Microsoft Teams Now Available for FREE!
Microsoft Teams has come a long way since its launch and it’s making waves when it comes to meeting the collaboration needs of any organization.
Since June there is a free version of Microsoft Teams available for small business owners or large organisation. The free version can be leveraged for up to 300 users and supports 40 different languages.
Features of the free version include unlimited chat messages, audio video capability, 12GB of storage which includes 10GB shared storage and 2GB personal storage. This is a great offering for your customers who currently do not have all users on Office 365 plans but yet want to have a better way to reach out to their staffs and collaborate.
Your customer can sign up the Free Microsoft Teams for free here.
Create On-Demand Live Events in Microsoft 365 using Streams
Want to create a live stream but don’t know how to invite and engagement with users? Not sure how to record and share contents for future training and learning? Microsoft has now integrated the capability to create on-demand live events in Microsoft 365 using Streams.
You can now produce live and on-demand events for teams and across the organization. Live events enable producers to curate and control the content that is broadcast to an audience. Attendees can participate in real time, with high-definition (HD) video and interactive discussion or catch up later with powerful AI features that unlock the content of the event recording.
To find out more, check out the great Microsoft Mechanics video on the announcement page here. It will be 20 minutes well spent.
New Workplace Analytics Solution
We always believed that the enormous amount of data produced every day by each member of an organisation can be used to identify the gaps in the collaboration strategy of an organisation. The newly introduced workplace analytic solution provides powerful insights on patterns of each individual collaboration method which makes it easy to plan out the meeting hours, schedules and task aligned to not only an individual but to an organisation in general.
My Analytics is available with office 365 E5 and as an add on to office 365 enterprise plans
Find out more about Workspace Analytics solutions and My Analytics nudges here.
Microsoft Phone System Direct Routing - General Availability
Microsoft announced on June 28th on the general availability of Microsoft Phone System Direct Routing. Direct Routing allows customers to choose their telecom provider to enable their users to make and receive calls in Teams and Skype for Business. That means that Microsoft resellers can now plan and deploy Direct Routing in their customers’ organization without having to go through the default Microsoft Skype for Business default calling provider in the country.
For more details, please refer to the Microsoft Teams blog here.
Skype for Business Online (Plan 1) Retiring in August 2018
Effective August 1, 2018 the Skype for Business Online (Plan 1) offers will no longer be available for purchase for new or existing customers via the CSP program.
What happen to existing customers?
Existing customers with active subscriptions can continue using their subscriptions until the end of their subscription term
Purchase of additional licenses and/or The Skype for Business Plan 1 subscription will not auto-renew.
renewals for those subscriptions will not be available according to Microsoft.
What needs to be done upon subscription renewal?
Upon end of subscription term, existing customers may transition to the Microsoft Office 365 SKUs such as Office 365 F1, or upgrade to Skype for Business Plan 2 or Office 365 Business Essentials.
Next Steps and Action
Please see Migrate Skype for Business Online Plan 1 subscriptions to newer Office 365 versions for more information of how to transition your existing Skype for Business Plan 1 customers to other Office 365 plans.
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