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Skype for Business Mac Client Details, FAQ and Download

2016-04-22 19.06.24

Good news, the Skype for Business Mac client is now generally available!

It’s been a long time waiting, but Microsoft has hit their October 2016 deadline.

Version: 16.0.0.3638

File Name: SkypeForBusinessInstaller-16.0.0.3638.pkg

Date Published: 10/26/2016

File Size: 35.9 MB

Skype for Business Mac Download Link:  https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=54108

 

For the best Mac client experiences and an always up-to-date infrastructure, we recommend all customers migrate to Office 365. Skype for Business Server 2015 customers should at a minimum download and install the Skype for Business Server 2015 Cumulative Update version 9319.272 or higher (coming soon). Lync Server 2013 customers should consider upgrading their installation to Skype for Business Server 2015 or downloading the latest Lync Server 2013 Cumulative Update version 8308.973 or higher (coming soon). Lync Server 2010 is not supported – instead, we recommend customers continue to use the Lync for Mac 2011 client.

Skype for Mac 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

FAQ: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/FAQ-Skype-for-Business-on-Mac-878fff6e-fc22-4917-870a-584478cb55ef?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US&fromAR=1

Requirements Mac OS X

    • 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

Key Features:

  • one-click join,
  • edge-to-edge video
  • full screen sharing

Training session from Microsoft Introducing Skype for Business on Mac, here: https://www.skypeoperationsframework.com/Academy?TechnicalProductTrainings

This session will walk you through the new Skype for Business on Mac client. It will show you the user experience, walk you through the features and will take a look under the hood – pointing out when Skype for Business for Mac is different than other clients. It concludes with troubleshooting information.

 

Great walkthrough of all the detail from Martin here: https://ucmart.uk/2016/10/27/skype-for-business-for-mac-available-for-download-quick-summary-of-client/

List of Additional Known Issues from Iain here: https://northernlync.wordpress.com/2016/10/27/skype-for-mac-ga-7-other-known-issues-not-mentioned/

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Tom Arbuthnot

A Microsoft MVP and Microsoft Certified Master, Tom Arbuthnot is Principal Solutions Architect at Microsoft Collaboration specialists Modality Systems.

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  • Two questions….When will screen sharing be available when you aren’t in a conference call? It gave me an error this morning when someone tried to share their screen one on one with me.

    Second question, the calendar tab is not displaying anything, is there something I need to setup? We are Office 365 for Exchange. It prompts me every once in a while that it doesn’t have the correct credentials, but this had been working on the Lync 2011 Mac client with the same credentials I’m using now.

    • Screen sharing isn’t in P2P calls today, but it does work once you are in a conference (3 people or more in the call), odd that didn’t work for you?

      If you have Exchange Online I believe the calendar tab should populate. Are you seeing that on one machine/user or lots? Might be worth raising a ticket on Microsoft.

      thanks

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