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The IOS Skype for Business App has been updated to version 6.7. The update brings Video-based Screen Sharing (VbSS) to mobile devices.
The description released with the update is below
"With this update, we are bringing Video-based Screen Sharing (VbSS) to your mobile devices. A faster and more reliable way of viewing content in a meeting, Vbss is a great improvement over the traditional approach of content sharing. In addition, we also have some design and performance improvements"
If you have enabled the relevant option the app update should be installed automatically if not then you will need to select the update from the Updates menu in the Apps Store.
A little known feature of Skype for Business is the Web Scheduler, Skype for Business Web Scheduler is a web-based program that you can use to create Skype Meetings if you don’t have Outlook, or don't have a browser that supports Outlook Web App. With Skype for Business Web Scheduler, you can create new meetings, change your existing meetings, and send invitations with your favorite email program.
Create a Skype Meeting
- Enter an Event title for your meeting.
- You can leave the meeting location as Skype Call, or add a location, such as a conference room, if you have in-person attendees as well.
- Enter meeting details in the Message box, and set the Start and End date and time.
- Under Who will bypass the lobby and Who is a presenter, do one of the following:
Accept the standard settings, which are best for small working meetings with people inside your organization.
- Choose other lobby or presenter options depending on the type of meeting you want to schedule.
- Under Attendees and Audio, add the attendees’ names or email addresses, separated by semicolons (;).
- Select Save.
Join a Skype for Business Meeting
Open the email meeting request and select the meeting link.
- Open Skype for Business Web Scheduler, select the meeting you want from the list on the left, and then select Join in the meeting summary pane.
View, edit, or delete an existing meeting
Select Edit or Delete in the meeting summary pane.
- Meeting details with Edit button highlighted
IMPORTANT Skype for Business Web Scheduler doesn’t update your calendar automatically, so participants must be informed of every change you make.
Microsoft released the Skype for Business Server software on the 1st May, Work has been started to bring our platform upto date with customers able to use the platform from the 1st June.
All clients will be contacted to arrange for their accounts to be moved to the Skype for Business platform. Customers wishing to remain on Lync 2013 can stay on the existing platform for the next 6 months.
However we encourage all clients to upgrade as there is no loss of service or interuption to the client or associated integration services.
If you wish to register to have your account(s) moved please contact the Service Desk through the normal channels.
Microsoft have schedued an update to the Microsoft Lync client on the 14th April to rebrand the client Skype for Business. The Lync 2013 client will simply become the SfB client. The client will ship with two UI’s or skins. This will allow administrators to choose which one works best for their environment.
Do I need to upgrade?
The update is going to be distributed via Windows Update as an Office update.
Server Centre have enabled the new UI on the default client policies to allow out clients to take advantage of the new client UI.
If you would not like to use the new UI for your users please let us know and we will assign you a new client policy that has the Skype for Business UI disabled.
What changes can I expect?
The installer will replace all of the Lync Sounds with the Skype Sounds. This is the most notable change that you will notice. The sounds are very different then before.
If you are using Lync Conferencing you will notice that the Lync update will update the Outlook Plugin and change the Lync Meeting to a Skype Meeting
The Join a Meeting link.
Your Lync icon will look a lot like Skype for Business icon regardless which UI you choose.
The title is going to say Skype for Business. If you have the Lync UI, it will say Skype for Business (Lync Mode).
As the date is fast approaching for the release of Skype for Business, Microsoft have published a step by step video for new Skype for Business users.
We are being frequently asked by more and more clients what is Skype for Business and how will this affect our Hosted Lync 2013 Service with Server Centre? So I thought now would be a good time to pull together a blog post featuring all the frequently asked questions.
If you have any question not answered here please don't hesitate to get in touch!
What is Skype for Business?
In short Skype for Business is the next version of Microsoft Lync, Microsoft took the decision to re-brand Microsoft Lync to Skype for Business to build upon the familiar user experience of Skype with the enterprise security, compliance and control from Lync to create Skype for Business.
Skype for Business takes advantage of the strengths of both Skype and Lync. For example, Skype for Business is adopting the familiar Skype icons for calling, adding video and ending a call. Microsoft have added the call monitor from Skype, which keeps an active call visible in a small window even when a user moves focus to another application.
What will the upgrade cost?
The upgrade is included with your monthly subscription, once Microsoft release the final version, Server Centre will make the required platform changes and offer clients the chance to upgrade. Server Centre will make the new client available for download once it is released.