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

Skype for Business Mac Client March 2017 Update Summary – Note UCWA dependencies

There been a new March 2017 update released for the Skype for Business Mac Clients. This could be cumulative update 4 i cant see it mentioning cu version anywhere at the mo so its march update for the SfB Mac Client with a lot of new features and bugs addressed which is great and shows Microsoft hard work with improving the mac client.

The March 2017 update brings a huge number of new features and improvement to the Mac client which is great !

Be careful though as some functionality is dependent on if your running Lync Server 2013, SfB Server 2015 or SfB Online. Only SfB online has all the functionality available. Please see below in the UCWA dependencies section.

More info check out on info on Tech Community here

Updating

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

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

March 2017 Update Version Number

With 28th March 2017 update – 16.5.0.185

Features Added / Bugs

There’s a lot of new features added and also a good number bug fixes which are  from Microsoft Tech Community site.

Features Added Details
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. Note: Delegate/delegator features are currently available for Skype for Business Online customers only. More features to come.
Users can add a separate audio setting for a “ringing” device.
Users are prompted to switch to device when user plugs in USB device.
Added “Groups” button to the Contact Card and detailed Contact views, so users can quickly add other users to their contact list.
Users can call and send IMs to the DL and Groups via the Group Contact Card.
Messages are now separated by date.
Added support for option SIP URIs in chat window.
Admins can set the email and username with user profiles
Users will now occasionally be prompted to rate their call experience
Further Improvements / Bug Fixes
Fixed a false warning about Conversation History availability when the computer resumes.
Fixed an issue about users not receiving an error message when trying to sign in to Skype for Business on Mac on a network that uses network proxy server without configuring the HTTP proxy setting.
Fixed various headset mute/unmute problems.
Fixed issues related to muting and connectivity.
Fixed issues related to muting and connectivity. Note: Existing meetings scheduled by Mac client on Skype Room Systems must be rescheduled for fixes to apply.
Users will be prompted to sign in to Exchange for meeting and calendar updates, if they are not already signed in to Exchange.
Improved screen sharing in 1:1 conversations.
Improved ending a call — some users could not end call when in the lobby.
Improvements to voice-over announcements and other accessibility improvements
Changed the position of the message “Your microphone is muted” and call controls
Implemented other UI improvements and bug fixes.
Fixed crash issues.

PLEASE NOTE – UCWA Dependencies !!!

Client functionality is now also based on UCWA dependencies in the server version and from the screenshot below taken from Tech Community training here and academy recording here you can see that Lync Server 2013 is missing the most functionality, followed by SfB Server and Skype for Business Online has all client functionality.

This is key to understanding new features and the dependency they have with the server version and UCWA. For all functionality you need to be running SfB Online, sorry server guys Sad smile

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Don’t forget about Known Issues

Its worth reading over these as there’s quite a few ! – Updated 28th March 2017

E911 support required SfB Server CU4 or Lync Server 2013 CU8 HF2 – Please make sure you have these updates deployed if you require E-911 services. It does state the below in grey though. Also in known issues it mentions E-911 with ADFS not supported yet.

Important: Users will not be able to dial 911 until the CU4 server update is applied.

Also mentions the requirement for mobility again and the requirements for the latest SfB Servers and Lync Server 2013 CUs if you don’t have mobility enabled.

Other known issues that took my interest are below but there’s more so please check them out before you get questions and helpdesk tickets.

  • E-911 with ADFS not supported
  • Presence does not automatically update to “In Meeting” based on Outlook calendar
  • Multiple prompts to leave meeting when pressing the hang-up button on a UC USB device
  • Single/tabbed window experience not available
  • Search contacts limitation
  • Desktop viewing in Skype for Business on Windows client

More known issues details check them out i recommended it.

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

How do i update ?

Two methods which are the same as the previous updates.

  • Either using the Microsoft AutoUpdate (MAU) if you have already deployed the SfB Mac client already Smile ( I did try but was showing older version at the time of writing this)
  • Or for new users a manual download via Microsoft download centre here

Do i need to update Lync / SfB Servers ?

For the March 2017 CU  the requirements server side are the same as previous SfB Mac Client Cumulative updates but on the known issues page there are two important things to note, the first around E911 support which is very important and the second the requirement for mobility to be enabled if you don’t have the latest CUs deployed for Lync Server 2013 or SfB Server 2015. Details are below.

  • 911 support requires Skype for Business Server 2015 CU4 (build 9319.272 or higher, now available) or Lync Server 2013 CU8 HF2  (8308.974) here.

