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Author:Damien Margaritis

    
Damien Margaritis

Still using Lync phone edition devices? You better read this

 

Ahhhh fond memories. I recall with much joy the first time I deployed Lync Phone Edition (LPE) devices, all those years ago (not that long ago: 2010 to be precise). In the Lync world, for many years these were the only devices you could deploy for end users, meeting rooms or common areas where a physical handset was a requirement.

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Damien Margaritis

Making a strategic decision: what’s at the core of your Modern Workplace?

The world of IT is changing. In the last 5 years, we have witnessed the long-anticipated shift on how IT services are provided to an organisation. Software as A Service (SaaS) delivery of traditionally on-premises capabilities such as office productivity suites, email, telephony and conferencing services are no longer the exception to the rule, but rather the default approach. Cloud fit is the term I use to describe this trend.

 

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Damien Margaritis

Microsoft Announces Skype for Business Server 2019

It's day 2 at Microsoft Ignite Orlando, and we've had the announcement many of us in the industry have been waiting for: Skype for Business Server 2019 will be released towards the end of 2018.

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Damien Margaritis

Microsoft Teams to Replace Skype for Business... Sorta

News out of Microsoft Ignite Orlando this morning: Microsoft Teams is set to replace Skype for Business as the primary collaboration/teamwork platform - eventually. This came as no surprise to many, given the slip up that occurred last month.

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Damien Margaritis

Introducing the Polycom Trio 8500 Conference Phone

Towards the end of 2015, it was with great joy that the world welcomed the Polycom Trio 8800 conference room device into being. Prior to this, the conference phone of choice for Lync/Skype for Business deployments was the Polycom CX3000: a somewhat ageing platform that was still running Lync Phone Edition software, which Microsoft is no longer actively developing. Under the hood, the new Trio was running a version of Polycom UCS software, which also supports Polycom's range of Lync/Skype for Business certified VVX handsets. We now had a conference room device that no longer relied on Microsoft's Phone Edition software.

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Damien Margaritis

Guest Access for Microsoft Teams Has Landed

Since its inception, there's been one feature at the top of most people's Microsoft Teams wish list: Guest access.

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Damien Margaritis

Change to Extension Manipulation with Sonus SBC Edge v6.1.3 (SBC1000/2000)

Last week, Sonus released software version 6.1.3 build 474 for their SBC Edge 1000/2000 session border controllers. Whilst I don't usually rush out and deploy fresh out of the oven updates, in this case there was a pressing requirement for any Sonus CloudLink appliances that were soon to be updating to Microsoft Cloud Connector Edition 2.0.

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Damien Margaritis

Polycom RealConnect for Office 365: Why it’s an even bigger deal

In a previous blog, I discussed the added benefit of PSTN Conferencing capabilities when used in conjunction with Skype for Business Online. Meeting participants could continue to join from their Skype for Business client or a web browser, but now they could also choose to join via phone: very much still an important use case. In addition to this, Microsoft have made available dozens of PSTN access numbers across the globe that your meeting participants can dial and participate in your Skype for Business Online meeting – very handy.

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Damien Margaritis

Provisioning Polycom Trio 8800s - A Better Way

In a previous blog, I walked through how to ensure Trio meeting room devices received the right configuration file from the Polycom Provisioning Server. Whilst the approach I outlined then is still valid, I'd like to share a much simpler way that minimises the possibility of incorrect configuration making it onto your Trio devices.

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