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Microsoft Earns Top Honors at Enterprise Connect 2018

Enterprise Connect 2018 is wrapping up and over the past year there has been an abundance of new exciting products and services released into the world of Unified Communications. However, there can only be one winner and Microsoft has earned top honors this year for its reinvigorated intelligent communications solution called Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Teams […]

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Skype for Business and Teams Microsoft Ignite 2017 Keynote Recap

Today at Microsoft Ignite 2017, Microsoft officially announced what was accidentally released a couple weeks ago. Microsoft Teams will become the primary unified communications (or rather, intelligent communications) platform in Office 365. Skype for Business Online will still be available for an unknown amount of time to allow organizations to make the transition to Microsoft Teams. […]

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Office 365 – Microsoft Teams and Dial In Conferencing in Preview

More and more Skype for Business functionality is making its way into Microsoft Teams. I opened my Outlook client today to create a new Microsoft Teams meeting, and, to my surprise, there is a “Join by Phone” option with a dial-in number and conference ID: It looks like Teams is using the dial-in conferencing information that […]

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Skype for Business – Upcoming Ignite 2017 Sessions to Watch

With one week to go until Microsoft Ignite 2017 in Orlando, FL, I decided to take a look at the Skype for Business sessions to see which ones gave clues about new and upcoming features to the product. Here are the top four that I found. First, there is Real Time Communications with Network Planner. It […]

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Skype Online – Is Microsoft Teams the Future?

It has been speculated that some type of change or re-brand of Skype for Business might be happening due to the overlapping feature set of Teams along with the upcoming Ignite session names. Today’s “glitch” only seemed to add speculation to this. In a blog post by Mary Jo Foley over at zdnet.com, she shows […]

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Skype for Business – How to Integrate with Exchange Server 2016

Recently I had to perform a familiar function: integrating Skype for Business with Exchange in order to allow IM and presence functionality inside of OWA (or “Outlook on the Web” as it is now known). While the process on the Skype for Business side has stayed the same, Microsoft has introduced a new way to […]

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Skype for Business – How to Install on Windows Server 2016

On June 20 of this year, Microsoft announced support for Skype for Business Server 2015 with Window Server 2016. This comes on the heels of the May 2017 update for Skype for Business Server 2015, and it has been anticipated that this update would provide the support. While Microsoft does provide a basic guide on […]

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Skype Practice Adds New Capabilities with Clarity Connect

Announced on Friday, June 23, 2017, Perficient acquired Clarity Consulting based out of Chicago. Clarity Consulting adds many capabilities to Perficient’s Microsoft practice for custom application development and cloud implementations. Most notably is the addition of Clarity Connect, a full feature contact center solution for Lync and Skype for Business. Clarity Connect was developed specifically […]

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Skype Online – Managing User Access to Skype Meeting Broadcast

The things you can find when you’re not even looking for them. Recently I was enabling Skype Meeting Broadcast in Office 365 for a customer, and I wanted to verify if there were any other PowerShell commands available with the word “broadcast” in them to make sure I didn’t miss any configuration options. When I […]

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Skype Online – Meeting Migration Service Tips & Tricks

Last November Microsoft released the Meeting Migration Service (MMS). MMS is a Skype for Business Online service that automatically updates Skype for Business meetings for users. MMS will identify any future single and recurring meetings for a meeting organizer, replace the meeting information block with new conference information, and send out meeting updates to all recipients. […]

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Skype Online – New Auto Attendant Feature Overview

Last week Microsoft announced general availability of auto attendants and call queues in Skype for Business Online in Office 365. These features have been in preview for several months, and I know many people are excited to finally have them released. The lack of auto attendants and call queues have prevented many organizations from utilizing […]

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Skype Online – Dial Plans Available in Preview

4/24/2017 – See my latest blog entry to see dial plans in action after being released from preview. When Skype Online was first introduced, it had its limitations, particularly around policies and customization. From an administrative point of view, you were locked down to being able to use only predefined policies. As Cloud PBX and […]

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Skype for Business – Reverse Proxy 101

  First let’s start off with what a Reverse proxy is and then cover how it fits in with with Skype for Business Server. The Reverse proxy is a device that receives requests from clients on and then forwards the request on to another resource, in this case a Skype for Business Front End server. This is done in […]

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The Skype For Business Client Has Arrived!

Today is the day that the official Skype For Business Client gets released! I have been using the Technical Preview for about a week now and can honestly say that I like the new Skype-influenced interface. I have a couple customers that have been waiting for this new UI to come out before they begin their client rollout, because they […]

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Skype for Business Updates from Enterprise Connect

It is official – new Skype for Business Server, Client, and Online Service coming in April 2015! The announcement for the new Skype for Business products happened today during the Microsoft Keynote at Enterprise Connect. Items covered during the Keynote: Office 365 – Skype4B Online Enterprise Voice, Audio Conferencing, and PSTN Calling features being added  –  coming later this […]

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Managing the Skype Client UI in Skype for Business

With Microsoft officially announcing that they will be upgrading Office365 to utilize the Skype for Business back-end, administrators will need to begin to take actions to prepare themselves and their users for the impact of this update. Note: Since Skype for Business (hereafter, S4B) hasn’t been released to GA yet, this information is still pre-release […]

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