Important: Users will not be able to dial 911 until the CU4 server update is applied.

  • Without Skype for Business Server 2015 CU4 (build 9319.272 or higher, now available) or Lync Server 2013 CU8 HF2 or higher, now available), Skype for Business on Mac requires Mobility enablement on the server side. After updating to builds 9317.272 or 8309.973, Mobility enablement will no longer be required.

It does note under the manual download detail that’s its recommended for the best user experience to ensure customers are running the latest Server side cumulative updates for both SfB and Lync Server 2013. Or it mentions move to Office365 for always up to date infrastructure which made me smile. Downloads link are below.

  • SfB Server 2015 (9319.272) – November 2016 CU4 here
  • Lync Server 2013 (8308.974) – November 2016 CU8 HF2 here
  • Lync Server 2010 – SfB Client not supported I’m afraid so it suggests Mac 2011 client only.

System requirements for Mac
OSX 10.11 (El Capitan) or OSX 10.12 (Sierra)
Outlook Mac build 15.27 (161010) required for Outlook integration

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

Screenshots of AutoUpdate , Manual Process and couple of new features

Booted my iMac up and first got asked to update the Microsoft AutoUpdate Tool. I’ve not booted my mac in a while.

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clicked restart app

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Seems the new version via AutoUpdate isn’t there yet.

Seem the version available in auto update is the December update. I thought this was applied but lets go.

I also tried Insider Slow and inside fast but both showed no new updates.

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So perhaps the CU4 update version isn’t available on AutoUpdate just yet.

Manual Install

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Find the package in downloads

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Nice touch to ask to trash the installer Smile

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Checked version using SfB > About.

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Manual download is the March 2017 version, not sure why AutoUpdate wasn’t updating to this version yet but I’m sure it will soon. i had this with the last update.

New Delegates

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Set different ringing

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References

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

More info on CU4 – https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Skype-Operations-Framework-Skype/Skype-for-Business-on-Mac-March-2017-readiness-update/ba-p/58369

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

Desktop client comparison tables for Skype for Business Server 2015

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn933896.aspx

Client comparison tables for Lync Server 2013

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg425836(v=ocs.15).aspx

Skype Academy March Recording – here

Skype for Business Mac Client CU3 February 2017 Update Summary

There been a new Cumulative update 3 released for the Skype for Business Mac Clients. This is February 2017 cumulative update 3 for the SfB Mac Client with some new features and bugs addressed. Thanks to Tom Arbuthnot for tweeting this news last night.

The Feb 2017 cumulative update 3 brings

  • Peer-to-Peer desktop sharing
  • Additional USB Device Support
  • Several other improvements for the client

P2P desktop sharing and more certified usb device support is great and im sure alot of people have been eagerly waiting these features.

More info check out on info on Tech Community here

Manual Download to new Update

You can AutoUpdate or the Manual download link if below. I tried AutoUpdate but it wasn’t showing CU3 version to update to as you can see in screenshots so i manually remove and installed the new version. Suspect the new update will be there soon.

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

CU3 Update Version Number

With 6th February 2017 update – 16.3.0.240

Features Added / Bugs

There’s a couple of new features added list above with CU3 and also some bug fixes regarding duplicate contacts, CPU usage when screen sharing and call transfer which are detailed below from Microsoft Tech Community.

Features Added Details

Desktop sharing in P2P Conversations
In our last update, we introduced the capability to share during an audio conversation and promised that we would add sharing for IM/Chat sessions as well.  With this release, we now have included that support, so you can now share during a P2P session for audio and IM.  We hope you find it useful. Please take the time to let us know what scenarios we have enabled for you. Is this for helpdesk? Does it make collaboration frictionless when you can quickly share your screen? Perhaps other scenarios? Let us know.

Additional USB Device Support.
As we get feedback and combine that with telemetry from the client, we note there are some USB devices that are not performing as expected. With this update, we have certified 5 devices and will continue to add devices going forward. That list includes the Polycom CX300, Jabra Speak 510, Jabra Evolve 65, Plantronics Blackwire C520-M and the Logitech Webcam C930e.
Further Improvements / Bug Fixes  

– Customers report duplicate contacts during search

This was related to caching. With this update, impacted customers should take the action to logout out and delete their sign-in information. Sign back in and let us know if that has solved the issue.
– Customers have reported that CPU usage was high during screen sharing
Work has been done and the addition of VBSS viewing should help there. We also expect to add VBSS sharing in a future update which will continue to improve performance.
– In certain scenarios, customers reported issues with call transfer. We have updated this experience to hopefully remove those issues. Please try this out and let us know via the forums if it’s working better for you.

