Everything You Need to Know About Windows – March 2020

by Russell Smith

Microsoft announces that it will pause Windows 10 optional updates starting in May and extend security updates for some Windows 10 version 1709 SKUs to October. There are also details on new features coming to Edge, an update to Microsoft Emulator for Windows 10X, and news that Microsoft Search integration with Windows 10 is being delayed until Q4 2020. Additionally, I provide some tips on working at home.

How Slack Integrates with Teams for Calling

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Slack has revealed its add-on for Teams calling to dispel the mystery (at least in my mind) for how they would create a calling integration without Microsoft's help. As it turns out, Slack has taken some work they already had and the fact that Teams has URIs for meetings and combined them together to get their integration done. Very smart|

Slack Wants to Integrate with Teams – But How?

by Tony Redmond

The Slack CEO says that the company is working on a calling integration with Teams. Slack hasn't released any technical information, which leads to a certain amount of speculation as to how such an integration might happen. Slack's previous attempts to integrate with Office 365 applications haven't been too successful, but perhaps a federated hook-up like the one between Skype consumer and Teams might work.

Microsoft Under Pressure to Improve Teams Video to Stop Customers Going to Zoom

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Although Teams has seen a spike in usage due to more people working at home, the view of participants in Teams video meetings is not as good as competitors such as Zoom. Basically, the 2 x 2 view used by Teams isn't as visually attractive or useful as the gallery views supported by other video conferencing systems. Microsoft says they have elevated the priority of the work necessary to increase the number of participants in the meeting window. They don't say when this will happen.

Microsoft Increases Teams Membership to 10,000 Users

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Microsoft announced that Teams now supports a maximum of 10,000 users in the membership of an individual team. The new limit is rolling out to Office 365 tenants in April and should be available worldwide in May. The need for increased membership is likely driven by large enterprise deployments of Teams who find the previous 5,000 limit just too small for their discussions.