Skype for Business Mac Client–September Insider Fast release available Summary

Saw a post on Tech Community Blogs around the SfB Mac Client and new features released in the Insider Fast release. Post on Tech Community here

What’s Insider Fast release ?

The Insider program allows  you to install early builds of SfB for Mac so you can test new features before they will be released publicly in a GA build.  More info on insider program here https://products.office.com/en-us/office-insider?tab=tab-2

Please note: So these new features and changes are NOT yet in the GA build of SfB for Mac.

To Check Insider Build information please check here

https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Office-Insider-releases-for-Skype-for-Business-on-Mac-7f190a71-2b56-4914-8044-668582997619?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US

Build Details

Released – 14/09/2017
Build Number – Build 16.11.115
Previous Build – August 15 2017 16.10.0.88

New features

1. Simplified sign-in experience and support for certificate-based authentication

  • On initial sign-in, users are now only required to enter their sign-in address.
  • Based on the sign-in information, we will ask for additional information (such as password) only when necessary. If your organization supports certificate-based authentication and the certificate exists on the machine, you will sign in automatically.
  • We have moved some of the less-used options (such as user name) to the Advanced Options page to simplify the experience and avoid unnecessary confusion to the end users.

 

2. Meetings improvements

  • Earlier this year we added support for joining a meeting through phone.  We listened to your feedback and have now added the additional option to join a meeting without audio.
  • Users can choose to hide or show content that another user is sharing in a meeting.  When someone is sharing their screen, select to “Turn off content” under the More options menu. If content is available but not displayed, the option will show “Turn on content”.
  • The “End Meeting” option was added last release. This option allows a presenter to end the meeting for all participants before leaving a meeting.

 

Improvements

  • Fixed an issue where a user’s location used for E-911 calls is not correctly identified when the user is connected to a network inside their organization.

  • Fixed an issue where a user’s status continued to show as Available after they had quit the app.

  • Fixed an issue that prevented users from signing in with an Alternate ID.

  • Fixed several issues to improve the reliability of viewing screen sharing in a meeting.

Known Issues

Don’t forget to get the known issues a look over as well.

One critical known issue is

E-911 is not supported

https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Known-issues-Skype-for-Business-on-Mac-494ac5d5-50be-4aa7-8f5a-669c71c98c9a?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US

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SfB Broadcast Ep.50–What’s new with PSTN Conferencing

In the latest SfB Broadcast from Microsoft this episode goes into the “What’s new with PSTN Conferencing” so here’s my summary of the video

Link to the video is here

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Delanda Coleman and Oscar Ruiz Garcia

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Oscar is program manager for SfB and PM for PSTN Conferencing, been at Msft for 8 years. Started working with SfB 5 years ago, amazing team and product he says, working in conferencing space for three years.

What’s is PSTN Conferencing?

PSTN Conferencing Service for participants of online meeting to join meetings using traditional phone and dial a PSTN phone number and join with a conference ID and join when on the road and not by a computer.

Benefit is online participants can talk to PSTN participants, cell phones and landline callers.

Audio Conferencing isn’t new or a new innovation, what’s makes it special in Office 365 ?

  • Easy to use
  • Minutes to setup
  • Wide range of phone numbers
  • Simple service and a lot of time to make it simple and faster without problems

How does it work with Office 365 subscriptions ?

E1 and E3 you can add on PSTN Conferencing

Bundled with E5 as long as you are in a country PSTN Conferencing is sold

Easy to use and meetings details are automatically populated.

 

NEW Announcement

Msft are starting to Offer a new pay as you go model, existing offer is pay a monthly fee for the service for unlimited dial in and selected dial out.

Now Microsoft will off Audio Conferencing pay per minute!

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  • No flat price pstn conferencing
  • Toll and toll free inbound calls are charged on a per minute basis
  • All outbound calls are charged on a pre minute basis
  • Available to enterprise E1, E3 VL customer

Offered geared for customers that don’t need a wide range of minutes

Pay for as much as they consume

Details on offer

Previously subscription based dial was unlimited now this case dial in US France and Argentina now this is pay as you go. Toll free or toll numbers will all be pay as you go.

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Flexible model as you pay for your minutes.

