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Microsoft Ignite – 2019

Unleash productivity with these Microsoft Teams breakout sessions at Microsoft Ignite

GS006 – Modern teamwork: Transform collaboration and communications with Microsoft 365

Recommended by Chantal De Menezes – Microsoft:

Teams Core Fundamentals

These sessions are jam-packed with information about current and new features, as well as some guidelines around trouble shooting, architecture and compliance:

BRK2159: What’s new in Microsoft Teams, The hub for teamwork

BRK2161: Microsoft 365, Built for Teamwork

BRK3118: Microsoft Teams Architecture Update

BRK3120: Troubleshooting Microsoft Teams

BRK3126: What’s new in EDU? Updates to Microsoft Teams in Office 365 Education

BRK3135: Learn more about security and compliance for Microsoft Teams

BRK3140: Microsoft Teams in the Government Cloud

BRK3231: Collaboration on the Go with the Microsoft Teams Mobile App

BRK3370: Innovation of Microsoft Teams built on a foundation of quality

BRK4012: How to manage Microsoft Teams effectively

Intelligent Calls, Meetings & Devices

Teams is modernizing the meeting experience. Learn what intelligence mean when it comes to meetings and calling, including your devices experiences.

BRK2169: Reaching broader audiences with Microsoft Teams live events

BRK2188: Intelligent meetings in Microsoft Teams

BRK3168: Intelligent Communications across devices in Microsoft Teams

BRK3232: Collaborative Calling and Business Voice in Teams

Change Management, Adoption and Success Stories

Help your company embrace and adopt this new way of working. With examples from different industry verticals as well as tips and tricks to help you activate teamwork across your organization:

BRK2143: Improving Health Teams Collaboration using Microsoft Teams

BRK2160 : The time for Teams: Scenarios to realize the value of Microsoft Teams

BRK2189: Success with Teams Customer Panel – Best practices for large scale enterprise deployments

BRK2366: Find out how one of the biggest retailers in Europe is using Microsoft Teams

BRK3170: Driving Teams Adoption: Enabling the modern workplace with O365 & Microsoft Teams

Upgrading from Skype for Business Online to Teams

These sessions will assist more technical roles to prepare for the transition from Skype for Business to Teams. From planning to migration, we’ve the session for you. Find out more about what you need to know to have a smooth transition:

BRK2190: Delighting your End Users: Facilitating a smooth transition from Skype for Business to Team…

BRK3141: Designing your path from Skype for Business to Teams: Start Here!

BRK3142: Planning a seamless migration from Skype for Business to Teams for IT Admins

BRK3230: Learn How Microsoft Does IT: The Journey from SfB to Teams

IT Pro Deep Dives

Deep dive into key topics in these technical sessions geared for IT Pro’s who will be supporting Microsoft Teams as a part of their environment:

BRK3113: Deep dive into the Administration Portal for Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business

BRK3138: Managing Client Deployments and Updates for Microsoft Teams

BRK4013: Quality in Meetings and Calling in Microsoft Teams Deep dive

BRK3169: Understanding calling usage and diagnosing call failures in Microsoft Teams

BRK2461: How to choose, deploy and manage the right Teams Devices

BRK4014: Deep dive on Office 365 Direct Routing

BRK4016: Understanding Media Flows in Microsoft Teams

BRK3229: Everything you need to know about Skype for Business Server

BRK3124: How Skype for Business on-premises customers can take advantage of Teams meetings

Extending Platform and Apps

If you’re interested in understanding the available (and brand new) APIs and extensibility capabilities of the Microsoft Teams platform, make sure to attend these information-packed sessions. In each session we will share how organizations can deliver the real power of the Microsoft Teams platform, to their people:

BRK2453: Drive Digital Transformation through Apps in Microsoft Teams

BRK3119: Deep Dive into Building Apps for Microsoft Teams

BRK2463: Introduction to programmable voice and video in Microsoft Teams

BRK3122: Connecting Microsoft Teams to third-party meeting room devices with Cloud Video Interop

BRK3136: How to manage secure, custom applications in Microsoft Teams

Learning Paths

Learning Paths are role-based recommendations on how to plan your week at Microsoft Ignite. Choose from the below Learning Paths that include not only breakout and theater session resources, but also includes recommended labs, certification exams, hands-on workshops, shared experiences like the Immersion Zone and links to valuable resources for your continued learning.

