What's new in Skype for Business?

What's new in Skype for Business?

We're always working to improve Skype for Business and are excited to tell you about the latest features that are available now.

Skype for Business on Windows


June 13, 2017

New screen-sharing notification

This notification reminds you that you are still sharing your screen and makes it easy to stop sharing. This notification is displayed when:

  • You share your screen in an IM conversation.

  • You share your screen in a meeting and hang up the call without stopping screen-sharing.

Sharing notification in an IM conversation

Note: Don't see this feature in your Skype for Business client yet? It's just starting to roll out and you should see it soon.


May 9, 2017

New problem-reporting tool

Report a Problem dialog box

You can now report a problem or send feedback about your Skype for Business experience directly to Microsoft, right from the Skype for Business main window.

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Simplified meeting join for mobile users

The Skype for Business meeting invitation has been updated to combine the telephone numbers with conference IDs (access codes). Instead of having to click the phone number and then enter the conference ID as a separate step, mobile users just tap the phone number to join.

Meeting invitation on mobile

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Join Microsoft Teams meetings through Skype for Business

Office 365 users who use Microsoft Teams can now view and join their Teams meetings from the Skype for Business meeting view.

Join Teams meetings through Skype for Business

Note: Don't see these features in your Skype for Business client yet? They're just starting to roll out and you should see them soon.

Previous releases

If you can't see your Skype for Business Contacts folder in Outlook or Outlook Web App, your organization might have changed the policy settings to hide it. If you use the latest Office 365 Outlook Web App, you can see Skype for Business contacts directly from the Skype for Business 2016 chat sidebar.

Office 365 Outlook on the web view

Similarly, if you use the mobile or desktop client, you can use the Skype for Business 2016 client to view the Skype for Business contacts.

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Improvements to call notifications

Notifications in Skype for Business now have a more modern look and feel. New notifications provide more information about incoming calls, and make it easy to take quick action on calls.

Notification window showing the improved design

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Improvements to call transfers

A new Consult button has been added to the Skype for Business user interface to improve how calls are transferred. The Consultative Transfer feature makes it easier to confer with someone before transferring a call to them.

Call Controls window showing the Consult button

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New look for the user interface

The Skype for Business UI is getting a visual facelift. Updates include improved keyboard navigation, screen reader compatibility, color changes and icons that provide greater text-to-background contrast, and other visual enhancements designed to help make the experience more accessible for all users.

Example of new visual updates

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Video-based screen sharing in meetings

Experience a faster, reliable, and more efficient screen-sharing experience in meetings and conference calls. This feature was previously available only in peer-to-peer video-based screen-sharing.

Note: This feature requires the new version of Skype for Business Server 2015 2016 Cumulative Update (Office 365 only). Read more about version requirements.

For more information, see Video-based screen sharing for Skype for Business Server 2015.

Offline messaging

Don't wait until someone is online before sending them a message in Skype for Business. You'll no longer receive those "this message can't be delivered" notifications when you send a message to someone who is offline.

Show me how

Preload meeting attachments

Get a quick start to meetings by preloading attachments when you set up your online meeting in Outlook so that you can get started as soon as the participants join.

Show me how

Launch Skype for Business from Office 365

You can now launch and perform some basic Skype for Business tasks right from your navigation bar in Outlook on the web for business (Outlook Web App) in Office 365.

Launch Skype for Business from the navigation bar

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Prompt to switch audio to newly connected device without putting ongoing call on hold

You are prompted to switch audio for an ongoing call or meeting to a newly connected device, without putting the ongoing call on hold.

Leaner Skype for Business

Various engineering investments resulted in a smaller, more nimble Skype for Business 16 client. Not only does it take less space but also requires less memory than version 15, resulting in quicker performance for all users.

Co-author in a Skype for Business meeting

If you're writing a document or creating a spreadsheet or PowerPoint presentation and need to collaborate with others, you can use Office 365 and Skype for Business to co-author and edit while in a meeting or instant message (IM) conversation. Everyone who participates in the co-authoring session sees changes being made to the document in real time.

Show me how

Smart contacts list

The first time you use Skype for Business, you'll see that your contacts list already includes your manager and the people on your team, and all are tagged for status updates. That's because Skype for Business checks your company's global address book and picks out those people who share your same manager. Of course, you can make changes to this list by adding and removing contacts, creating groups, and sorting contacts into groups that make sense to you.

Don't want to see status updates from your team? You can untag a contact.