For non E5 customers E1 and E3 and want to try PSTN conferencing you can use the pay as you go (consumption model)

OCTOBER 1st for BL customers

RATES will be posted online as well at this time.

PSTN Conferencing in market for almost 2 years and in the cloud new innovations come quickly IT admins don’t need to add or rollout new features.

Since launch lots of new features

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  • Customer can purchase in 72 countries
  • End user pin resets before only admins had access, now users can via a web page
  • Entry, exit announcement tones instead of voice
  • PSTN Conferencing in Regional Hosted Meetings, allow company to spread across different datacentre around the world
  • Meeting Migration Service – challenge in the past to update changes to meeting invites. There was an end user tool the Meeting Migration tool which end users had to run and now a service was released so users dont have to action anything.

Three features in preview program (Skype Preview)

  • Lobby Support
  • Disable toll free for specific users
  • Restrict dial outs for specific users

Dive into features in more detail

72 Country Reach

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Dial in for 90 and 400 Cities

Automatically you get a list of phone numbers and customer can acquire more from more cities. 400 cities available.

Dial out to 190+ countries

Expanded IVR – welcome to customer – support for 44 languages.

End user pin reset

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Meeting invites and Email has link and says forget your dial in pin and is in the SfB client. New Forgot your dial in pin url in meeting invite.

Organiser direct to portal and they can reset their own pin, easy can away from IT admin.

Supported and On premises and now online as well.

Meeting Migration Service (MMS)

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Updates meeting invites with PSTN and voip meeting details.

Automatically way to update existing meeting for users and done is different scenarios.

  • PSTN Conf license assigned or removed
  • Provider is changed
  • User moved to new PSTN bridge

Replace dial in numbers and update meeting invites.

Another benefit of the cloud service and can be disabled on tenant basis if you want and can trigger it on a user basis as well. Giving flexibility for automatically or on demand.

More information on MMS i did a blog post here

PSTN Conferencing service in Regionally Hosted Meetings

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More interesting with diagram, basically goal is you can have tenant spread in different regions, companies are globally and have users spread out and goal is to have meetings hosted at datacentres closest to them to reduce network latency and improves performance for meetings.

Its the same for PSTN access, when a tenant becomes enabled for RHM, becomes a spread tenant across regions and the concept of PSTN conferencing bridge is spread out as well, users in US are assigned NA bridge and Sydney users assigned APAC bridge, meetings hosted and PSTN access and mixing of PSTN stays all in APAC region and improves performance.

Any licence implications?

No, need to have a RHM meeting enabled tenant though. No enabled by default i believe.

Lobby Support for PSTN Conf. callers (Preview)

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In preview, you can see this functionality you can sign up and is a features already on premises and this allows PSTN participant is put in lobby and now you can see this in the rosta and members can admit or deny into the meeting.

Disable Toll Free for numbers of users (Preview)

Feedback from users they wanted to disable users being able to use toll-free numbers for their meetings.

Once toll free numbers are added they are assigned and available for users so now you can control the access of toll free numbers. IT Admins can choose on user by user basis to allow toll free numbers. If you restrict the find your local numbers page will not display toll free numbers and wont be included in meeting invites.

If you have the toll free and dial into a users meeting who doesn’t have toll free numbers enabled the caller wont be able to dial into the meeting using that toll free.

Toll free services does require PSTN consumption billing so its a way to control costs as well.

Restrict PSTN Conf. dial-outs (Preview)

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Based on user feedback. you can restrict dial out controls

Three levels of control

  • Allow International and domestic dial out (Default)
  • Allows domestic dial outs (New feature)
  • Restrict all dial outs

Combined with Toll free features it allows companies to have different profiles for users and their requirements.

Preview Program

Skypepreview.com and sign up for preview features

https://www.skypepreview.com/

Demo on PSTN Setup

Have licences through trials (E5) or purchase, licence are then assigned to users.

Office 365 admin centre > Users > select user > assign licence (Skype for Business PSTN Conferencing) > Save

Takes a few meetings to provision on back end

Admin doesn’t have to email them, users will get an email automatically to say enabled for PSTN Conferencing service and PINs are enabled.

 

Q and A

Can i mix PSTN subscription and pay per minute subscriptions ?

