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Skype for Business client for iOS

Microsoft recently released Skype for Business client for iOS, which is replacing Lync 2013 client. 

Let’s discuss about Skype for Business client features..

What’s new in Skype for Business for iOS compared for Lync?
Skype for Business for iOS includes a new look and feel, at-a-glance view of your upcoming meetings and conversation history, easy call control, and other improvements. And, if your organization uses Skype for Business Server 2015, the ability to communicate with your Skype contacts using IM, audio call, and video call. 

How to install Skype for Business on iOS device?
You may download from App store and install Skype for Business for your iPhone, iPad etc.

In most of the cases Skype for Business client is getting updated automatically if automatic updates download on for App Store.

What’s New? 
There are many new updated features:
·        Updated UI reflecting the Skype brand
·        New Dashboard
o   Contact Search
o   Upcoming Appointments
o   Recent Conversations

·        Manage calls with larger buttons
·        Prepending country code call calls
·        Full Screen Video
·        Content with Video Viewing
·        Support for Apple’s Universal App Store Format 

How new dashboard feature looks?
·        New Dashboard
o   Contact search bar—Search your Global Address List by first name, last name, email alias or even a phone number! On iOS, your phone contacts are also included in the search.

o   Upcoming appointments—Here you can see your current and next meetings in your calendar. You can either click through to read more about the meeting or click the Quick Join icon to join the meeting right away.

o   Recent conversations—Makes it easy to refer back to your most recent chats, phone calls and meetings.


How manage calls with larger buttons looks?

It shows similar button like Skype for Business 2015 desktop client.

We rebuilt the In-Call and In-Meeting experience with new features that make it easier to navigate calls and meetings on your mobile phone or tablet.

New client shows prepending country code call calls.

Dial pad shows county code pre populated.


Video call feature.

How to search contact in Skype for business iOS client?

Just click on search windows and type first and last name of person which you want to search.


Where can find my buddy group in Skype for Business iOS client?

After sign-in on Skype for Business client > on main window click on contacts icon (looks like book icon) to see you buddy group added.

What‘s NOT included?

Here is a list of features that currently exist in the Lync 2013 app for iOS that will NOT be in the rebranded client.

·        Contacts
o   Searching in contacts from the Contacts screen (work on the Dashboard)
o   Searching groups
o   Communications with groups
o   Group contact cards
§  Group contact actions
§  Assign to group via contact card
§  Remove from group via contact card
§  Remove contact via contact card

·        Chat
o   Send as email transcript
o   Go to a contact card from participant list

·        Meetings
o   Send email transcript
o   Go to a contact card from participant list

·        Voicemail
o   Delete a voicemail
o   Call back from a voicemail
o   See contact card from voicemail
o   Scrubber to move along the message
o   Speed control on accessibility

·        In Call
o   Transfer call
o   View PPT presentations

·        Settings
o   Call forwarding / SimulRing / turn off call forwarding options 

*All features except view ppt presentations will come in an update later this month. No eta on fix for view ppt presentations. 

In addition to the new client. There are two iOS 9 Related Lync client problem that I know of.

1.     When click on a calendar item, you will not be able to switch of Lync/SFB client to join a meeting. The workaround is to go to Lync client, open the Meeting Tab, click on the meeting and join. This problem is fixed on the September release of the server components. September 2015 cumulative update 5.0.8308.933 for Lync Server 2013 web components server, this is the KB for it.

2.     The second problem is the when the client is having some region mismatch, or using Simplified Chinese client, the sign on will fail. This problem will be fixed with the next release of the SFB for iOS client.

Thank you.


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