Skype for Business on Mac update version 16.12.75 Summary

I’ve had quite a busy week with going Future Decoded and customer meetings so ive finally got time to soak up some SfB and Teams news and updates from the SfB and Teams world and this weeks been busy.

First off Future Decoded was a great event and my mind is still blown from the session where Microsoft are working on storing Data in DNA ! so far they have got 400Mb stored in DNA. Yes DNA! More info here https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/project/dna-storage/

So onto the round up of News, ill do a post on each but for today it will just be on the MAC client update as the weekend if close.

  • Skype for Business on Mac version 16.12.75 is available!
  • Announcing new capabilities in Auto Attendant and Call Queue.
  • New CCE version due later in November
  • Calling Plans for Germany and Belgium now available
  • Microsoft Teams launches United Kingdom Data Residency, other geos coming soon…

So first off Skype for Business on Mac version 16.12.75

I noticed on tech community there was an update for the Skype for Business Mac client released yesterday on 5th October. So great to see the Mac client being invested in and updated for fixes and new features. The tech community blog post is here

There a ton of new features and improvement – definitely go grab this update

Updating

  • New version – 16.12.0.75
  • Date Published 31/10/2017 – Halloween Edition lol
  • Manual Download URL here
  • For updates you can use Microsoft AutoUpdate or download and install manually from the above URL.

Client requirements

  • Skype for Business Server 2015 or Lync Server 2013 or SfB Online
  • OSX 10.11 (El Capitan) or OSX 10.12 (Sierra)
  • Outlook Mac build 15.27 (161010) required for Outlook integration

SfBO / Lync Server 2013 / SfB Server 2015 requirements

First off what’s new ?

  • Easily change devices when in a meeting or call
  • Easily switch to a connected audio device
  • Choose meeting audio options by pressing Join from Calendar tab
  • Maximized screen sharing
  • Stop screen sharing when you hang up
  • Invite users to a meeting through email

More details below on whats new!

Improvements

  • Fixed an issue where the “This call is on hold” message continued to be displayed after switching audio from the computer to a phone.
  • Added a check to prevent users from trying to send IMs when they are not signed in.
  • Fixed an issue that caused phone numbers to be formatted incorrectly when shown in Outlook calendar items.
  • Fixed an issue where a network connection error remains displayed after the network connection is restored.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented redialing calls from the Calls tab.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented display of the current speaker video when someone was sharing a screen in a meeting.
  • Removed the requirement that a user be enabled for Enterprise Voice in order to see the Join Meeting Audio dialog box.
  • Add ability for an administrator to customize the sign-in UI to show the User Name field in the sign-in dialog box as well as in Advanced Options. Click here for help with customization.

Known issues

Please don’t forget to make note of these as well, this was last updated 23rd October 2017 with the latest issues listed as below.

E-911 still mentioned not supported! but is mentioned as improved above so not fully sure on this support yet, i would trend carefully.

Latest Known Issues are

More details on what’s new

Easily change devices when in a meeting or call

A totally needed features and i do use this all the time in windows client. Great to see it finally landed.

Change devices in a meeting or call

Easily switch to a connected audio device

As above totally needed and awesome its here ! at last !

Switch to a connected audio device

Choose meeting audio options by pressing Join from Calendar tab

When users select a meeting on the Meetings tab, they can press the Join button to see the Join Meeting Audio dialog box to choose how to join audio. The option to have a meeting call to a phone number is now only available from the Join Meeting Audio dialog box.

Maximized screen sharing

Users will now see screen sharing fill the meeting or conversation window so it is easier to see what is being shared.

Stop screen sharing when you hang up

The app will automatically stop sharing the screen when a user hangs up to make sure others can’t see the user’s screen after they leave a meeting or call.

Invite users to a meeting through email

The user can easily send an email to someone with information on how to join a meeting by clicking Invite by Email in the Meeting Information dialog box.

Invite users to a meeting through email

References

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