Yes

What’s is different between shared and dedicated number ?

Set of phone number are shared and assigned to other tenants, shared phone numbers primary and backup languages can not be changed.

Admins can get new numbers and have dedicated and dedicated solely to that tenant and are customisable and languages can be changed.

Can you support just PSTN conferencing only meetings ?

Yes, since launch, by default they will have a settings, allow only PSTN meetings and PSTN meetings don’t have to have a SfB client or authenticated user in the meeting.

 

Next episode

Before Ignite, guide to follow Ignite and get ready for successful time for ignite.

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SfB Broadcast Ep49–3 ways to bring your existing VTC into a modern meeting Summary

Last Friday August 18th there was a new SfB Broadcast featuring Eddie Clifton from Pexip and i wanted to give a summary on the broadcast. Also recommend watching the video and checking out the Questions and Answers from the session that Graham Walsh from Pexip has posted on the Microsoft Tech Community Site link here

Lets dig in!

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Presented by Delanda Coleman and Eddie Clifton

Eddies been in the VC business for many years worked for Polycom, Tandberg and other big vendors and worked on many large worldwide deployment. At Pexip they looked at what problems needed solving across organisations.

When video conferencing is used properly it drives productivity over traditional methods. Pexip looked to create and join large expenses legacy VCs or Modern VCs to the new and exciting PC based and modern based VC with the largest vendor SfB.

Pexip says they are the Rosetta Stone of the VC world (Not the software) where they  takes lots of different video languages and protocols and take them into one conference. very clever way of looking at it. More info on the ancient Rosetta Stone here

What are you seeing out there ?

We see large amount of companies with a large appetite for video conferencing

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  • People want a more authentic experience
  • 20 Billion $ plus industry
  • bringing Skype for business and VTC and Audio conferencing into one conference is a new thing.
  • enabling working from different places, working mothers working from home and flexible working. Video can do a lot of things

There are challenges!

Many large organisation cant move to the cloud due to laws, data restrictions so on premises has to be key and specialist area is on premises video interoperability and at the same time is a hybrid solutions so you can be on premises and in the cloud at the same time.

Equipment was made traditionally of specialist hardware and processors and average VC bridge was over a million dollars yes a 1 MILLION Dollars (Reminds me of Dr Evil)

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Pexip wanted to bring a solution based on standard Intel hardware and processors, everyone knows how to use it in a standard environment and go anywhere and buy a server and add the software and do it 8000 / 9000 dollars and massive savings in cost. By implementing solutions in large corps they can leverage existing vtc’s and Sfb in amazing ways.

Companies use Pexip where they were using 4/5 million mins of year up to 110 million minutes of video per year in a very short time and increasing usage of SfB, Azure and other technologies.

Reduced cost of computing to distributed workforces

Challenges with Hybrid and mixed environments ?

  • People don’t sit in offices all day and are out and about, working from home, train stations and client sites
  • Pexip allows you to bring everyone into one meeting to enable quicker decision making. You can bring people from cell phone, laptop, tablet, legacy vtc systems, surface hub, Skype room systems etc etc
  • Also you can share data as well!! All the different devices and you can also share data such as website, videos, excel , PowerPoint and enabling collaborating.
  • When people don’t see video being used they will move back to audio conferencing
  • Its key to get people using video and embracing video and embrace productivity with so many use cases.

There is a large amount of VTC equipment that gets written off over 5,6,7 or more years and you want to use this and Pexip will allows you to gradually move from legacy devices to new modern VTC, so saves a hard switchover. This can include thousands of VTCs and hard switching can be a problem, also you can have different sites with different architecture so makes multiple architecture and complex and Pexip are all about simplicity.

The user doesn’t know anything and Pexip do everything in the background, if you a SfB user you see the usual interface and the same for each device. Its all native to the user and the client. Pexip makes complex workloads very simple for users

Fundamentals of interoperability

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  • Hundreds of protocols to translate and present them in a common way
  • Join experience needs to be good and the same your used to
  • Audio, Video experience good and data sharing is key
  • Gradually bringing users into the new world

Easy to Administrator and Manage

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  • Single pane of glass for administration globally!
  • Azure and IAAS and hybrid computing you can create very reliable environments for VCs and Pexip allows resilient architect and testing
  • Management is KEY!

