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Skype for Business Hybrid Options

Posted by Nathan O'Bryan MVP, MCSM on Apr 12, 2017 1:06:17 PM

I have spent most of the last six years of my professional life configuring Exchange hybrid deployments for organizations looking to move their email into Office 365. Speaking from the perspective of someone who has set it up repeatedly, Exchange hybrid is straight forward. You take your on-premises Exchange organization’s and run the Hybrid Connectivity Wizard (HCW) to connect to Office 365. I suppose there is more to it than that, but this blog post is not the place to go into those details.

In this blog post, I want to talk about the hybrid options for Skype for Business. Hybrid for Skype for Business is a much newer offering from Microsoft, and in my opinion (as someone who has not set it up for hundreds of customers) much more complex.

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Topics: Hybrid Cloud, Skype, Skype for business

Upcoming Features for Skype for Business Online

Posted by Nathan O'Bryan MVP, MCSM on Aug 15, 2016 10:33:43 AM

Generally, I write about Exchange and Office 365 topics, but recently I’ve been doing more work in the Skype for Business Online area. That is still Office 365, but it’s an area I haven't paid much attention to in the past. Until the release of the E5 license with Cloud PBX, I don’t think there was a reason to pay attention to Skype for Business Online. It was really only good for IM and presence, and there was nothing to configure or set up there.

With the recent release of the Cloud PBX features, I’ve been spending a lot more time thinking about Skype for Business Online, so I figured I would start writing about it, too. In this post, I’m going to look at some of the upcoming Cloud PBX features.

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Topics: Skype, Skype for business

Skype for Business new capabilities (Preview Program)

Posted by Johan Delimon on Dec 30, 2015 1:00:00 AM

This blogpost talks about the upcoming, soon to be released (maybe if you read this blog it may already have been released) features for Skype for Business, specifically about Skype for Business Online and Hybrid deployments with users hosted in online.  I will give my perspective to all the great work that Microsoft is doing.

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Topics: Skype, Lync, Skype for business

Skype & Lync Part II: Video Calling

Posted by Johan Delimon on Jan 14, 2015 9:47:00 AM

Update 29th of January 2015 : Microsoft has released a newer Skype Desktop client v7.1.0.105 that enables Video calling again after disabling it for a little while.  Please do not use Skype Desktop client v7.0.x.100 which is mentioned in the blogpost as that version will no long work for Video calling. 


Microsoft has made two public announcements about the Lync to Skype or Skype to Lync video calling.  While the blog post on skype.com is very general the blog post on office.com is pretty technical.  When I read these blogs I wonder if some people will require further explanation, which is exactly what I will do for this blog post. (I will be talking mainly about the blogpost for office.com)

Skype and Lync deliver video calls
http://blogs.skype.com/2014/12/05/skype-and-lync-deliver-video-calls/

Video calling between Skype and Lync available now
http://blogs.office.com/2014/12/05/video-calling-skype-lync-available-now/

Here is what the blogpost says:
(I will be explaining the sections and go through the details, my comments are in green and bold)

Editor’s Note:
The video calling with Lync requires Skype for Windows desktop client version 7.0.x.100.  We are experiencing issues with some browser versions where an older client is downloaded.  If you’ve downloaded using the link below, and the version is not 7.0.x.100, please download using a different browser.

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Topics: Microsoft Lync, Skype, Lync

Skype & Lync Part I: Announcements

Posted by Johan Delimon on Jan 7, 2015 4:24:00 PM

During the last 3 quarters Microsoft has made many announcements surrounding Skype.  While Skype is already used by many people, additional features and capabilities are being made available for FREE to everyone.  Skype continues to be a world leader in voice and video calls between consumers and even some organizations, more and more Skype premium features are delivered for FREE which should boost Skype’s popularity even more.

Year after year Lync continues to be the Enterprise communications suite of preference voted by fortune 100/500 companies even including ones that are already deploying Lync.

While Skype and Lync are bridging and merging together to embrace a better way to communicate across work and life in general, what’s even more interesting is that Lync will be rebranding in order to emphasize the strategic choice of acquiring Skype and connecting enterprises with consumers into a new world of communications no matter what kind of device, browser or persona they are.

Before going into the details of the Skype and Lync interconnectivity I will list some of the most interesting announcements made this year for Skype.

Introducing Skype for Business

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Topics: Microsoft Lync, Skype, Lync

Microsoft Announces Skype for Business

Posted by Johan Delimon on Nov 13, 2014 3:14:00 PM

  • Lync and Skype Users all keep their favorite features and functionality 
  • Lync and Skype users can all communicate with each other through federated services
  • Complete unification of platforms will drive greater unified communication adoption

Back on July 10, 2014 new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella sent an email to all Microsoft employees that was published on the web for all to see.  His subject line: “Bold Ambition & Our Core

In this email, as he was explaining that Microsoft would be the “Platform & Productivity” company for the new “mobile-first, cloud-first” world, Nadella declared, “We will reinvent productivity to empower every person and every organization on the planet to do more and achieve more.”

Microsoft Corporate Vice President Gurdeep Pall invoked this declaration in his November 11, 2014 blog post, Introducing Skype for Business, saying “Yesterday we kicked off a global conversation about how Microsoft is reinventing productivity—across the board—to create a world where people can truly make the most of their time and lead more fulfilling lives.  Connecting people across all of life’s moments—to talk, to share, to collaborate—is at the heart of helping people make the most of every moment.  To that end, and for our business customers, we are bringing together the familiar experience and user love of Skype with the enterprise security, compliance and control from Lync to create the most loved and trusted communications platform for doing things together.”

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Topics: Microsoft Lync, Skype, Lync

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