roadmap details the administration of Microsoft Teams Phone System will be improved in the following areas:
- Calling Plans administration
- search phone numbers
- acquire phone numbers
- assign phone number/s to users
- create emergency addressess
- assign emergency addresses to users
- Dial plan/s
- create custom dial plans
- test custom dial plans
- manage custom dial plans
- Dynamic Emergency Calling
- configure dynamic emergency calling
- Auto Attendants / Call Queues
- improved administration
- Microsoft Teams – Phone System Administration Enhancements [M365 Roadmap Featured ID 56786]
In this post I like to notify you about the release of the Microsoft Teams Client for Linux (DEB/RPM package) and it’s minimum hardware requirements. To run Teams on Linux you need to check that the minimum requirements are meet.
Microsoft Teams Linux Client (minimum) Requirements
- OS: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (with certain prereqs, see docs.microsoft.com), 18.04 LTS, Fedora 30 Workstation, RHEL 8 Workstation, CentOS 8
- CPU: > 1.6 GHz (32/64-bit)
- RAM: > 2.0 GB RAM
- Disk: > 3.0 GB available
- Screen resolution: > 1024×768 and > 128 MB GFX RAM
- Peripherie: camera, microphone, speakers (compatible endpoint equipment)
In this post I point you to a very helpful admin resource hub which offers you an entry point in case your are facing issues with Microsoft Office 365. There you’ll find information on troubleshooting for …
- Office 365,
- Teams and
- Skype for Business.
Conclusion, opinion and summary
In my experience the most common issues are related to things like
- Connectivity from/to Office 365 services,
e.g. a client cannot connect to certain IPs/URLs to use a certain service successfully and completely (!) etc.
- Not all prerequisites are satisfied, e.g. UPNs are not ok, e.g. email@example.com or else.
- Misconfiguration/s of clients, e.g. GPOs to redirect an Outlook client always to an onpremise Exchange, not updated proxy pac files etc.
Before you start investigating you should always start to to ask some common questions, for example:
- How many users are affected?
E.g. does it affect a single user or all users at a certain branch site …
- Where are you (and the affected users) located?
E.g. Home Office, corporate premises …
- What’s the issue, could you please describe the issue in more detail?
E.g. my Outlook client asks several times a day for credentials …
- Did you try to connect from another network?
E.g. does the issue also occur if you use a network cable instead of WiFi? Or did you experience the issue only if you are working remotely from home?
- Did you try this from another computer?
In case you check all this you can then dig deeper into the related client or service to figure out what the (root) cause is and how to resolve it. For that, you might go to the related “Office troubleshooting for admins and IT professionals” page on Microsoft docs to proceed troubleshooting and issue resolution.
Below, I also added two helping tools, the well-known Remote Connectivity Analyzer and the Network Testing Companion. The first one is an online troubleshooting analyzer and the second is a PowerShell-based tool which enables you to check client connectivity towards Office 365, either directly within PowerShell or you can open the Network Testing Companion GUI (by executing Invoke-NetworkTestingClient in PowerShell).
Meetings make only sense if there is a defined meeting goal to get a specific outcome and of course if all required (!) stakeholders (can) attend the meeting. In the past it probably happened that you invited someone which might not yet have Microsoft Teams but other meeting technology, e.g. Cisco Webex. So, the invited participant was than unable to join with his/her meeting solution which might not really caused a delightful user meeting experience. To cope with this challenge, there are video interop service for Microsoft Teams which mitigate this, as I wrote in the “Microsoft Teams Video Interoperability” post.
However, that’s not all, the meeting capabilities were improved and getting improved, as it looks like. Microsoft, Cisco and Zoom announced a partnership and demoed it on Ignite 2019 to provide a better user experience for mixed meetings, e.g. Microsoft Teams and Cisco WebEx.
Conclusion, opinion and summary
In my opinion it’s a good idea to support and allow “cross-technology” online meetings just because there are many users on different technologies. It helps users stay productive by just attending online meetings with their commonly used tech/app/device instead of insisting to join a meeting in unfamiliar way.
- Cisco and Microsoft Have Come Together to Deliver a Better User Experience [announcement]
- Microsoft & Cisco partner to simplify meetings and calling for mutual customers [announcement]
- Microsoft Ignite 2019 Session MTG20 What’s New for Microsoft Teams Meetings
- Cisco Webex Meetings for Microsoft Teams
- [Zoom] Using the Microsoft Teams Integration
- [Zoom] Getting Started with the Microsoft Teams Integration
- Microsoft Teams Video Interoperability
In this post I like to highlight six Microsoft Teams (Voice) sessions from Microsoft Ignite 2019 which provide you with knowledge on what you should know about calling capabilities on Microsoft Teams. These sessions are very valuable and you should watch them if you plan, deploy or operate Microsoft Teams including voice workloads (telephony, contact center, …) in your enterprise. If you don’t have much time you might want to download the sessions’ slide decks, if available.
