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Jeff Brown

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I am a Senior Technical Consultant focusing on Lync/Skype for Business. I have a broad background in Windows system administration and enjoy writing PowerShell scripts.

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Skype Online – Telephone Number and LineURI Do Not Match

I have ran into a particular issue a few times when activating phone numbers in Skype for Business Online Phone System. If you don’t look in the right place, you might be left scratching your head as to what the problem is. The Problem The user will be assigned a phone number using the Set-CsOnlineVoiceUser command […]

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Skype for Business – Controlling Contact Privacy Options

By default in Skype for Business, any two users (internal or external) who can communicate with each other can also see each other’s presence information. Some organizations may want to give their end users control on who they want to see their presence information. This can be configured through a feature called Privacy Mode, and […]

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Office 365 – Microsoft Teams Adds Calling Capabilities

Yesterday Microsoft announced the availability of new calling capabilities in Teams, including PSTN dialing, call history, hold/resume, speed dialing, call transfer, voicemail, and many more features. This follows Microsoft’s announcement at Ignite 2017 that Teams will replace Skype for Business as the primary communications tool in Office 365, and adding these calling capabilities moves us […]

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Microsoft Teams – Features & Capabilities Roadmap Released

During Ignite 2017, several Microsoft representatives made comments that a features and capabilities roadmap for Microsoft Teams would be released in October. Holding true to this promise, Microsoft released the roadmap last week in this blog post in the Microsoft Tech Community. The roadmap lists what is available today and what is coming for three […]

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Office 365 – The Future of Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business

In the Episode 54 of the renamed Teams on Air broadcast (https://aka.ms/TeamsOnAirReplay), Sr. Product Marketing Manager and host Delanda Coleman along with General Manager of Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams Lori Wright recapped the news from Ignite 2017 along with a Q&A. If you’ve read my previous recap of the keynote from Ignite 2017, […]

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Skype for Business Online – Enabling MFA for PowerShell Sessions

Back in April 2017, Microsoft announced the release of support for Modern Authentication for the Skype for Business Online PowerShell Module. Adding Modern Authentication introduces new scenarios where multi-factor authentication (MFA) can be used for authenticating remote PowerShell sessions out to Skype for Business Online. Using MFA for authentication for PowerShell sessions provides another layer […]

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Skype for Business and Teams Microsoft Ignite 2017 Keynote Recap

Today at Microsoft Ignite 2017, Microsoft officially announced what was accidentally released a couple weeks ago. Microsoft Teams will become the primary unified communications (or rather, intelligent communications) platform in Office 365. Skype for Business Online will still be available for an unknown amount of time to allow organizations to make the transition to Microsoft Teams. […]

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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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