This feature is turned on by default for Office 365 users. On-premises customers will have the feature turned off by default but admins can enable it through an in-band setting.

Smart contacts lists are available to both Skype for Business 15 and Skype for Business 16 clients.

Tell me how to add contacts

Tell me how to untag contacts

Contextual tips

Contextual tips are helpful suggestions that encourage you to try Skype for Business features that you might not have used before. The tips are relevant to the task at hand. For example, when searching for a contact, you might see a tip like this:

Tip that pops up when you enter the beginnings of a name in the search box

Click the X at the top of the tip to dismiss it. Once dismissed, the tip will not display again.

This feature is only available in Skype for Business 16.

Peer-to-peer video-based screen sharing

You and your colleagues will enjoy an improved screen-sharing experience thanks to the video-based screen-sharing (VbSS) technology in Skype for Business. While you won't see any changes in the way you present on-screen content during your peer-to-peer calls or chats, you will notice that the connection time is drastically reduced, and the screen presentation is always in sync between presenter and viewer.

VbSS is only used when both parties in the conversation are using Skype for Business 16. For more information, including network bandwidth requirements, see Video-Based Screen-Sharing for Skype for Business Server 2015.

Modern authentication

Modern authentication takes advantage of the Active Directory Authentication Library (ADAL) to enable various sign-in scenarios for users of Office 365 and Skype for Business. These scenarios include multi-factor authentication, Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) -based identity provider sign-in, and smart card and certificate-based authentication.

Admins can learn more about ADAL by visiting MSDN.

Support for Office 365 Groups

You probably already know that you can add individual contacts to your contact list, but if your organization uses Office 365 Groups, you can now add those to your list, too. The process is the same, just search for the Group name, right-click the name when you see it in the list, and click Add to contacts list.

Features no longer available in Skype for Business 16

The Lync experience    is only supported in version 15. In version 16, all users will have the Skype for Business experience only.

Remote Call Control    was a feature in previous versions of Lync and Skype for Business, which enabled users to control their private branch exchange (PBX) phones with their Lync and Skype for Business clients.

Note: Microsoft is working with select partners to ensure their IP Phones and other products work seamlessly to provide enterprise grade communications solutions for our customers. See the Skype for Business Solutions web site to learn more about this partnership.

Skype for Business on Mac

Updates are available from Microsoft AutoUpdate (MAU). To use MAU, start Skype for Business on Mac, and then choose Help > Check for Updates. If you have not yet installed Skype for Business on Mac, you can do so from the Microsoft Download Center.

Skype for Business Server 2015, December 2017 update

Customers that use Skype for Business Server 2015 can enable functionality for Mac users by installing the December 2017 cumulative update.  When the update is installed, users of Skype for Business on Mac will see the following improvements:

Support for E-911 calls

When known, the location of a 911 caller will be sent to the emergency service provider.  For West Safety Services customers, this might also require installing Emergency Gateway Version 5.4. 

Send files in peer-to-peer chats

Users can send and receive files while in a chat session by clicking the paper clip in the chat message input box. They can also drag files directly from the Finder to the chat message input box.

 Other improvements

  • Fixed an issue to block users from signing in from outside of their organization's network when disallowed by policy.

  • Fixed an issue that prevented users from getting their meeting list when a mobility policy is disabled.

December 2017 release

Release date: December 7, 2017

Version: 16.13.184

Status from your Outlook calendar

Skype for Business on Mac will automatically update your status to indicate when you are in a meeting or busy based on your Outlook calendar. You can turn this off by clearing Update my status based on my calendar information in General page of Preferences dialog box.

Manage people in your meetings and calls

When in a meeting or call, you can easily mute someone's microphone, make them a presenter or attendee, or remove them from the meeting. In the People list, select the user and then select the More Options () button.

Manage people in your meetings and calls

Know when you are offline

You'll see a notification at the top of the window when you aren't connected to the Skype for Business server, and the buttons to start conversations and join meetings will be disabled.

Know when you are offline

See your missed IM messages

When you miss an IM conversation, you can see the message text in the chat window even if your organization has disabled automatic archiving of IM messages.

Automatically close the window when you hang up a call

Skype for Business on Mac will automatically close the call window when you hang up a person-to-person phone call as long as no one has sent IMs in the conversation.

Monitor the quality of your audio and video calls

If you are on macOS Sierra or later, your admin can monitor the Quality of Service (QoS) of your audio and video calls to keep your service running smoothly.

Improvements

  • Fixed an issue that prevented a user from seeing a security desk notification when they dial 911.

