What does Microsoft’s technology convergence mean for its partners?

In 2015 Office 365, Azure Active Directory and Windows 10 converged which meant that in the same conversation you could talk about desktop deployment & experience, identity management, and productivity.

Flash foward only two years later and we’ve seen some amazing advances within Office 365, several releases to Windows 10, and a lot more functionality added to Azure Active Directory. Beyond that we’ve seen mixed reality, bots and machine learning, IoT, and now quantum computing come into the same conversation.

In a guest post for the Microsoft Partner Network blog I talk about what this technology convergence means for businesses, and Microsoft partners.

Why the big fuss about guest access in Microsoft Teams?

I’ve spent a fair portion of my time this week using, covering, and discussing guest access in Microsoft Teams.

A number of customers I work with had previously been reluctant to implement Teams as their logic (which I don’t disagree with) was that it simply introduced another tool – which while a more streamlined and integrated interface, still relied on users switching back to their current tools when communicating with external parties.

However now that guest access is available that last roadblock is gone.

Reflecting on a number of conversations with customers, fellow MVPs, and other IT pros – I wrote a piece on the AvePoint blog site explaining how big of a deal guest access in Microsoft Teams really is.