Scalability

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Beauty of Azure they allow elastic compute and when utilization is high you can add compute and low you can shut down. Also allows you to not have to pay and upkeep and manage large infrastructure when your not using it.

Pexip name their solution affinity

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From above Pexip can handle hundreds of gateway nodes

Each green dot is a gateway showing utilization these can be deployed in private datacentre of IAAS such as rackspace also in cloud compute such as Azure.

Scenario

Quarterly based calls for all staff and this can be spread geographically across multiple nodes. Infrastructure can be scaled up and then scale down and reducing costs.

  • Pexip is distributed and using local hop to local datacentre.

PEXIP are all about simplicity and efficiency!

Ways we can bring Pexip into SfB

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1. Standard SfB schedule meeting via Outlook, same as you would before. Pexip adds information to the bottom of the invite for VTCs to join. Seamless to users and no training needed.

2.Peer to Peer calls

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  • A SfB client calling a VTC device
  • Pexip creates direct link to VTC

3. Escalation mode (adding another person/VTC)

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Add them via SfB UI and add them in the call. they could be on legacy VTC or SfB.

Simplicity

Some people cant move to the cloud but Pexip allows them to maximise utilization of their VTC and benefits of the modern meetings with SfB.

Some companies move slow and will get there in the end but this help

Lync 2010 and Lync 2013 users are all covered!

DONT FORGET DATA SHARING

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Data sharing in all modes is available

Pexip is VBSS (video based screen sharing) and an example on surface hub when user draw on whiteboard it uses the latest data sharing methods to give a good and full motion video on data sharing. Data sharing is key and its not just video translation its data as well!

Questions

Pexip with SfB Online Meeting ?

Yes

Register VTC endpoints with Pexip to simplify VTC infrastructure?

Yes, you don’t need the legacy call control environment anymore.

Does Pexip work with legacy OTBP protocol for legacy VTC?

Yes, we work with ecosystem of partners, this is niche requirement Pexip would work with partners to do this with Pexip. 4 or 5 companies that can handle this.

Outlook integration – third party add in required ?

No, Add is from Pexip solution

Any insight into Pexip onsite MCU ?

Yes, its essence is standard HP or Dell running hyper V and can be a conference node. customer with 10,000 users with the ability to join a call.

Pricing model ?

Its cheap ! $3.99 USD per user per month

You have to buy server as well.

Content sharing as 1080p or higher desktop resolution?

720 or 1080p

Do i have to use Skype meeting id to join a meeting ?

Yes

Any roadmap on enabling media bypass ?

No sure on that question

Will you standout at Ignite in Crazy pants (Trousers) ?

Yes, Booth 1001

How to contact Pexip

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two weeks time

  • PSTN Conferencing updates over the last year
  • New business models
  • New features

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Two weeks after – Microsoft IT behind the scenes at Skype meeting broadcasts

After that its Ignite and filming from Studio floor!

Polycom VVX 400 Software upgrade to 5.6.0 and Web Sign in Walkthrough–Nice new SfB Enhancements

Old news now but I’ve just got chance to upgrade my VVX400 to the latest software 5.6.0 release and i read this should have some SfB UI updates! at last a more SfB looking VVX400. I’ve been waiting for this for a while.

There’s a lot more than just UI enhancements so recommend you check this out, this post will just look at the Upgrade, UI and web sign in.

http://support.polycom.com/content/dam/polycom-support/products/Voice/business_media_phones/release-notes/en/uc-software-release-notes-5-6-0.pdf

SfB Enhancements (more details on each at the above URL)

  • Dial Plan Normalization
  • Multiple Emergency Number Dial Plan
  • Skype for Business User Interface Enhancements
  • Skype for Business Conference on VVX Business Media Phones
  • Device Lock Enhancements
  • Profile Photo on Device Lock Screen
  • Secure Single Sign-On with Third-Party Supporting Solutions
  • Safe Transfer for Boss-Admin Enhancements
  • Busy Options for Incoming Calls
  • Support for Siren 7 Audio Codec

Lets go for the upgrade

So i wanted to walk you over the upgrade and web sign

So here’s my VVX 400, what a beauty!

