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Teams and Skype Interop Feature Limitations & Workarounds

With more organizations adopting Microsoft teams and upgrading from Skype for Business, there are more users in those organizations that have a mix of Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business usage.

The experience of one user using Microsoft Teams, and another user using Skype for Business largely depends on what coexistence mode each user is in.  The coexistence mode is set in a Teams Upgrade policy which applies to the user account. There is a global Teams Upgrade policy defined at the tenant level which takes precedent if there is no Teams Upgrade policy applied to the user.

I often get questions from a Skype for Business user when . . . → Read More: Teams and Skype Interop Feature Limitations & Workarounds

What’s Happening to InsideSkype.com?

This past year, I’ve largely focused my efforts on other community efforts such as Office 365 Podcast O365Eh! with fellow MVP’s Habib Mankal, Dino Caputo, and Michael LaMontagne.  This left little time for blogging.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of my Office 365 MVP Award (see below for the cool 10th year MVP ring!), this blog is coming out of dormancy and being re-branded to “Inside Office 365” to better reflect my expertise and the move to Office 365 applications and services, with an emphasis on Microsoft Teams.

You can expect some great tips, tricks, and resource for Microsoft Teams, Skype for Business, OneDrive, and all the . . . → Read More: What’s Happening to InsideSkype.com?

5 Things to Know about the new Skype for Business Online & Teams Admin Center

April 5th, 2018 Update: Microsoft has made an official announcement of the new Teams & Skype for Business Admin Center here: Announcing the new Microsoft Teams & Skype for Business Admin Center.

At Ignite 2017 we first learned of Microsoft’s plan to deliver a new Office 365 Admin Center that unifies the management experience for both Teams and Skype for Business Online (SfBO). Since then, many ITPro’s have had questions such as what features will be included, what is the fate of the existing SfBO Admin Center, and when will it be available?

Microsoft recently released more public details on the new Admin Center, including features, roadmap, and a time . . . → Read More: 5 Things to Know about the new Skype for Business Online & Teams Admin Center

Introducing Microsoft Teams

This blog post isn’t specifically about Skype for Business but rather a newly released Microsoft Office 365 Team Collaboration application that has many similar Skype for Business collaboration features, and integrates with Skype for Business Online.

What is Microsoft Teams?

A new Office 365 Team Collaboration Experience (e.g. new Office 365 application) based on chat-based workspaces that brings together people, conversations, content, and tools that teams commonly use to get their work done.

It is built on-top of Office 365 (O365 groups are the pillar) and has built-in integration with:

The Microsoft Office Suite (i.e. Word, Excel, etc..) for content creation/sharing/viewing/editing OneNote for content collaboration . . . → Read More: Introducing Microsoft Teams

Key Skype for Business Online Policy Settings

As I work more with enterprises adopting Skype for Business (SfB) Online in Office 365, many questions arise about setting user policies which govern which features which compliance, security, and resource usage.

There are many policies (about 12 that applicable to individual SfB Online users), and each type of policy can have many settings (52 for the Conferencing Policy for example), and it is difficult to know what settings are available, what the individual setting enables/disables, and which ones matter the most.

In my experience the 4 most commonly used SfB Online policies are:

Conferencing External Access Client Voice

The importance of each policy type will depend on what features . . . → Read More: Key Skype for Business Online Policy Settings

Demystifying a User Compliance setting in Skype for Business Online

I recently had to figure out a Skype for Business (SfB) Online user settings in the O365 Admin Center that was poorly understood – the user setting “For compliance, turn off non-archived features” as shown here:

The purpose of this setting is to allow Administrators to turn off SfB online communication features that cannot have the communication content captured by the in-place hold feature that is used with Exchange integration (the in-place hold is an Exchange feature configured in the Exchange admin center which allows archiving of communication to a special folder in the corresponding Exchange for compliance purposes).

This setting turns off the SfB features that . . . → Read More: Demystifying a User Compliance setting in Skype for Business Online

The New Skype for Business iOS App 101 & Key Tips

It’s been 2 weeks since Microsoft released the new Skype for Business iOS app (https://blogs.office.com/2015/10/14/skype-for-business-ios-app-now-available/). This article answers common questions, summarizes the important points you need to know, and includes some tips to get the most out of it.

Basics you Should Know This is a one-way upgrade from the Lync 2013 iOS application.  There is no going back.  It replaces the Lync 2013 app in the Apple Store. It will co-exist with the Lync 2010 app if it is on the device. The version works against Skype for Business Server 2015, Lync Server 2013, and Office 365 Skype for Business Online. The app requires iOS 8.1 or later . . . → Read More: The New Skype for Business iOS App 101 & Key Tips

The Skype for Business Client UI Controller Script

As you are probably aware, Microsoft rolled-out the new Skype for Business client as an Office 2013 in the form of 2 update for the Lync 2013 client (KB2889853 and KB2889923). Just apply the latest Office Professional Plus 2013 updates, and you will get the Skype for Business client update.

Most of you are aware that the UI can either run as the Lync 2013 look-and-feel, or the new Skype for Business look-and-fell (if you are not familiar with it, do a quick search, or visit one of the many good write-up’s like fellow Lync MVP Tom Arbuthnot’s write-up here: Important Changes coming to the Lync 2013 Client UI/UX . . . → Read More: The Skype for Business Client UI Controller Script

The Skype for Business Client–What you Need to Know

The past few weeks have been a flurry of activity on the Skype for Business front. If you’ve been busy like me, this post will tell you just what you need to know, clear up some confusion, and get you started with the new Skype for Business client.

A Technical Preview of the new Skype for Business Client is Available

The most significant news is that a Technical Preview of the next release of the Lync client was made available. The new version is rebranded as the Skype for Business (“SfB”) client.  Here is what you need to know:

This is the Lync client under the covers, but . . . → Read More: The Skype for Business Client–What you Need to Know

What has InsideLync Been Up To?

Several folks have noticed it’s been a bit quiet on InsideLync over the summer months!

I took a brief hiatus from posting on my personal blog and tried my hand at writing some Lync articles for various publications – mostly centered around Lync cost savings and the future of UC.

Here are a few for your viewing pleasure:

5 Reasons Microsoft Lync Will Thrive in a Post-PC World

CIO TODAY UK – Curtis Johnstone – August 2014 http://www.flippubs.com/publication/?i=217752&l=&m=&p=&id=9829

* Note: you have to supply an email address to . . . → Read More: What has InsideLync Been Up To?