Thanks, See you in 2018!

Just a quick thanks to everyone who made it to the user group last week. Great conversation and engagement as always.

Thanks to Graham Walsh from Pexip for doing a great update on all things video and video interop and Pure IP for picking up the drinks in the pub afterwards.

With the Microsoft Teams roadmap and a new Skype for Business Server due in 2018, there is going to be a lot to talk about next year. Hope to see you at our Q1 event. Make sure you are subscribed to the email list for event updates, and if you know someone who might be interested please spread the word!

Thanks

Tom and Adam

 

 

 

MUCUGL November 16th 2017: Microsoft Teams Roadmap and Skype for Business Server vNext

Big news from the recent Microsoft Ignite:

  • Microsoft Teams was positioned as the future of Unified Communications and Collaboration in Office 365, ultimately intending it to Skype for Business Online
  • Microsoft Confirmed Skype for Business Server 2019 scheduled for towards the end of CY2018 and some of the features and changes we can expect.

In this November MUCUGL, we’ll be going over everything we know about the Microsoft Teams roadmap and what this means for Skype for Business. We’ll then dig into what we know about Skype for Business Server 2019. Finally regular and Video expert from Pexip, Graham Walsh, will be giving us an update of all the Ignite news around Video.

As usual, at the end of the event, we’ll head to the pub for networking and catch up. Pure IP has kindly offered to get the first round in too!

Hope to see you there!

thanks

Tom and Adam

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mucugl-november-16th-2017-microsoft-teams-roadmap-and-skype-for-business-server-vnext-tickets-39166061745

Microsoft UC User Group London (MUCUGL) is at Polycom EEC, near London Liverpool street station

Polycom Executive Experience Centre
69 Old Broad Street
16th Floor – Dashwood House
London EC2

Agenda:

18.00-18:40 – Microsoft Teams Roadmap and News

18:40-19.10 – Snacks, Networking and Break

19.10 – 19:40 – Skype for Business Server 2019, What we know so far

19:40 – 20:00 – Video Update from Microsoft Ignite, Graham Walsh, Pexip

 

Then it’s off to the pub for a beer and catch up

 

 

 

UCDay UK 2017 – 9th October Birmingham

Hi all,

Just wanted to let everyone who is part of MUCUGL know that coming up on 9th October 2017 in Birmingham is UCDay. It’s a one day, free to attend community Microsoft conference. We’ve actually expanded beyond Pure “Unified Communications” now and have 5 tracks:

  • Office 365
  • Skype for Business
  • Exchange
  • Microsoft Cloud
  • Azure

Check out the full speaker and session list here: http://www.ucday.co.uk/schedule/

We have some really top speakers across all tracks, and some solid sessions. The event is just after Microsoft Ignite so we’ll have all the latest news and response from that event too!

Really hope to see everyone there, this is a non-profit event coordinated by a number of community leaders and paid for by our kind sponsors. Please let your friends and colleagues know about the event too, we appreciate you spreading the word.

Register for your free tickets at ucday.co.uk 

Thanks!

Thanks – look out for another event in November

Hi all,

Just a quick note to say thanks to everyone who attended the event. I felt we had some really good interaction. We’ve always said MUCUGL is not about “presenting to people”, it’s about bringing the community together to share knowledge and insight.

As always, we’re looking for feedback/presentation ideas/people who want to present/questions – please email tom at tomarbuthnot .com or hit us on twitter @mucugl @tomarbuthnot and @adamjocobs

There will be a lot of news and updates dropping at Microsoft Ignite at the end of September, both Adam and I will be there, so will be taking notes and bringing all the news back for a MUCUGL in November, stay tuned for that.

thanks

Tom and Adam

MUCUGL August 10th 2017: Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business

Over half way through 2017 already and there has been a lot going on. It must be time for another MUCUGL. Sorry for the relatively short notice on this one, hope to see you there.

This month we’ll be talking all about Microsoft Teams and where it fits in the Office 365 Collaboration space; how are people using today, and where might your company use it.

We’ll then be talking about all the latest Skype for Business and Cloud PBX news, including a session on Cloud Connection Edition 2.0 which was just released, as well as some real world stories about Cloud Connector Edition Deployments

As usual, at the end of the event, we’ll head to the pub for networking and catch up.

Hope to see you there!

thanks

Tom and Adam

Tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mucugl-august-10th-2017-microsoft-teams-and-skype-for-business-tickets-36478088946

Microsoft UC User Group London (MUCUGL) is at Polycom EEC, near London Liverpool street station

Polycom Executive Experience Centre

69 Old Broad St

16th Floor – Dashwood House

London EC2

 

Agenda:

18.00-18:50 – Microsoft Teams – Where does it fit?

