Switch Office 2016 to Monthly Targeted Channel

The Office 365 ProPlus update model supports 4 production channels;

  • Monthly Channel (Targeted),
  • Monthly Channel,
  • Semi-annual Channel (Targeted),
  • Semi-annual Channel.

Each channel receives features updates, security and non-security updates on different release intervals.

Consider a scenario where Office 365 ProPlus is installed on a machine from the Semi-Annual Channel.  Now let’s say, a new feature is introduced on the Monthly Channel which you would like to get.  Since you are on the Semi-Annual Channel you will have to wait for a few months before this feature is made available to the Semi-Annual Channel.  But what if you do not want to wait that long?  The answer is, switch to the Monthly Channel.

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Review: Plantronics Voyager Focus UC

This headset is a more than a standard headset. The Voyager Focus has some advanced stuff build in. When you take of your headset while playing music, the music pauses. When you are in a Skype for Business meeting and you turn your microphone up or take of your headset it will mute you. This is all work of the Smart Sensors Plantronics has built in. The Active Noise Cancelling of this headset is working as you may expect.

The comfy headband and ear cushions feel light on your head and ears. The audio quality is really good to be called almost sublime. Another cool feature of this headset is the OpenMic button, this way you can leave the headset on your head and listing in, in the room. Also the battery life is phenomenal, up to 12hours!

There is one thing i dislike, (re) connecting the headset after being idle for a while. Like i mentioned above i’m using this headset mostly for Skype for Business meetings and sometimes the connection is lost. When someone calls me it takes up to 20 seconds before the headset is connected again to my laptop, the calling party already hangs up (timer setting in Skype for Business) and i need to call back the person.

Package

The package contains:

  • Voyager Focus UC Headset
  • Bluetooth Dongle (Bluetooth® v4.1)
  • Charging cable
  • Quick Start Guide

Review: Jabra Evolve 75e MS

This week I had the possibility to test the new Jabra Evolve 75e MS, a wireless earbud design. And I must say I like the design. 

Some quick info on this headset:

  • Stereo-earphone headset;
  • Bluetooth connector, no cords to the headset;
  • Busy light for your colleagues;
  • Microphone only on right side;
  • Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) switch;
  • List-in function;
  • Vibrator for incoming calls;
  • Magnetic earbuds.

It will take only 2 hours for fully charge of the headset and you will have up to 14 hours of battery life.

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New-OfficeWebAppsFarm : Office Online was unable to find the specified certificate.

When configuring a new Office Online Server i run in to the following error while setting up the new farm with command:

PS C:\Windows\system32> New-OfficeWebAppsFarm -InternalUrl "https://oos.contoso.com" -ExternalUrl "https://oos.contoso.com" -CertificateName "Skypeweb"
New-OfficeWebAppsFarm : Office Online was unable to find the specified certificate.
At line:1 char:1
+ New-OfficeWebAppsFarm -InternalUrl "https://oos.contoso.com" -Exter ...
+ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 + CategoryInfo : ObjectNotFound: (:) [New-OfficeWebAppsFarm], ArgumentException
 + FullyQualifiedErrorId : CertificateNotFound,Microsoft.Office.Web.Apps.Administration.NewFarmCommand

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Anonymous Meeting Join in Microsoft Teams

Microsoft has released the Anonymous Join feature for Teams Meetings.  You can use this feature by the following procedure.

  • Create and join a scheduled or adhoc meeting

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  • Copy the meeting join information, you can do this by opening the meeting after creating.
  • Launch either Edge (In-Private) or Chrome (Incognito)   // Firefox and Safari are not supported yet
  • Paste the meeting join URL into the address bar
  • When prompted, use the web client to join the meeting anonymously

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  • Admit the anonymous user into the meeting from the lobby

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