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    MICROSOFT 365 By Peter Deegan Microsoft has a split personality when it comes to video and audio calling. There’s Skype, Skype for Business, Teams cal
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      This is helpful in sorting out the call confusion coming from a proliferation of platforms. Another wrinkle is the intended use of the platform.

      I am a host/volunteer with Rogers tv in Canada. In the first week of the shutdown in March 2020, a Rogers tv engineer discovered that integration of Skype with any Rogers control room was simple with any laptop computer.

      Since then this has allowed hosts to do their shows from home studios and to bring in guests remotely, from their location anywhere in the world, in a timely and efficient manner.

      In my case it has allowed me to interview all our elected politicians on a regular basis, including our federal Member of Parliament, from their own offices anywhere in Canada. Instead of waiting for the MP to come home to do an interview, we just arrange with his staff to talk on Skype at a mutually convenient time, all recorded on the control room computer with bumpers, credits and all the whistles and bells of a studio TV production.

      The only limitations are Skype dropping out (usually fixed by connecting again or, strangely, disconnecting and reconnecting my laptop camera) or having a poor internet connection. We also discovered that while the control room system plays nice with Skype and Zoom, it does not work with Teams, Skype for Business, WebX or other conferencing software.

      What started out an as temporary solution, Macgyvered into place, is now a regular way of doing business. Who’d a thunk it?

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      In my case, I use Teams, because that is what NASA is using. My opinion: it’s OK, it works — mostly.

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