Friday, April 22, 2016

Skype for business for Mac

Geeking away another Friday night (9:00 A.M. Pacific = 18:00 in Sweden) this time about the Mac Client - Preview and demo.

Presented by Sean Wilson, Paul Cannon and Kaushal Mehta.

The new client is built with a new codebase; it is not an upgrade or refresh of Lync for Mac 2011. Meeting joins and sharing have been problems with the old client. The new client can run side-by-side with the old client and it will use SILK as the default codec.

There will be 3 previews before RTM with preview 1 coming RSN - "Real Soon Now". These previews will be cumulative meaning: Preview 1 will contain meeting functionality, preview 2 will add on contact lists and instant messaging to the functionality in preview 1. Preview 3 will add on calling and voice functionality to the client.

This was nicely demonstrated in the webcast with 3 big Lego Duplo bricks :-)

The first preview will be available RSN at the Skype for Business Preview website.

Sign up as soon as you see the Mac client preview - participation will be granted on a first-come first-served basis.

The Meeting view with a connection to the Exchange calendar and a join button.

Preview 1 will (probably) include the following features
  • Full screen video
    (with black edges which apparently makes people think about movies)
  • Desktop sharing - two way, even between PCs and Macs.
  • People pane and instant massages in meetings.
  • Meet now button

Questions answered

Remote control from Mac is a feature that will not be included in the RTM version (but is planned for in a drop after RTM), also the Unified Contact Store will not be there.
Persistent chat is in maintenance mode even in the Windows client this means that enhancements are limited to security and stability fixes only, Persistent chat will not be in the Mac client.

Quality of Service - might be in the RTM version, or will be added in a later update.

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