Unified Communications Manager

I’m a veteran Unified Communications IT Pro and support my organization’s Enterprise Voice infrastructure. I’m interested in learning how we can better leverage the cloud for our voice/communications needs and am looking to learn more about the future of Intelligent Communications at Microsoft, including the transition from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams. More info

Application Administrator – Teamwork

I manage all enterprise teamwork and collaboration applications, including Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, OneDrive and Yammer. I am looking for best practices on how to better leverage the Office 365 teamwork suite of product and services to solve many of our existing business challenges. I also want to dive deep into configuration, management and customization best practices within each of the teamwork applications. More information

User Productivity Manager

I am the Productivity Manager for a large enterprise organization that has been fully deployed on Office 365 for the past several years and we are in the process of transitioning to Microsoft 365. Our leadership looks to me to understand our internal stakeholder’s business process requirements and to provide recommendations on what productivity tools to use. I work with IT to get these tools implemented and adopted throughout the organization. More information

In addition to all these great sessions, we encourage you to stop by the Teamwork & Intelligent Communications Booth and meet with the team. We would love to hear your feedback and help you to plan, deploy, secure and manage your Teams environment.

Skype for Business Server 2019 – Preview

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Starting today, a preview build of Skype for Business Server 2019 is available for download.

While the future of Unified Communications and collaboration technology is the cloud with Teams and Office 365, we understand that many customers have reasons for maintaining on-premises deployments for these services. Our goal with this release is to enable customers to take advantage of key cloud features in an on-premises experience. This preview includes four key capabilities.

Cloud Voicemail. Skype for Business Server 2019 when paired with Exchange Server 2019 will use Cloud Voicemail to provide voicemail services. This provides an alternative to Unified Messaging, which will not be offered in Exchange Server 2019. With Cloud Voicemail, voicemail messages will continue to be stored in the user’s email inbox. Skype for Business Server customers who are currently using Unified Messaging and plan to migrate to Exchange Server 2019 should first plan and deploy Cloud Voicemail. Skype for Business Server customers who are planning to remain on older versions of Exchange, can continue to use voicemail functionality provided by Unified Messaging on their supported Exchange deployments.

Cloud Auto Attendant. We will begin supporting the use of Cloud Auto Attendant, so that on-premises customers can always use the latest version of Auto Attendant. Customers will need to use a hybrid configuration for users syncing to AAD. Please note that Cloud Auto Attendant will be available later this year – we will announce when ready.

Cloud Call Data Connector. Call Analytics is integrated into the core experience for administration and management in Office 365. With this addition to Skype for Business Server, you now have the ability to upload your call quality data to Office 365. This means you no longer need to store this data locally, and you can use the latest enhancements in the cloud version for a consolidated view of calling diagnostics. As we update reporting in the cloud, customers will be able to take advantage of these enhancements. CQD (Call Quality Dashboard) experience in cloud for on-premises customers will be made available later this year.

Streamlined Teams Migration. On-premises customers have noted to us that while they need on-premises support they recognize they will move eventually to the cloud. To ease that transition for customers, we have further simplified the experience to migrate to Teams.

Getting Started. Download the preview today and start testing in your lab environment. It’s important to note that this is a pre-release version that may change substantially before it is released. Please do not install into production. We will disable comments here and instead have provided a forum with the latest news for you to discuss this preview release with your peers and to give us feedback. Please take the time to review the pre-release documentation to help you with your testing. We look forward to your feedback on the product and documentation.

Microsoft Teams – Build 2018

Computing is no longer just an interface that you go to, but it’s instead embedded everywhere — in places, things, our homes and cities. The world is a computer. CEO Satya Nadella shares Microsoft’s vision and roadmap for how developers can lead in this new era.

Visit Build 2018 site for latest info on Build 2018.

Download the transcripts on Press Pack, including

  • Press Release AI, edge and cloud
  • Press Release Microsoft 365
  • Official Microsoft Blog
  • Transcript Joe Belfiore keynote
  • Transcript Satya Nadella keynote
  • Transcript Scott Guthrie keynote