Tuesday, October 11, 2016

MsIgnite BRK2070 - Meet Skype for business for Mac

Presented by Richard Schwendiman and Jason Collier


Lync for Mac were not good; the Skype for business on Mac client is a new start.


A team of developers in Stockholm created the client, they have previously built the iOS Skype for business client. No code from Lync for Mac were used in the process, but it shares the same stack as the iOS and Android mobile apps. The client will work with Lync Server 2013 CU1 (UCWA 1.0) but even better with Skype for business Server 2015 (UCWA 2.0). Support for meetings is there, and the chat supports both a single or multiple windows.


Sort by availability (status) in the contacts view is coming after the General Availability release.


The video view is automatically adjusting to the number of participants in the meeting, with 2, 3 or 4 video feeds visible. Support for QoS, panoramic video and video based screen sharing is coming in later releases. Support for Persistent chat is not in the roadmap. New features will continue to be previewed using MAU (Microsoft Auto Update) even post General Availability.


Internal clients will use lyncdiscoverinternal and connect straight to the pool,
and not hair-pin the connection over the reverse proxy.

1 comment:

  1. Two other good posts about the Mac client:

    https://machow2.com/skype-for-business-for-mac/

    https://johnacook.wordpress.com/2016/10/02/so-you-say-hate-the-lync-2011-mac-client/

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