Skype for Business conferencing disclaimer

This isn’t a new feature, but one I was recently asked about so I thought it’s worth mentioning again.

When we’re sending a Skype for Business meeting invite (either as a planned meeting via Outlook or as an ad-hoc meeting) we can configure the server to send a meeting disclaimer to all meetings (unfortunately this can only be set at a global level and will affect all of your meetings) to confirm the users joining the meeting have agreed to the T&Cs of the meeting and ticked a box to accept them and join the meeting.

The experience is pretty much identical across all platforms:

Skype for Business client:

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Lync MX client:

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Skype for Business mobile client:

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Skype for Business Web App:

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users who dial in to the meeting will not hear the disclaimer.

To set the disclaimer we run a pretty simple command:

Set-CsConferenceDisclaimer -Header “Welcome to y0av.com” -Body “Meetings are pure fun with Skype for Business”

 

 

 

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Lync 2013 app for Windows Phone preparing for Skype for Business

An update for the Lync 2013 app for Windows Phone was just released, taking the app to version 5.9.1371.0.

I noticed no major changes (could be quicker but I believe this is only wishful thinking…), however the app description states clearly that Lync will soon become Skype for Business:

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When the app is started there’s a one-time screen confirming a change is coming:

 

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Download the update from Windows Store.

 

 

Lync for Windows Phone update—more settings for voice calls – Office Blogs

As published in the Lync blog today, Lync for Windows Phone has more settings for voice calls:

VoIP always—The device will use a Wi-Fi connection, if available, to place the call. If Wi-Fi isn’t available, the device will defer to the 3G/4G data plan and the Lync voice calls will be initiated over that connection.

VoIP over Wi-Fi only— The device will use a Wi-Fi connection, if available, to place the call. If Wi-Fi can’t be found, this setting instructs the Lync mobile service to connect you using Call via Workplacing a call to your phone first, then to the destination number.

Cellular—The Lync mobile service will directly place a call to your phone number using Call via Work and then complete the call to the destination.

Read the full article in the official Lync blog:

http://blogs.office.com/2014/12/10/lync-windows-phone-update-settings-voice-calls/

Windows Phone Lync 2013 App update – April 2014

Woke up this morning with an update to the Windows Phone Lync app 🙂

This update brings the app to version 5.4.1087.0.

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First thing you can see is the GUI change. There’s no more a screen for your profile, instead, the user’s photo is on the right side of the screen, and touching will activate the user menu:

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You also have the option to see your favourites in a different screen:

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I must admit the app seems a little faster, but maybe it’s just wishful thinking.

Most sharing features work, such as PowerPoint, Program sharing and desktop sharing:

Polls, Whiteboard and Q&A cannot be viewed on this app.

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Download the app here.

Windows 8.1 Lync App – March 2014 update

Microsoft announced the release of the March 2014 Lync App update.

This update brings some cool new features, but I had to force the update through the Windows Store. Eventually, it showed up:

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Once installed, the first thing you can see is the change in the log-in screen. Guest log-in is now below the user log-in:

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Once logged in, Lync will tell you it was updated:

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The first change you see is the big “Meet Now” button on the left:

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As soon as you touch it – it launches a new meeting. Unfortunately, you can’t see the meeting entry info like you do with the Desktop client, but you now have the option to invite people using the people menu:

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Control over participants is easier and useful:

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One more nice thing is that now you have all the controls at the bottom of the screen:

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Additional changes:

  • Send a private IM to a participant
  • View contact cards
  • Demote a presenter to an attendee
  • Promote an attendee to a presenter
  • Invite new participants
  • Mute a single participant
  • Mute all audience
  • Remove a participant from the meeting
  • Admit people waiting in the lobby

Read more here and here.