Don’t forget about Known Issues

Its worth reading over these as there’s quite a few ! – Updated 7th Feb 2017

E911 support required SfB Server CU4 or Lync Server 2013 CU8 HF2 – Please make sure you have these updates deployed if you require E-911 services. It does state the below in grey though. Also in known issues it mentions E-911 with ADFS not supported yet.

Important: Users will not be able to dial 911 until the CU4 server update is applied.

Also mentions the requirement for mobility again and the requirements for the latest SfB Servers and Lync Server 2013 CUs if you don’t have mobility enabled.

Other known issues that took my interest are below but there’s alot alot more so please check them out before you get questions and helpdesk tickets.

  • E-911 with ADFS not supported
  • Skype Room Systems cannot join a meeting schedule by Skype for Business on Mac.
  • A Skype for Business on Mac user sometimes sees a blank screen when a Skype for Business on Windows user shares the desktop in an IM conversation (peer-to-peer or group IM).
  • If a user is not logged in to Outlook, presence information in Skype for Business on Mac does not update based on the Outlook calendar.
  • There is a known limitation with Mac search where it will not show federated contacts and Skype consumer contacts; it can only show contacts in the local Active Directory.

More know issues details check them out i recommended it.

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&fromAR=1

How do i update to CU3?

Two methods which are the same as the previous updates.

  • Either using the Microsoft AutoUpdate (MAU) if you have already deployed the SfB Mac client already Smile ( I did try but was showing older version at the time of writing this)
  • Or for new users a manual download via Microsoft download centre here

Do i need to update Lync / SfB Servers ?

For the Feb 2017 CU  the requirements server side are the same as November & January SfB Mac Client Cumulative updates but on the known issues page there are two important things to note, the first around E911 support which is very important and the second the requirement for mobility to be enabled if you don’t have the latest CUs deployed for Lync Server 2013 or SfB Server 2015. Details are below.

  • 911 support requires Skype for Business Server 2015 CU4 (build 9319.272 or higher, now available) or Lync Server 2013 CU8 HF2 (coming soon).

Important: Users will not be able to dial 911 until the CU4 server update is applied.

  • Without Skype for Business Server 2015 CU4 (build 9319.272 or higher, now available) or Lync Server 2013 CU8 HF1 (build 8308.974 or higher, now available), Skype for Business on Mac requires Mobility enablement on the server side. After updating to builds 9317.272 or 8309.973, Mobility enablement will no longer be required.

It does note under the manual download detail that’s its recommended for the best user experience to ensure customers are running the latest Server side cumulative updates which are November 2016 for both SfB and Lync Server 2013. Or it mentions move to Office365 for always up to date infrastructure which made me smile. Downloads link are below.

  • SfB Server 2015 (9319.272) – November 2016 CU4 here
  • Lync Server 2013 (8308.974) – November 2016 CU8 HF1 here
  • Lync Server 2010 – SfB Client not supported I’m afraid so it suggests Mac 2011 client only.

Client Functionality and Client Comparison

Also worth checking out the Client comparison tables for Skype for Business Server 2015 with the new CU3 update so you know differences between windows and Mac clients.

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn933896.aspx

Screenshots of AuotUpdate , Manual Process and P2P Desktop Sharing

Booted my iMac up and first got asked to update the Microsoft AutoUpdate Tool. I’ve not booted my mac in a while.

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Clicked Install

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Seem the version available in auto update is the December update. I thought this was applied but lets go.

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I also tried Insider Slow got me 16.3.239 which wasn’t the CU3 version.

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So perhaps the CU3 update version 16.3.0.240 isn’t available on AutoUpdate just yet.

Manual Install to make sure im on 16.3.0.240

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Find the package in downloads

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Nice touch to ask to trash the installer Smile

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Checked version using SfB > About.

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Manual download is the CU3 version, not sure why AutoUpdate wasn’t updating to this version yet but I’m sure it will soon.

P2P Desktop Sharing look in IM Chat

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View from SfB 2016 Client of MAC Client

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References

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

More info on CU3 – https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Skype-for-Business-Blog/Skype-for-Business-on-Mac-February-Update-now-available/ba-p/44581

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&fromAR=1

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn933896.aspx