Author: Tony Redmond

Tony Redmond has written thousands of articles about Microsoft technology since 1996. He covers Office 365 and associated technologies for Petri.com and is also the lead author for the Office 365 for IT Pros eBook.

Things You Should Know About External Access for Teams

by Tony Redmond

Now that Microsoft has shipped external access for Teams, it is obvious that they have some work to do to smoothen access and increase functionality. Although access works as long as guest users have accounts in other Office 365 tenants, areas like switching, auditing what external users do, compliance, and blocking deserve some consideration. Here's what we know from the last week.

How External Access for Microsoft Teams Works

by Tony Redmond

Microsoft launched the long-awaited external access for Teams on Sept 11. The downside is that only Azure AD accounts are supported, but the functionality is sufficient to support interaction between Office 365 tenants. You can access a team in my tenant and I can access a team in yours. What's not to like about that?

The Teams-SfB Fiasco and What Might Happen Next

by Tony Redmond

On September 7, Microsoft inflicted a PR fiasco on themselves by leaking the imminent replacement of Skype for Business by Teams. But what does this really mean? I think we will see a Teams-lite client replace the current SfB client with a formal announcement at Ignite. Although the leak was bad, some goodness does exist in what might happen.

Games Vendors Play with Exchange Hardware Configurations

by Tony Redmond

Hardware vendors publish their solutions for Exchange through the Microsoft ESRP. The only thing is that some of the solutions are illogical and unworkable. In fact, some solutions are simply ridiculous. Sure, you could implement them - but at what cost and what level of reliability. But the solutions get your attention and that's their purpose.