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Skype for Business iOS is Available! Calm Down.

The Skype for Business iOS app was released this morning to much fanfare… I’m as excited as anyone, however I had to calm down a bit as I quickly realized some critical features that I used regularly with the Lync 2013 app using didn’t make it into the RTM version.  This is somewhat of an issue because the Skype version is an update that replaces the Lync 2013 version, there’s no going back and there’s no running them in parallel.

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Some of the most notable features missing are:

  • There is no option to set call forwarding settings.
  • There is no option to transfer a call.
  • You cannot view PowerPoint presentations unless within a desktop sharing session.
  • No group IMs.

These shortcomings are outlined here and will hopefully be addressed soon:  https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3102247

Futhermore, other issues have been spotted such as the client automatically adding a +1 (or +whatever your country code) and are mentioned here: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3101663

I’ve personally been seeing miscellaneous crashes as well, though to be fair, many of my apps have been crashing since upgrading to iOS9, so I can’t say this is Skype related for certain.  Still, because of the official issues referred to in the article, I’ve been advising helpdesks to notify their users to hold off on the update if any of these features will cause a serious hindrance to their work.  If these features don’t affect you, it’s a pretty cool app and I’m excited to have it finally on my phone.

 

Awarded MVP for Skype for Business 2015

It’s October 1st, and I am honored to (once again) be awarded as a Microsoft MVP for Skype for Business for 2015.  Reflecting on the last year, the biggest benefit of the program really has been the opportunity to meet and chat directly with people involved in the product group as well as the close comradery of the MVP community.  One of the most surprising things is simply how vocal the MVPs are about product issues and improvements that are needed, it’s not all a Microsoft love-fest like you might have imagined.  You should know that the MVPs are in your corner, standing in front of Microsoft, unashamedly pushing and fighting for many of the ideas seen on lync.ideascale.com and skypefeedback.com.  🙂  It’s not so surprising when you consider we’ve dedicated ourselves to the solution, are vendors and implementors, and are extremely passionate about what we do.

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Update: the award hit has been received and unboxed.  New pin, new card, new plaque, more stickers, and the glass disk to fit on the existing award.  If you want to see what the first award looks like, click here.

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