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Current Surface Hub Options for Skype for Business Online & Teams

The Microsoft Surface Hub has been a popular choice for a next generation collaboration device for Skype for Business & Teams with it’s immersive and feature rich meeting experiences. As organizations migrate to the cloud and look to upgrade their collaboration devices, this quick post addresses a common question – does the shipping version of Surface Hub support Microsoft Teams, and is it worth waiting for the newly announced Surface Hub 2.0?

If you are not familiar with the Microsoft Surface Hub collaboration experience, there are some quick videos here which illustrate the power of this device within a meeting room setting.

Surface Hub 2 Not Widely Available . . . → Read More: Current Surface Hub Options for Skype for Business Online & Teams

5 Things to Know about the new Skype for Business Online & Teams Admin Center

April 5th, 2018 Update: Microsoft has made an official announcement of the new Teams & Skype for Business Admin Center here: Announcing the new Microsoft Teams & Skype for Business Admin Center.

At Ignite 2017 we first learned of Microsoft’s plan to deliver a new Office 365 Admin Center that unifies the management experience for both Teams and Skype for Business Online (SfBO). Since then, many ITPro’s have had questions such as what features will be included, what is the fate of the existing SfBO Admin Center, and when will it be available?

Microsoft recently released more public details on the new Admin Center, including features, roadmap, and a time . . . → Read More: 5 Things to Know about the new Skype for Business Online & Teams Admin Center

Use Skype for Business Online Audio Conferencing in Teams

A quick blog post to let folks know about an audio conferencing capability in Skype for Business Online (SfBO) that can be leveraged in Microsoft Teams – the ability to use (re-use) your Audio Conferencing configuration.

For example, I am configured for SfBO Audio Conferencing with a bridge number, etc.. in the SfBO Admin Center via an E3 license and Audio Conferencing Add-On. In Outlook, when I schedule an SfBO meeting, my Audio Conferencing information is included as shown here:

I can also schedule and organize a Teams meeting with the same SfBO Audio Conferencing configuration & bridge as shown here:

The only difference is the Conference ID.

. . . → Read More: Use Skype for Business Online Audio Conferencing in Teams

The Skinny on Skype for Business and Teams

As expected, at Ignite, Microsoft announced their plans around Skype for Business (SfB) and Teams at this session: https://myignite.microsoft.com/sessions/56548.

Here is what you need to know:

Skype for Business Server will continue and evolve stand-alone product. Brand new refresh of main stream support expected in Q4 of 2018 Will also refresh the SfB client during this time Microsoft will continue invest in voice features Will include Team integration in hybrid Skype for Business Online (SfBO) Features will be available in Teams, and over time the Teams Client will become the client for Users to Consume all Communication and Collaboration Features Features include IM, Presence, Calling, Conferencing, Meetings, Contact & Conversation . . . → Read More: The Skinny on Skype for Business and Teams