And you can pop out conversations into separate Windows! Makes it so much more bearable
191 posts • joined 12 Jun 2013
TLS termination, Teams toys – and holy 5G, Batman, Microsoft buys UK network software biz Metaswitch
Get it in writing, and get him to acknowledge that he can't choose the days
Also remind him that while the SLA is financially backed, you tend to only get the amount of money back that you've paid for the service.
<99.5% (99.9% if you use the agreement) - 10% refund
<99% - 25% refund
<95% - 100% refund
And the final thing to remember is that your SLAs need to be multiplied together to get your true "guarantee". If your AKS cluster has 99.5% guarantee and your DB has 99.5% guarantee then they're separate guarantees so your system could suffer 3 days and 15 hours and 58 minutes of downtime (if they were off at different times) and each component would still have made its targets
Got a few spare terabytes of storage sitting around unused? Tardigrade can turn that into crypto-bucks
Third time lucky for Windows 10 2004? Microsoft yet again fiddles with code and adds a go-live SDK licence
I'm not sure if I'm missing something somewhere, but if the decentralised versions don't collect personalised data couldn't we have had one global app (or one global system for the apps to present a UI for)?
The current model is interesting while we're all on lockdown, but working on the principle that contact tracing is going to be with us for a while, what happens when people start travelling again? Do you need to install the app for whichever country you're in?
Quibi, JetBlue, Wish, others accused of leaking millions of email addresses to ad orgs via HTTP referer headers
After intense scrutiny, Zoom tightens up security with version 5. New features include not, er, spilling video calls to network snoops
House of Commons agrees to allow Zoom app in Parliament, British MPs will still have to dress smartly
Re: "a glimpse of Michael Gove in a leopard onesie"
Someone hasn't read the instructions then... https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftteams/teams-live-events/what-are-teams-live-events
Not only that, but surely someone could just invite email@example.com to the call, and they could broadcast it from whatever device is watching it
April 2020 and – rest assured – your Windows PC can still be pwned by something so innocuous as an unruly font
"The massive patch load is no accident, say experts" - I'm no writer, but this sentence doesn't seem to fit with anything around it. Have they been saving the patches up? Are a large quantity of patches usually accidents? Granted the bugs are (in theory) accidents, but it sounds like this is only half of what the "experts" said.
Linux fans thrown a bone in one Windows 10 build while Peppa Pig may fly if another is ready in time for this year
Microsoft attempts to up its Teams game with new features while locked-down folk flock to rival Zoom... warts and all
Re: Zoom's USP
Ask and ye shall receive
Skype - https://www.skype.com/en/free-conference-call/ - Free (very recently without an account needed), 50 people per call (I think, can't find that number again now)
Teams - https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-teams-blog/introducing-a-free-version-of-microsoft-teams/ba-p/214592 - Free (since 2018) for up to 300 people per account
Re: Quit blaming big companies!
> Look at how well the NHS is doing now that large sections have be sold off to private enterprise
Are we looking at the same NHS? Cancer survival rates down, waiting times up. I can see exactly how well it's doing now that the politicians are selling it off and milking it for all it's worth
Could WFH web traffic topple a Brit telco? Pfff, scoff operators. This has nothing on Liverpool v Everton streaming
Re: Looks like i picked the wrong week to quit on prem.
I've been remote for 10 years too, and while we've never _needed_ it, we find that it makes things easier. Unless you're able to make decisions with just two people, having video means you can tell if someone is looking like they want to say something (so you interrupt each other less). You can ask yes/no questions and not need everyone on the call to wait in turn to answer because you can see nodding and shaking heads. You can see if someone has forgotten to un-mute themselves rather than them having to work out for themselves why no one's responding to anything they're saying. You can see if they've had some other form of interruption without them having to say anything.
Do you have phone calls instead, or instant messaging or emails? Or are you lucky enough to not have to communicate as part of your day to day job? Different things work for different people and different teams, and this idea of "I don't like it so I don't see why anyone else would do it" seems defeatist in this day and age.
Re: Looks like i picked the wrong week to quit on prem.
I think (haven't checked) that these are being brought in because these requests go _through_ the Teams infrastructure and then onto OneNote / SharePoint infrastructure, so accessing them through Teams causes more load than accessing them directly.
The capacity problem they're going to have is two-fold. One is the sheer number of extra users (they reckon 12 million / 30+% in a week) and the second is the increased usage by existing users. If you worked in a big office and used Teams for IM but had face to face meetings, you're now all doing video calls for the meetings.
I would imagine that the video quality issue is less down to the storage size and more down to the bandwidth and processing requirements. When you record a meeting through Teams (to save to Streams) it does some post-processing on it, so the video is normally available a while after the meeting has finished to give it time to finish rendering (and generate subtitles etc). Reducing the quality of this will mean that they don't need as much resources behind it. Personally I'd prefer to keep the quality and have the recording delayed (eg for our requirements it would be fine to have the recording available within 24 hours of the meeting rather than within 15 minutes)
Microsoft names priority users for new Azure capacity – emergency services, government, remote workers top the list
Britain's courts lurch towards Skype and conference calls for trials as COVID-19 distancing kicks in
Surge in home working highlights Microsoft licensing issue: If you are not on subscription, working remotely is a premium feature
NASA to launch 247 petabytes of data into AWS – but forgot about eye-watering cloudy egress costs before lift-off
Microsoft Teams usage jumps to 32, no, 44 million as Windows-slinger platform slides onto home workers' PCs
> We've been promised offline and more than one window for years in Teams, so let's not get our hopes up too early.
Agreed. We're still waiting for custom backgrounds on calls which were promised in the last "coming soon" wave. I don't like how backwards Microsoft have gone as far as Teams is concerned with "under-promise, over-deliver". They seemed to be getting better at it everywhere else
Zoom goes boom, Teams tears at seams: Technology stumbles at the first hurdle for this homeworking malarkey
Re: Going backwards by going forwards
Don't get me wrong here, I'm all for decentralised and wish Skype-of-olde was still a thing, but the problem with decentralised is when the call is more than 1:1. Who is then responsible for the extra bandwidth? Do you want to send your HD video and audio streams to all four of the other participants in the meeting (meaning your 2mbps upload is now 8mbps upload), The way Skype used to do it is that whoever was first in the call would shoulder the burden, so participants #2, #3 and #4 would only need to send their video to #1, and then #1 would re-broadcast it to the rest. That detail was never publicised, but meant you had to be careful who "started" the call
Two years late, but upgrade wave finally washes a billion folk onto Windows 10 as its Android phone waits in the wings
Hey, friends. We know it's a crazy time for the economy, but don't forget to enable 2FA for payments by Saturday
Microsoft, Google, Slack, Zoom et al struggling to deal with a spike in remote tools thanks to coronavirus
Capita hops on UK's years-late, billions-over-budget Emergency Services Network to keep legacy system alive
Enable that MF-ing MFA: 1.2 million Azure Active Directory accounts compromised every month, reckons Microsoft
We've just disabled legacy auth within the past week and had to spend 2 or 3 days updating some of our systems to use better methods. Not complaining at the end result though; a lot of our apps are now using certificates to auth instead of passwords, using application accounts that don't have log on rights!