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Signed in (SfB Online)

So yo upgrade i need to login into the phone via the web interface which i have enabled. So lets grab the IP from the phone.

Go to Settings > Status > Network > TCP/IP Parameters

Grab the IP, open browser and enter the IP

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default password is 456 but yours could be different

Once logged in go to Utilities > Software upgrade

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Here you can see current software version which i have 5.5.1.11526

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I next checked for updates via the Polycom hosted server, im not using any custom update servers at home yet.

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From the drop list after the update i can see a number of version and i wanted the latest 5.6.0.17325

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Software versions on the server you choose display in the Available software versions drop-down list. The currently installed version is shown in blue; older versions are shown in red; newer versions are shown in green.

So i selected the latest version click install

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Clicked yes

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I read all and clicked accept or i may have clicked just accept. lol

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Clicked ok

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And the phone started the upgrade

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After the upgrade took about 5 – 10 mins i saw this

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Awesome i love the UI already !

Entered my passcode set before and im logged in. Im liking the new look.

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Menu is much better

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When signed out a little nicer

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Next i logged on the web interface same as before and checked the current software version and all done.

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Also what i like is the Web Sign In so wanted to show you this as well

Select sign in > Web Sign in

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Open browser and go to http://aka.ms/sphone

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Enter Office 365 sign in address

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enter again grrr

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Show my tenant sign in and say hello to Spencer ! who guards my tenant, hackers beware lol

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Login and enter code on phone

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click continue

Click on name

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and says were done

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Phone jumps into life and starts signing in

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Enter lock code and confirm again

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and im in

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Release notes from Polycom

http://support.polycom.com/content/dam/polycom-support/products/Voice/business_media_phones/release-notes/en/uc-software-release-notes-5-6-0.pdf

Skype for Business Mac Client July/August 2017 Update

There’s a new SfB Mac client update, released 2nd of August but marked as the July 2017 update on the what’s new for SfB site,Microsoft are releasing new updates at a great pace for the Mac client.

Here’s a quick summary of the update

Lots of new features and improvement here so definitely worth upgrading, Looks like the Mac client on Lync Server 2013 are getting a number of new features including delegates, contact management and Peer to Peer sharing with SfB client and improvement but make sure you have the latest Cumulative update installed as always. Touch bar and meetings can new improvements as well.

Always two new known issues with Unified Contact Store and also ADFS 3.0 so check this out below.

Manual Install Download link

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=54108

Version Number – 16.9.0.37

Updating

You can AutoUpdate or the Manual download link above.

System Requirements for your Mac

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

What’s New

Support for multiple emergency numbers
Skype for Business on Mac now supports multiple emergency numbers when configured by your admin.
Delegates can schedule meetings on behalf of delegators
Outlook for Mac will now allow a delegate to schedule an online meeting on behalf of a delegator. This new feature has a limitation that the online meeting is created using meeting ID and policies of the delegate, not the delegator. This limitation will be removed in future versions of Skype for Business on Mac and Outlook for Mac.
NOTE: You must install the Outlook update version 15.36.170702 or later to enable this feature.
Delegator and delegate features for Lync Server 2013

Delegator and delegate feature are enabled for Lync Server 2013 Cumulative Update 9: July 2017.

  • Users can now add delegates to "My Delegates" group in contact group and set call routing preferences to delegates.

  • Delegates can see who has made them a delegate.

  • Delegates can make calls on behalf of a delegator.

Contact management for Lync Server 2013
The ability to add and remove contacts and create and delete contact groups is enabled for Lync Server 2013 Cumulative Update 9: July 2017.
Peer-to-Peer desktop sharing with Skype for Business 2016 users for Lync Server 2013
Peer-to-peer desktop sharing between Skype for Business on Mac and Skype for Business 2016 on Windows is enabled for Lync Server 2013 Cumulative Update 9: July 2017.

 

Improvements
  • Increased the touch bar buttons size and spacing when in a meeting.

  • Fixed an issue that prevented all dial-in numbers from being displayed when scheduling an online meeting in Outlook.

  • Fixed an issue where hanging up from a meeting while sharing a PowerPoint presentation ended the presentation for everyone in the meeting.

  • Fixed an issue where the user could be automatically signed in even when Keep me signed in is unchecked.