  • Improved the performance of opening chat conversations.

  • Changed the position of notifications so they do not cover action buttons when you leave a call or meeting.

  • Improved the performance of displaying the Devices window.

  • Improved the visibility of Next Slide and Previous Slide buttons when sharing a PowerPoint file in a meeting.

  • Fixed issues around sending IMs when a presenter enables or disables all IM in a meeting.

  • Fixed an issue with how HTTP proxy passwords were stored.

  • Fixed an issue that caused users with an Alternate ID to be prompted to sign in multiple times.

Previous releases

Release date: November 8, 2017

Version: 16.12.77

Improvements

  • Fixed a crash issue.

Release date: October 31, 2017

Version: 16.12.75

Easily change devices when in a meeting or call

Users can select the Devices button while in a meeting or call to select audio and video devices.

Change devices in a meeting or call

Choose meeting audio options by pressing Join from Calendar tab

When users select a meeting on the Meetings tab, they can press the Join button to see the Join Meeting Audio dialog box to choose how to join audio. The option to have a meeting call to a phone number is now only available from the Join Meeting Audio dialog box.

Maximized screen sharing

Users will now see screen sharing fill the meeting or conversation window so it is easier to see what is being shared.

Stop screen sharing when you hang up

The app will automatically stop sharing the screen when a user hangs up to make sure others can't see the user's screen after they leave a meeting or call.

Invite users to a meeting through email

The user can easily send an email to someone with information on how to join a meeting by clicking Invite by Email in the Meeting Information dialog box.

Invite users to a meeting through email

Improvements

  • Fixed an issue where the “This call is on hold” message continued to be displayed after switching audio from the computer to a phone.

  • Added a check to prevent users from trying to send IMs when they are not signed in.

  • Fixed an issue that caused phone numbers to be formatted incorrectly when shown in Outlook calendar items.

  • Fixed an issue where a network connection error remains displayed after the network connection is restored.

  • Fixed an issue that prevented redialing calls from the Calls tab.

  • Fixed an issue that prevented display of the current speaker video when someone was sharing a screen in a meeting.

  • Removed the requirement that a user be enabled for Enterprise Voice in order to see the Join Meeting Audio dialog box.

  • Add ability for an administrator to customize the sign-in UI to show the User Name field in the sign-in dialog box as well as in Advanced Options. Click here for help with customization.

Release date: October 5, 2017

Version: 16.11.149

Join meetings without audio

Users can choose to join meetings without joining audio. Users can choose the option for one meeting by selecting Don't join audio in the Join Meeting Audio dialog box or set the default for all meetings in the Calls page of Preferences. The Join Meeting Audio dialog box is displayed when you join a meeting from your calendar or by double-clicking an item on the Meetings tab.

Example of Join Meeting Audio dialog box

Simplified sign in

Signing into Skype for Business on Mac is now easier and only asks for information that is needed. The user starts by entering their email address, and Skype for Business determines what additional information is required by your organization. The user name field has been moved to the Advanced Options dialog box. Entering a user name is not necessary for most users, but might be required by some organizations.

Example of simplified sign-in screen

Sign in with client certificate-based authentication

Users can now sign into Skype for Business on Mac using client certificate-based authentication when required by their organization.

Hide and show meeting content

Users can choose to hide or show content that another user is sharing in a meeting. When someone is sharing their screen, select Hide Meeting Content from the More Options () menu. If content is available but not displayed (because it was hidden or due to an error), select Show Meeting Content from the More Options () menu.

Example of how to turn off or on meeting content

Join meetings from organizations that are not federated with your organization

Users can now join meetings that are hosted by another organization even when external connectivity (federation) has not been established between the two organizations. To join these meetings, start from the meetings list on the Meetings tab. Joining these meetings from Outlook is not yet supported.

Support for macOS High Sierra

Upgrade your macOS with confidence knowing that Skype for Business on Mac fully supports High Sierra. 

Improvements

  • Fixed an issue where a user's location used for E-911 calls is not correctly identified when the user is connected to a network inside their organization.

  • Fixed an issue where a user's status continued to show as Available after they had quit the app.

  • Fixed an issue that prevented users from signing in with an Alternate ID.

  • Fixed several issues to improve the reliability of viewing screen sharing in a meeting.

Release date: August 30, 2017

Version: 16.10.097

End Meeting command

Users who are Presenters in a meeting can now end the meeting from Skype for Business on Mac by selecting More Options (...) and then End Meeting. When a meeting is ended, all users in the meeting are disconnected.