18:50-19.20 – Snacks, Networking and Break

19.20 – 19:55 – Skype for Business News and Cloud Connector Edition 2.0

19:55 – Wrap Up and Close

Then it’s off to the pub for a beer and catch up

Thanks – we want your feedback

Many thanks for the great attendance to the London user group last week, even the storm didn’t keep many people away (or you were stuck in London, but I’m choosing to assume the former )

I can’t believe all the live demo’s went off without a hitch.

As always, we would really appreciate your feedback. What do you want to see from the user group? Do you want a specific topic covered? Would you like to present?

Email: tom “at” tomarbuthnot.com or twitter 

Also if you like to follow Skype for Business be sure to join our monthly online community chat over at msuc.chat

thanks

Tom and Adam

MUCUGL February 23rd 2017: Skype for Business Cloud PBX – All the Demo’s, Live!

We’re well into 2017 now and it’s time for February Microsoft UC User Group London. After some good Cloud PBX questions last time, this time we’re going heavy on the live demos (sacrifices will be made to the demo gods ahead of the event).

There is a lot we will demo including Cloud PBX Auto Attendants and Call Queues, with these features due to GA in March we’re hopeful all the core features will be in play for this February meet up, either way, we’ll be demo’ing everything we can. Want to see something specific? Please let us know.

Adam Jacobs will demo Aqua (Polycom in Azure for Skype for Business Online) and show the provisioning wizard, user licensing and scheduling.

As usual, at the end of the event, we’ll head to the pub for networking and catch up.

Hope to see you there!

thanks

Tom and Adam

Register for tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mucugl-february-23rd-2017-skype-for-business-cloud-pbx-all-the-demos-live-tickets-31462883331

Microsoft UC User Group London (MUCUGL) is at Polycom EEC, near London Liverpool street station

Polycom Executive Experience Centre

69 Old Broad St

16th Floor – Dashwood House

London EC2

 

Agenda:

18.00-18:50 – Skype for Business Online Cloud PBX Demo Fest Part 1

18:50-19.20 – Snacks, Networking and Break

19.20 – 19:55 – Skype for Business Online Cloud PBX Demo Fest Part 2, Polycom Aqua demo

19:55 – Wrap Up and Close

Then it’s off to the pub for a beer and catch up

 

MUCUGL December 12th 2016: Skype for Business – All the News, All the Features

December is right around the corner, so it must be time for our end of year Microsoft UC User Group London. Since the July user group it’s been a crazy period with UCday, Microsoft Ignite, MVP Summit and various other events and news. We’ve also had SfB Server CU4, some new features into preview in Cloud PBX and Microsoft Teams.
With all that going on, we’ve brought together all the important news and all the latest feature information for our December user group.

As usual, we’ll have a pint and a catch up after the event.

Hope to see you there.

Microsoft UC User Group London (MUCUGL) is at Polycom EEC, near London Liverpool street station
Polycom Executive Experience Centre
69 Old Broad St
16th Floor – Dashwood House
London EC2

Register with Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mucugl-december-12th-2016-skype-for-business-all-the-news-all-the-features-tickets-29513874794
Agenda:
18.00-18:50 – Summary of all the important news from Ignite and other events
18:50-19.20 – Snacks, Networking and Break
19.20 – 19:55 – SfB Server CU4, Cloud PBX latest features Org AA and Call Queues and Microsoft Teams
19:55 – Wrap Up and Close
Then it’s off to the pub for a beer and catch up

Tom Arbuthnot Speaking at Unity Connect, Netherlands, November 18th, 25% discount for MUCUGL members

I’m excited to be speaking at Unity Connect, a show in Haarlem, Netherlands, November 16th – 18th. I’m speaking on Friday, Nov 18 10:15 – 11:30.

https://www.unityconnect.com/2016/speaker?speakerid=249

Unity Connect has more than 75 sessions and 3 full-day workshops covering deployment and upgrade, governance and adoption, administration and security, and application development give you the tools you need to properly manage SharePoint 2016 and the latest Office 365 features.

Exclusively for MUCUGL members, Unity Connect are offering 25% discount off ticket prices with the code  LDNUCH25 .

Hope to see you at the event!

Also look out for the next MUCUGL coming in December, just locking in the date, we will post an update shortly

thanks

Tom

UCday UK 2016, 24th October in Birmingham

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After great success last year, UCday is back on 24th October in Birmingham. A number of UK community groups have come together to put on a one-day UC and Cloud conference at the National Motorcycle Museum, in Birmingham

The event features five tracks this year:

  • Skype for Business
  • Exchange
  • Office365
  • Azure
  • Cloud

I will be presented in the Skype for Business track discussing the right Skype for Business deployment model for you. We’ll be digging into all the latest cloud options and how they can work as pure cloud or hybrid.

More details and registration here: http://www.ucday.co.uk/agenda/

Many thanks to our great UCday sponsors who will also be exhibiting on the day:

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I know it’s north of Watford gap, but it’s worth the trip for the biggest UK UC and Cloud community event 😉

Quite a few regulars from the London user group will be there, hope to see you there.

Tom