Microsoft Teams Voice Sessions Highlights
At Ignite 2019 there were so many sessions regarding Microsoft Teams with all kind of aspects and focus areas, e.g. adopting, planning, implementing, servicing, troubleshooting, developing etc. Hereinafter, I point you to six excellent sessions held by Microsoft employees from Ignite 2019.
- VCE10 Calling in Microsoft Teams
- VCE20 Updates for Direct Routing
- VCE30 Managing your Microsoft Voice Environment
- VCE40 Compliance Recording and Microsoft Teams
- VCE50 Contact centers and Microsoft Teams
- BRK3204 Troubleshooting Microsoft Teams [not only voice]
In this post I describe what Microsoft Power Virtual Agents are and what’s the benefit of using Power Virtual Agents.
What are Power Virtual Agents?
At Ignite 2019 I heard the first time of Power Virtual Agents.
It’s a service and it’s part of Microsoft’s Power Platform (Power Automate, Power BI, PowerApps). Currently, Power Virtual Agents are in preview.
Power Virtual Agents enables you to build bots to serve your business. It can be done with no-code, within little time and deploy it where ever you need it. For example, you can deploy the Power Virtual Agents in Teams, Skype, Facebook, any website, PowerApps etc. Just awesome!
To give you some quick overview how it looks like, some screenshots:
Advantages and benefits of Power Virtual Agents
- Part of Microsoft’s Power Platform
- No need to be a app developer
- No-coding skills required to begin with
- Easy to setup and start with
- Fast “configuration”
- Fast deployment and publishing into Teams, websites etc.
- Easy to modify
- Easy to extend (teach/train contents to give the bot more “knowledge”)
Conclusion, opinion and summary
Power Virtual Agents can deliver great benefit for your business, internally as well as externally.
You could, for example, build a bot for your web shop,
you could create a FAQ bot (if you have not already one),
you could set up a troubleshooting bot for (end user) support or any other scenario. All this might help to reduce repetitiv and boring tasks for your employees getting these questions asked and allow them to focus on what’s more important for your business success.
It’s really straightforward and it work’s like charm. I’m really excited what I’ve seen and could test in the preview of this service.
In this post I describe what Microsoft 365 learning pathways is and how it can help your company to increase your Microsoft 365 user adoption and productivity.
What’s Microsoft 365 learning pathways?
Learning pathways is a service by Microsoft which offers steadily updated and rich learning content delivery which you can add in your Microsoft 365 tenant. You can implemented for your tenant by using the SharePoint Online Provisioning Service. The goal is to increase your user’s productivity by showing them how to use and adopt available Microsoft 365 services.
Can I provide customized content to my users?
Yes, you can provide customized and tailored contents to be consumed on users’ demand.
How does the user get the learning contents?
By default, it’s a SharePoint Online communication site where users can access contents. Instead, you can also just manually install the Microsoft 365 learning pathways web part into a existing SharePoint Online site to integrated it there.
Can I integrate it into my Teams?
It’s a SharePoint Online site, so there are plenty of options!!!
And of course you can integrate it in Teams.
For example, you could
a) add the SharePoint Online site into a certain Teams Team as a tab or
b) add it as an app in the left navigation rail.
What about multi-language support?
Multi-language support is planned for (Jan) 2020.
What if I do not have people + time to provide customized contents for our users?
There are Microsoft partners out there which can help you to deliver what you need. Please be aware that Teams is no fixed app which never changes, on the contrary, that’s why it is significant that you or your partner updates your customized contents as needed and as Microsoft Teams changes.
Conclusion, opinion and summary
Microsoft 365 learning pathways is ideal to drive user adoption within your company. It provides your users learning contents to increase adoption and finally productivity due to knowing how things work in Microsoft 365.
- Ignite Live Blog: BRK2165 – Transform end user training using Microsoft Teams and Learning Pathways
- Microsoft announces general availability for Microsoft 365 learning pathways [Microsoft Driving Adoption Blog]
- Microsoft announces general availability for Microsoft 365 learning pathways [Coffee in the Cloud on YouTube]
- Adoption Overview from Microsoft Ignite [Microsoft Driving Adoption Blog]
- Microsoft 365 learning pathways [Microsoft Docs]
- Driving Adoption [Microsoft TechCommunity]