  • Fixed accessibility issues with keyboard navigation in the Calls and Meetings tabs.

  • Fixed an issue where a user could not see screen sharing if two users tried to start sharing at the same time.

  • Fixed an issue where some check boxes were not displayed correctly in right-to-left languages.

  • Fixed an issue where an error message was not displayed when the Exchange password was needed.

  • Fixed a crash issue when the user maximizes, unmaximizes, and then moves the window while viewing screen sharing in a meeting

Known Issues

Latest issues added

Contact Management, including Delegate Management, is not supported on Lync Server 2013 if Unified Contact Store is enabled Users on Lync Server 2013 cannot modify their contacts list in Skype for Business if a user account is enabled by the Skype for Business administrator for the Unified Contact Store for Exchange. Users can make changes to their contacts list in Outlook.

Skype for Business on Mac fails to sign-in

(Skype for Business Server Online, Exchange Server Online, Identity managed on-premises with ADFS 3.0 and WIA authentication enabled for wiasupporteduseragents-Mozilla/5.0)

Workaround:

  1. Remove “Mozilla/5.0” from the WIASupportedUserAgents parameter in AdfsProperties. Essentially, you will need to:

    1. Run Get-AdfsProperties | select wiasupporteduseragents and get the output.

    2. Then remove _only_ “Mozilla/5.0” from the output.

    3. Then run Set-AdfsProperties -WIASupportedUserAgents with the output from step b.

  2. Revert back to using Lync for Mac 2011.

NOTE: Skype for Business on Mac gets represented by the underlying ADAL library as user agent Mozilla/5.0 (no option to set it from the app), and Windows Integrated Authentication is generally used only for Windows clients and therefore not supported by ADAL library on Mac.

   
   
   

SfB Online / Lync Server / SfB Server Requirements

For best experience SfB Online is recommended for full feature set but for on premises deployments its the following

Client Functionality and Client Comparison

Also worth checking out the Client comparison tables for Skype for Business Server 2015 with the new update so you know differences between windows and Mac clients.

Interesting it now notes separate client comparison for Skype for Business Server 2015 and Lync Server 2013

SfB Server list – https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn933896.aspx

Lync Server 2013 list – https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg425836(v=ocs.15).aspx

 

References

Known Issues

https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Known-issues-Skype-for-Business-on-Mac-494ac5d5-50be-4aa7-8f5a-669c71c98c9a?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US

Download

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=54108

What’s New

https://support.office.com/en-gb/article/What-s-new-in-Skype-for-Business-2016-cece9f93-add1-4d93-9a38-56cc598e5781?ui=en-US&rs=en-GB&ad=GB#OS_Type=Mac

Skype for Business Mac Client July/August 2017 Update

There’s a new SfB Mac client update, released 2nd of August but marked as the July 2017 update on the what’s new for SfB site,Microsoft are releasing new updates at a great pace for the Mac client.

Here’s a quick summary of the update

Lots of new features and improvement here so definitely worth upgrading, Looks like the Mac client on Lync Server 2013 are getting a number of new features including delegates, contact management and Peer to Peer sharing with SfB client and improvement but make sure you have the latest Cumulative update installed as always. Touch bar and meetings can new improvements as well.

Always two new known issues with Unified Contact Store and also ADFS 3.0 so check this out below.

Manual Install Download link

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=54108

Version Number – 16.9.0.37

Updating

You can AutoUpdate or the Manual download link above.

System Requirements for your Mac

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

What’s New

Support for multiple emergency numbers
Skype for Business on Mac now supports multiple emergency numbers when configured by your admin.
Delegates can schedule meetings on behalf of delegators
Outlook for Mac will now allow a delegate to schedule an online meeting on behalf of a delegator. This new feature has a limitation that the online meeting is created using meeting ID and policies of the delegate, not the delegator. This limitation will be removed in future versions of Skype for Business on Mac and Outlook for Mac.
NOTE: You must install the Outlook update version 15.36.170702 or later to enable this feature.
Delegator and delegate features for Lync Server 2013

Delegator and delegate feature are enabled for Lync Server 2013 Cumulative Update 9: July 2017.

  • Users can now add delegates to "My Delegates" group in contact group and set call routing preferences to delegates.

