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.
The Skype for Business Desktop app brings many improvements including better reliability through Video-based Screen Sharing (VbSS). VbSS is being utilized in place of the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) which has been a standard for some time.
The file size of the app is also smaller, ensuring a faster download and installation.
There’s still a feature discrepancy between Windows and Mac editions, though. To view a feature comparison between them, see the table at…