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Improved Skype for Business Web Join Experience- SkypeMeetingsApp.msi

Looks like this is now rolled out to Skype for Business Online. A much prettier experience. Before you ask still no WebRTC/plugin-less join, we’re seeing WebRTC/ORTC progress on the Skype consumer side, hopefully, this makes it’s way to Skype for Business soon. Update 18/10/2017: We heard at Microsoft Ignite 2017 that WebRTC/plugin-less meeting join is coming to Microsoft Teams but unlikely to...

Video Calling between Skype Consumer Mobile and Skype for Business Windows Desktop

Interestingly, it looks like video calling between the Apple and Android Skype consumer mobile clients and Skype for Business desktop client on windows (MSI and Click to Run) now works. This is testing on a recent Office 2016 C2R Skype for Business Windows Client video calling Skype consumer on iOS   This is testing on a recent Office 2016 MSI SfB Client video calling Skype consumer on...

Skype is coming to Microsoft HoloLens

Not much detail or specifics yet, but the first development edition of Microsoft HoloLens ships March 30th, 2016 ($3,000) and Microsoft call out Skype as one of the interesting use cases for HoloLens “Educational and instructional moments are more effective when you can show as well as tell. Skype for HoloLens lets your contacts see what you see, hear what you hear, and draw on their screens to...

Microsoft Acquires Communication Startup Talko, Plan to Integrate Tech into Skype

Gurdeep Singh Pall, Corporate Vice President Skype announced today that Microsoft has acquired Ray Ozzie’s team communication startup Talko, maker of an innovative mobile app for on-the-go business communications. “As part of the agreement, Talko employees will join the Skype team. Together, the new technology and talent will help us deliver great new features and capabilities in both Skype and...

I will be at Microsoft Future Decoded next week

  Modality Systems are a gold sponsor and have a stand at the upcoming Microsoft Future Decoded in ExCeL London, Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th November. I’ll be there on both days, if you are coming along please come over and say hello.   What is Future Decoded? Future Decoded 2015 will host 10,000 of the brightest Business Decision Makers, Developers, IT pros and Partners from across...

Skype for Business App now GA on the Apple App Store

Just a heads up that Skype for Business has just hit the Apple App Store, following announcements that it was on the way. No sign on the Android Google Play store yet, but I’m sure it won’t be far behind.   If you have Lync 2013 installed on an IPhone and auto updates on it will be updated to Skype for Business. It’s a new universal iPhone/iPad app, so iPad Lync 2013 users will have to...

My New Pluralsight Course: Skype for Business Server 2015: What’s New, Install, and Upgrade

I’ve been working with the great people at Pluralsight to produce a new video course on Skype for Business Server, covering what’s new and how to to an in place and side by side migration from Lync Server. It’s aimed at an intermediate audience, so some knowledge of Lync/Skype is useful, but I also recap some of the basics on roles and topologies. Here is a look at what the 9 modules cover over...

How to force the use of the Skype for Business Web App for Meeting Join? Just append this to the meeting URL ?sl=1

 
If for whatever reason you want to force Skype for Business to join in the web browser experience rather than “popping” the full client, you can do the following
Copy the URL from the meeting invite:

 
Paste the URL and append ?sl=1

 
The meting will not pop the full client and you can install the small plugin for a full audio/video experience
 

Tom Talks Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business thoughts and news