“Join Skype Meeting” or “Join Lync Meeting” not working with Google Chrome

An update to Goggle Chrome has disabled support for the Netscape Plugin API (NPAPI), which is being used by Lync and Skype for Business to launch the meeting on behalf of the client.

This will only happen if you’re using Chrome as your default browser.

The workaround:

  • Use a different browser as your default browser.

OR

  • type the following in Google Chrome’s address bar: Chrome://Flags/#enable-npapi
  • Click “Enable”

enablenpapi

  • Restart Chrome
  • Reinitiate the meeting join process
  • Enable the plugin

  • Refresh the Browser

MeetingOK

You’re good to go!

Source: KB3057679

 

Product review – Jabra Evolve 80

The new Jabra Evolve series brings some fancy new headsets to the working place.
There are quite some few models in that series, starting with the Evolve 20 (US$40) and ending with the Stereo Evolve 80 (US$329).

One thing about the Evolve 80: It’s good looking. It covers half you face, but it’s really good looking.
It covers your ears (Well, my ears at least…) completely and after a long day of use it is still comfortable enough to wear.
A red circle on the ear pieces will light up whenever you’re in a call and will alert your colleagues that you’re not only listening to music, you’re actually working… (A twist on that soon).

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The Evolve 80 MS is Lync certified and will show up as an audio device in your Lync \ Skype for Business client:

Audio Device

It connects via USB and has a control unit where you can answer and end the call, mute your microphone and control the volume. All very nice and shiny design:

Control Unit

The added bonus in the control unit (Remember the twist?) is that you can turn on the ear piece’s lights by pressing the Jabra button in the middle. This will make you look busy, when in fact you’re listening to the latest UC Architects podcast.

Gotta hit the road? commute on your way to work or spend some time in the air? Act as the flight’s captain by plugging the 3.5 jack into your phone or tablet. Voice and audio quality is just as good.

3.5Another cool feature is the Active Noise Cancellation. It will activate a battery-powered noise cancellation feature which will help reduce some environmental noise around you. It’s not extremely good, but will help reduce the chatter in the background if you’re trying to concentrate.

ANC

So, Jabra Evolve 80;

Likes:

  • Looks.
  • Sound and Audio Quality.
  • Comfortable.
  • Looks (they look that good it deserves two points).

Dislikes:

  • Microphone – big and annoying. Other Evolve products have a magnet in their Mics so they can attach themselves to the arch. Could be handy here.
  • Ear cushions – Comfortable, but can get messy if you sweat.
  • ANC requires a micro USB connected to recharge the internal battery.

All in all, a great product.

First glimpse at the Skype for Business client

So, word is out – the new client is here. How does it look like and what are the big changes? Let’s have a look: (Click on the images to enlarge)

The client is branded with the Skype for Business logo and name, and has a similar feel to the consumer version:

S4B Client

Similar to the Lync 2013 client, if you hover over a contact’s picture, you can see the quick options menu:

Hover Preview

The number pad tab is colourful. The UM piece is missing the playback speed feature that was introduced in Lync 2013.

Numpad

The IM window will always show the participants. You can expand this to see a full list of all participants:

Video preview is similar to the one we’re familiar with in Lync 2013:

Video Preview

And so is the call option menu:

Call select

Content sharing button is similar to the Lync 2013 client with a nice preview of the desktop (Not shown here):

Presentable

PowerPoint sharing within a Lync 2013 Server environment uses Office Web Apps, just like the Lync 2013 client:

PPTSharing

The greatest improvement maybe is to the call window;

Skype-like feeling:

Calling

PSTN Navigation options: Transfer within a click of a button, instead of a quick programming tutorial:

InCallWindow

And no more “Where’s my conversation window? How do I hang up or mute?!” as we have the Skype-like hover window:

Hover window

Oh, and one last small thing: Every active window has the option to change views during a call:

View