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January Update Includes the New Skype for Business Client

Skype for Business 2015 users are getting a January 2019 update for the communication system. The update became available on January 2 and contains the usual amalgam of fixes and performance enhancements, but this particular update includes the new Skype for Business client software. Microsoft has released an update for Microsoft Skype for Business 2015 (Lync 2013) on January 2, 2019. This update also includes the new Skype for Business client. The version number of this update is 15.0.5101.1002. More information: January 2, 2019, update for Skype for Business 2015 (Lync 2013) (KB4461557)

Tip: Using Skype with an Amazon Echo Device

Amazon has recently begun the rollout of Skype capability for Alexa-enabled devices. The capability will be available for the following devices: Amazon Echo 1st, 2nd Generation Amazon Echo Plus 1st, 2nd Generation Amazon Dot 2nd, 3rd Generation Amazon Show 1st, 2nd Generation Amazon Echo Spot   To make this work on the supported devices, you need to first enable it and connect your Microsoft account. The option can be found in the Alexa mobile app or the web app at: Settings > Communication > Skype        Examples of things you can say: “Alexa, Skype Mom” “Alexa, call Mom on Skype” “Alexa, call Dad’s mobile on Skype” Those that choose to set it up and link Skype with Alexa will get 100 minutes of free calls per month for two months. More...

Skype For Business Server 2015 Conferencing Limits

There have been many discussions within the Lync community regarding how many conferences Lync Server 2013 on-premise can support and \ or handle. Ironically these are two different topics in their own rights with regards to supported and what will technically work especially with the adjusted supported number of users per Lync 2013 Front-End server (which is 6660 users, if you didn’t know). In this article, I will explore the suggested conferencing meeting size limit of 250 users and take a look into some additional numbers that might affect conferencing and the quantity of Front End servers you have in your pool or the amount users you have in your organization assigned to a particular pool. For additional information on Front End servers and sizing, read through the article where I disc...

The Next Step in the Microsoft and Amazon Collaboration is Skype on Alexa Devices

What started as a reciprocal integration of Alexa and Cortana on Echo devices and Windows 10 PCs has now advanced one step further. Microsoft has now announced that Skype will be available soon on Amazon’s Echo devices. We are excited to bring Skype calling to Alexa devices, so users can easily communicate with their friends and family from their Echo devices, simply using voice. Users can make outgoing Skype voice and video calls, accept incoming Skype calls, and even make SkypeOut calls to most phone numbers around the world. For example, simply say, “Alexa, call Jimmy on Skype,” or if Jimmy is calling you on Skype, say, “Alexa, answer.” Alexa users will soon be able to take advantage of the high-quality Skype network across the globe to easily connect with others from any device t...

Skype Business Server 2015: Difference Between Active and Concurrent Users

There are two key words when working with Skype for Business server 2015 that you should be aware of and those are: Active and Concurrent. These particular words will come up quite a bit when you are working with design, capacity planning, or troubleshooting an issue. At the end of the day, regardless of the scenario you are working with, its important to understand what these words mean and how to use them accordingly. What is considered Active? Active can be considered as what is happening at an exact moment in time; such as “How many active Peer-to-Peer or Skype to PSTN calls are taking place right now?”   In this instance, this would mean that calls are actually taking place at that exact moment.   Another scenario is “How many active users of Enterprise voice are ena...

Skype for Business Server 2015 Codecs

Skype for Business Server 2015 (S4BS) has numerous codecs that can be leveraged in different types of communication depending on the workload that the end users are engaged with. Everything from peer-to- peer calls to conference calls leverage various codecs ranging from G.711 to Siren.  Depending on the type of  codec that is leveraged, you can end up changing your S4BS design infrastructure and can also help you plan going ahead on what to expect with regards to bandwidth consumption.   We will take a look at the various different codecs that are involved with S4BS and what scenarios they are used with. Session Description Protocol  Before we get into the codecs that are used, let’s take a look at the Session Description Protocol (SDP) as seen from a snooper trace in figure 1 below.  The...

