Teams Real Simple with Pictures: Let’s build a custom audio conferencing policy

Good old audio conferencing. It's a subject I often feel bad about as it gets quite a bit of stick where I'm from. You may be familiar with how the conversation goes. Audio conferencing? That's just so old - why would you dial in when you can just do it over VOIP? Well, there are several reasons. Internet Connectivity could be limited. The call quality may actually be better since you are only using audio. And if you are like me a.) Video calls - lots of them - wear thin pretty quick and b.) I sometimes like to just listen and focus on what people are saying, and not see people and not discuss things like backgrounds which probably haven't been reviewed before being uploaded to Teams without any video filters applied. To be honest AC - for me personally - is having a bit of a renaissance - and so it was nice to see this new add by the team in the way of audio conferencing policy. Now, this isn't a policy which ties in all the AC user settings, or even the bridge settings: these remain where they are. AC policies manage audio conferencing toll and toll-free numbers displayed in meeting invites created by users. In layman's it's customisation and personalization of the dial-ins within the meeting invite, surfacing numbers to make it easier to dial in. There is value in having a cleaner, more accessible AC dial in setup on invites - one without users having to necessarily find local numbers, or one that's more than just generic cities; more personalized to the businesses one deals with as you will. So let's build one for a user in our organisation with some dedicated toll numbers. It'll be a laugh - but we'll also get to use some new functionality