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Office 365 – Microsoft Teams and Dial In Conferencing in Preview

More and more Skype for Business functionality is making its way into Microsoft Teams. I opened my Outlook client today to create a new Microsoft Teams meeting, and, to my surprise, there is a “Join by Phone” option with a dial-in number and conference ID: It looks like Teams is using the dial-in conferencing information that […]

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Skype for Business – Upcoming Ignite 2017 Sessions to Watch

With one week to go until Microsoft Ignite 2017 in Orlando, FL, I decided to take a look at the Skype for Business sessions to see which ones gave clues about new and upcoming features to the product. Here are the top four that I found. First, there is Real Time Communications with Network Planner. It […]

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Skype Online – Is Microsoft Teams the Future?

It has been speculated that some type of change or re-brand of Skype for Business might be happening due to the overlapping feature set of Teams along with the upcoming Ignite session names. Today’s “glitch” only seemed to add speculation to this. In a blog post by Mary Jo Foley over at zdnet.com, she shows […]

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Microsoft 365: Deploying Office 365 ProPlus with Intune

Along with the launch of Microsoft 365, Microsoft recently announced the ability to deploy Office 365 ProPlus applications from the cloud with Intune. As Microsoft puts it, “This development marks the first step towards having simple and enterprise-ready ProPlus deployment capabilities with Intune with more enhancements to come in the near future.” Check out this […]

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Skype for Business – How to Integrate with Exchange Server 2016

Recently I had to perform a familiar function: integrating Skype for Business with Exchange in order to allow IM and presence functionality inside of OWA (or “Outlook on the Web” as it is now known). While the process on the Skype for Business side has stayed the same, Microsoft has introduced a new way to […]

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Perficient Named in Gartner Market Guide for Migration Services

Research firm Gartner recently issued its Market Guide for Implementation and Migration Services — Microsoft Office 365, SharePoint and Skype Services. This guide is intended to help organizations select vendors to assist with complex migrations to Office 365 while decreasing risk. According to Gartner’s research, 86% of respondents said that they already have moved or […]

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Skype for Business – How to Install on Windows Server 2016

On June 20 of this year, Microsoft announced support for Skype for Business Server 2015 with Window Server 2016. This comes on the heels of the May 2017 update for Skype for Business Server 2015, and it has been anticipated that this update would provide the support. While Microsoft does provide a basic guide on […]

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Security in the Cloud with Office 365

Making the move to the cloud can be intimidating. There are many things to consider: What are the best practices? Who are the most knowledgeable vendors? Which is the best solution? But one consideration that should be at the forefront of all cloud migration decisions is security. Many organizations can be hesitant to make the […]

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Identity Management in Office 365

Identity and authentication management is the most crucial component of any migration to Office 365. Office 365 uses the cloud-based user authentication service Azure Active Directory to manage users and offers three identity models: cloud-only, synchronized, and federated. It is important to carefully consider which identity model to use, as well as the cost and […]

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Skype Online – Pulse Available Exclusively to Broadcast Meetings

If you check the Message Center in the Office 365 admin portal, Microsoft announced that the Pulse service is no longer available as a free service but as an exclusive service for Skype for Business Broadcast Meetings. Microsoft Pulse allows for interactive voting, surveys, and polls to be conducted during a meeting for attendee interaction. […]

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