How Many Skype Front-End Servers Can I Reboot in a “Routing Group” Quorum?

The routing group quorum is a  particularly interesting one because its what is used to decide if a user will see the message “Limited Functionality” message on their Skype client when a pool failover is “NOT” taking place.   We can use the example that we have 12 Front – End servers in a pool.    The fact that our user routing group could actually exist on any three of the twelve Front-End servers is where this becomes interesting. F1| F2|  F3 |  F4| F5|  F6 | F7|  F8 |  F9  | F10 |  F11 | F12 I’ve use color-coded numbers in the scenario above to show a 12 server Front – End Pool and how there could be various user accounts that are a part of a routing group that sits on various servers.  For the sake of the conversation, imagine that my routing group where my Skype user account resides s...

Microsoft Caves to Customers, Keeps Classic Skype on Life Support for Now

Recently, Microsoft announced that it would require that customers use its newest iteration of Skype and began rolling it out with plans to eliminate the old, classic desktop versions. Customers revolted and Microsoft caved. In a short, terse response by Babs on the Microsoft Answers forums, the company has pivoted its stance… ******UPDATE****** Based on customer feedback, we are extending support for Skype 7 (Skype classic) for some time. Our customers can continue to use Skype classic until then.   Thanks for all your comments – we are listening.  Watch this space.   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

Microsoft Forcing Skype Users to Login with a Microsoft Account Only

It makes sense that Microsoft would want customers to use its own credential security system to access its products. By forcing customers into a single login, they gain access to all Microsoft services, and it frees the company from having to support and developer for multiple login services. Microsoft has updated its Skype FAQ with new information about the Facebook account login ability to expire January 2018. Its highly possible that not many Skype users actually use a Facebook login for the communications service. Microsoft says this in the FAQ… As we continue to roll out the new Skype, we’re discontinuing the option to login via Facebook in January 2018 and will streamline all Skype logins via your Microsoft account. Using a Microsoft Account will enable you to login-in via sing...

UPDATED: Microsoft Promises Skype Fix for iPhone 8

UPDATE: The fix is now available. Original report…   With the release of new hardware for any platform there will be bugs. When Apple released the iPhone 8, there were some nagging bugs recognized right away and the company is working to fix them. However, one additional bug that was not expected is a situation where Skype will only crash when run. Microsoft is aware of the issue and will deliver a fix soon… We’ve made a fix and the updated version of Skype for iPhone (v8.7) will be be available on the iOS App Store soon! We will let you know, once it’s available!   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Latest Skype Update Brings Group Video Calling and Hot-switchable Hardware

The recent Skype for Windows 10 update brings a few new updates – a couple that are pretty significant. The update brings Skype for Windows 10 to version 11.13.133. Here’s what’s new… Contacts – We’ve simplified the way your contacts on Skype connect with the People app on your device. Skype will display the number of mutual contacts you share, making it easier to find the right people. You can always opt out of this setting by updating your profile for People Search and Suggestions. Messaging – searchable chats, keyboard shortcuts at your fingertips and send SMS with a little Skype Credit. Group video calling – the new redesigned view brings everyone even closer together. Calling – switch microphone, camera or to a new device during a call.  ...

Getting Rid of the New Skype Advertisements

Microsoft has started delivering advertisements through Skype. These ads will pop-up from time-to-time to tell you things about Skype and other Microsoft products. These pop-ups can get annoying and for those that simply abhor unwelcome advertisements can feel intrusive, however, Microsoft states that these messages adhere to its services agreement and privacy statement and that you inadvertently agreed to the legal mumbo jumbo at some point. You can stop these ads from appearing. Microsoft initiates these ads by automatically adding a Skype bot to your list of Skype contacts. Essentially, it inserts a robot account into your list of contacts without your agreement, and this “bot” delivers the automatic notifications to you.  So, to stop these advertisements from appearing, jus...

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