  • Delegates can see who has made them a delegate.

  • Delegates can make calls on behalf of a delegator.

Contact management for Lync Server 2013
The ability to add and remove contacts and create and delete contact groups is enabled for Lync Server 2013 Cumulative Update 9: July 2017.
Peer-to-Peer desktop sharing with Skype for Business 2016 users for Lync Server 2013
Peer-to-peer desktop sharing between Skype for Business on Mac and Skype for Business 2016 on Windows is enabled for Lync Server 2013 Cumulative Update 9: July 2017.

 

Improvements
  • Increased the touch bar buttons size and spacing when in a meeting.

  • Fixed an issue that prevented all dial-in numbers from being displayed when scheduling an online meeting in Outlook.

  • Fixed an issue where hanging up from a meeting while sharing a PowerPoint presentation ended the presentation for everyone in the meeting.

  • Fixed an issue where the user could be automatically signed in even when Keep me signed in is unchecked.

  • Fixed accessibility issues with keyboard navigation in the Calls and Meetings tabs.

  • Fixed an issue where a user could not see screen sharing if two users tried to start sharing at the same time.

  • Fixed an issue where some check boxes were not displayed correctly in right-to-left languages.

  • Fixed an issue where an error message was not displayed when the Exchange password was needed.

  • Fixed a crash issue when the user maximizes, unmaximizes, and then moves the window while viewing screen sharing in a meeting

Known Issues

Latest issues added

Contact Management, including Delegate Management, is not supported on Lync Server 2013 if Unified Contact Store is enabled Users on Lync Server 2013 cannot modify their contacts list in Skype for Business if a user account is enabled by the Skype for Business administrator for the Unified Contact Store for Exchange. Users can make changes to their contacts list in Outlook.

Skype for Business on Mac fails to sign-in

(Skype for Business Server Online, Exchange Server Online, Identity managed on-premises with ADFS 3.0 and WIA authentication enabled for wiasupporteduseragents-Mozilla/5.0)

Workaround:

  1. Remove “Mozilla/5.0” from the WIASupportedUserAgents parameter in AdfsProperties. Essentially, you will need to:

    1. Run Get-AdfsProperties | select wiasupporteduseragents and get the output.

    2. Then remove _only_ “Mozilla/5.0” from the output.

    3. Then run Set-AdfsProperties -WIASupportedUserAgents with the output from step b.

  2. Revert back to using Lync for Mac 2011.

NOTE: Skype for Business on Mac gets represented by the underlying ADAL library as user agent Mozilla/5.0 (no option to set it from the app), and Windows Integrated Authentication is generally used only for Windows clients and therefore not supported by ADAL library on Mac.

   
   
   

SfB Online / Lync Server / SfB Server Requirements

For best experience SfB Online is recommended for full feature set but for on premises deployments its the following

Client Functionality and Client Comparison

Also worth checking out the Client comparison tables for Skype for Business Server 2015 with the new update so you know differences between windows and Mac clients.

Interesting it now notes separate client comparison for Skype for Business Server 2015 and Lync Server 2013

SfB Server list – https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn933896.aspx

Lync Server 2013 list – https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg425836(v=ocs.15).aspx

 

References

Known Issues

https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Known-issues-Skype-for-Business-on-Mac-494ac5d5-50be-4aa7-8f5a-669c71c98c9a?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US

Download

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=54108

What’s New

https://support.office.com/en-gb/article/What-s-new-in-Skype-for-Business-2016-cece9f93-add1-4d93-9a38-56cc598e5781?ui=en-US&rs=en-GB&ad=GB#OS_Type=Mac

Skype for Business Mac Client June update summary – new features, improvements and Known issues

There has been a new June 2017 update released for the Skype for Business Mac Clients. This could be cumulative update 5 i cant see it mentioning cu version anywhere at the mo so its June update for the SfB Mac Client with a lot of new features added and improvements, any SfB mac user I’m sure will want to get this update.

There is a ton of new features including some of the highlights and there’s even Microsoft Teams meeting join from meetings tab which is nice! Some highlights below:

  • PowerPoint presentation while in a meeting
  • Join a meeting by phone
  • Users can now join non-federated meetings directly from Skype for Business
  • Users can now join a Microsoft Teams meeting directly from the Meetings tab in Skype for Business
  • Added Touch bar support

A full feature list with June update is further on in the post.

