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Microsoft Delays Skype for Business Desktop App for Mac Transition to April

Microsoft has been working to transition Mac users from the Skype Meetings App to the Skype for Business Desktop app since December when the company first made notice of the upcoming changes. Despite the company affirming that it’s ready for the transition, Microsoft says that based on customer feedback, this change has been delayed until April. Specifically, the change will take place on April 5th. On April 5th, when a Mac computer visits Microsoft’s web site to connect to a meeting, instead of being prompted to download Skype Meetings the user will be prompted to download and install the Skype for Business Desktop app before the user can join the meeting. Of course, if the app is already installed, the computer can bypass the download and just attend the scheduled meeting. Th...

Skype for Business Server 2019 Capacity Planning for Front End Servers

Front End servers S4B server 2019 offers some new sizing numbers compared to S4B server 2015. What we are used to in S4B server 2015 is the max capacity for users in a pool being 80k consisting of 12 Front End servers. For S4B server 2019, the limit has increased to 106k users on 16 Front End servers. So that means the largest number of Front End servers we can now have in a pool is 16. So how does this (if at all) change the number of users per Front End server? If you recall, in S4B server 2015, the max amount of users is 6660 per Front End server. This number came to be when we divided (12 Front End servers / 80k users = 6,666), but then for whatever reason, Microsoft would state 6,660 instead of the 6,666 as the recommended number of users per Front End server. Well, that number has de...