Microsoft Rushed New Microsoft Teams Features To Help 75 Million People Telework Every Day. But part of the Microsoft Teams portfolio that hasn’t benefited from social distancing is Microsoft Teams Rooms, its conference room product.
Conference room products may never be needed again in some companies, such as Twitter and Square, which this week gave employees the opportunity to continue working from home permanently even after offices reopen.
The two companies, led by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, are not alone in this thought. A recent survey by consulting firm PwC found that 49% of CFOs intend to make remote work a permanent option for some roles, probably for most office workstations where conference rooms are the most common. no longer used.
Although there seems to be no urgent need to update Teams Rooms at the moment, Microsoft has two justifications for its activity.
“There are still organizations and industries whose essential workers continue to rely on these spaces during this period,” said the Microsoft Teams group.
“We also recognize the essential role that Microsoft Teams Rooms will play when companies return to work.
Microsoft has released Microsoft Teams Rooms, version 22.214.171.124 of the app, on the Microsoft Store and will be providing new features to all Microsoft Teams Rooms in the coming weeks.
The key update – in Microsoft Teams Rooms, version 126.96.36.199 of the application – supports modern authentication. This is related to the recently announced upcoming changes to Exchange Online, which will remove the basic authentication option as an option and affect Exchange customers such as Microsoft Teams Rooms.
Exchange Online currently uses basic authentication by default, which means that client applications send a user name and password over the network on each request.
Although it is simple to configure, it exposes credentials to attackers who capture them on the network and use them on other devices. Basic authentication is also a barrier to adopting multi-factor authentication in Exchange Online, said Microsoft.
Microsoft plans to deactivate basic authentication in Exchange Online for Exchange ActiveSync (EAS), POP, IMAP and Remote PowerShell on October 13, 2020. It encourages customers to use modern authentication based on OAuth 2.0.
After installing the Teams Room update, administrators will be able to configure the product to use modern authentication to connect to Exchange, Teams, and Skype for Business services. This reduces the need to send real passwords over the network using OAuth 2.0 tokens provided by Azure Active Directory.
Although the change is optional until October 13, Microsoft suggests that connection problems may occur after the deadline for Microsoft Teams rooms configured with basic authentication.
“Support for modern authentication for Microsoft Teams Rooms will help ensure business continuity for your devices connecting to Exchange Online,” he added.
But it will allow customers to choose when to switch to modern authentication until October 13.
“In light of COVID-19, and to reduce the potential impact on existing local customers who may need time to plan and implement modern hybrid authentication, the activation of modern authentication will be manual. “