This again shows Microsoft hard work with improving the mac client.

 

There seems to be two new known issues to consider as well

Updating

You can AutoUpdate or the Manual download link if below. Suspect the new update will be there soon.

Download link

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=54108

Version – 16.8.0.196

Released – 20/06/2017

 
New features added and there’s a ton of them!
  • Users can now share a PowerPoint presentation while in a meeting.

  • Join a meeting by phone — Users that are enabled for Enterprise Voice can now join a meeting with the audio on their phone.

  • Call-back on phone in a meeting — Users that are enabled for Enterprise Voice can now get a call-back on their phone while in an on-going meeting. Click the More Options button () to find out more.

  • Users can now search for contacts whom they previously haven’t talked to directly from the Chats tab.

  • Users can now join a Microsoft Teams meeting directly from the Meetings tab in Skype for Business.

  • Users can now join non-federated meetings directly from Skype for Business, rather than having to join in their browser.

  • Users can see meeting information (organizer, join URL, conference ID) while in a meeting.

    NOTE: For Meet Now, the phone number and conference ID are not available; only the join URL is available.

  • New Contacts tab shows who has added you to their contacts list in Skype for Business.

  • Users can close the "On Hold" overlay while in a meeting. Held calls can be resumed from the new More Options button ().

  • Added Touch bar support for various functionality.

 

Improvements
  • Losing connection during meetings only will now automatically reconnect if dropped due to network problems once sufficient network quality has been re-established.

  • Fixed a memory issue with the 4th Generation Macbook Pro where the app would leak excessive amounts of memory after a video call, or VBSS screen sharing.

  • Fixed an issue where the notification centre would be filled out with alerts about network problems.

  • Fixed an issue where 00 was always normalized to + regardless of the user’s region.

  • Fixed an issue where dialling vanity numbers wouldn’t correctly translate to digits, and the call would fail.

  • Fixed an issue with double dial-tone sounds while dialling a PSTN number.

  • Fixed an issue that prompted users to update meeting due to policy changes when scheduling public meetings.

  • Fixed mute and unmute issues.

  • Fixed various screen sharing issues.

  • Fixed other UI and crash issues.

  • Fixed issues with sign-in.

 

System requirements for Mac

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

SfB / Lync Server / Online Requirements

For best experience SfB Online is recommended for full feature set but for on premises deployments its the following

Don’t forget about known issues as well

Latest issues added

  • Contact Management, including Delegate Management, is not supported if Unified Contact Store is enabled
    Users cannot modify their contacts list in Skype for Business if a user account is enabled by the Skype for Business administrator for the Unified Contact Store for Exchange. Users can make changes to their contacts list in Outlook.

  • Skype for Business on Mac fails to sign in

    Workaround:

    1. Remove “Mozilla/5.0” from the WIASupportedUserAgents parameter in AdfsProperties. Essentially, you will need to:

      1. Run Get-AdfsProperties | select wiasupporteduseragents and get the output.

      2. Then remove _only_ “Mozilla/5.0” from the output.

      3. Then run Set-AdfsProperties -WIASupportedUserAgents with the output from step b.

    2. Revert back to using Lync for Mac 2011.

More details on all known issues below

https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Known-issues-Skype-for-Business-on-Mac-494ac5d5-50be-4aa7-8f5a-669c71c98c9a?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US

 

Client Functionality and Client Comparison

Also worth checking out the Client comparison tables for Skype for Business Server 2015 with the new update so you know differences between windows and Mac clients.

Interesting it now notes separate client comparison for Skype for Business Server 2015 and Lync Server 2013

SfB Server list – https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn933896.aspx

Lync Server 2013 list – https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg425836(v=ocs.15).aspx

 

References

https://support.office.com/en-gb/article/What-s-new-in-Skype-for-Business-2016-cece9f93-add1-4d93-9a38-56cc598e5781#OS_Type=Mac

https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Known-issues-Skype-for-Business-on-Mac-494ac5d5-50be-4aa7-8f5a-669c71c98c9a?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US#new1

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=54108