End Meeting command in More Options (...) menu

Note: Skype for Business Online users only.

Display Join Meeting Audio dialog box for every meeting

Users will now see the Join Meeting Audio dialog box when joining a meeting from the Meetings tab in addition to when they join a meeting from outside of Skype for Business on Mac.

Help for adding delegates

A new help link in the Calls page of Preferences dialog box will make it easier for users to access documentation describing how to add delegates in Skype for Business.

'How do I add delegates?' help link in Calls page of Preferences dialog box

Improvements

  • Fixed an issue where the app doesn't automatically select a connected audio headset when making a call or joining a meeting.

  • Fixed an issue where incorrect dial-in phone numbers for some regions were displayed for online meetings in Outlook.  This requires Outlook for Mac 15.37.170815 or later.

  • Fixed an issue where the Take over as Presenter button is not disabled when the user is demoted from Presenter to Attendee in a meeting.

  • Fixed an issue where users see an incorrect error message when a presenter ends a meeting.

  • Fixed an issue where users might see a black or gray screen when someone shares a screen in a meeting.

Release date: August 2, 2017

Version: 16.9.0.37

Support for multiple emergency numbers

Skype for Business on Mac now supports multiple emergency numbers when configured by your admin.

Delegates can schedule meetings on behalf of delegators

Outlook for Mac will now allow a delegate to schedule an online meeting on behalf of a delegator. This new feature has a limitation that the online meeting is created using meeting ID and policies of the delegate, not the delegator. This limitation will be removed in future versions of Skype for Business on Mac and Outlook for Mac.

Note: You must install the Outlook update version 15.36.170702 or later to enable this feature.

Delegator and delegate features for Lync Server 2013

Delegator and delegate feature are enabled for Lync Server 2013 Cumulative Update 9: July 2017.

  • Users can now add delegates to "My Delegates" group in contact group and set call routing preferences to delegates.

  • Delegates can see who has made them a delegate.

  • Delegates can make calls on behalf of a delegator.

Contact management for Lync Server 2013

The ability to add and remove contacts and create and delete contact groups is enabled for Lync Server 2013 Cumulative Update 9: July 2017.

Peer-to-peer desktop sharing with Skype for Business 2016 users for Lync Server 2013

Peer-to-peer desktop sharing between Skype for Business on Mac and Skype for Business 2016 on Windows is enabled for Lync Server 2013 Cumulative Update 9: July 2017.

Improvements

  • Increased the touch bar buttons size and spacing when in a meeting.

  • Fixed an issue that prevented all dial-in numbers from being displayed when scheduling an online meeting in Outlook.

  • Fixed an issue where hanging up from a meeting while sharing a PowerPoint presentation ended the presentation for everyone in the meeting.

  • Fixed an issue where the user could be automatically signed in even when Keep me signed in is unchecked.

  • Fixed accessibility issues with keyboard navigation in the Calls and Meetings tabs.

  • Fixed an issue where a user could not see screen sharing if two users tried to start sharing at the same time.

  • Fixed an issue where some check boxes were not displayed correctly in right-to-left languages.

  • Fixed an issue where an error message was not displayed when the Exchange password was needed.

  • Fixed a crash issue when the user maximizes, unmaximizes, and then moves the window while viewing screen sharing in a meeting.

Release date: June 20, 2017

Features added

  • Users can now search for contacts with whom they previously haven't talked to directly from the Chats tab.

    Search for contacts from the Chats tab
  • Users can see who have added them to their contacts list in Skype for Business from the New Contacts list in the Contacts tab.

    New Contacts list on Contacts tab
  • Enterprise Voice users can choose to have audio go to their phone when they join a meeting by selecting Join by Phone from the Meetings tab.

    Join by Phone option on the Meetings tab
  • Added a More Options (...) button in meetings.

    Screenshot showing More Options button

    Selecting the More Options button displays a menu with various commands depending on the meeting, including:

    • Enterprise Voice users can switch audio to their phone after joining a meeting by selecting Join by Phone.

    • Users can share a PowerPoint presentation while in a meeting by selecting Share PowerPoint File.

    • Users can see information about a meeting (such as the organizer’s name, meeting link, conference ID and call-in phone numbers) by selecting Show Meeting Info.

    • Users can resume a held call by selecting Resume Call.

  • Users can now join meetings from another organization that is not federated with your organization directly from Skype_for_Business-on_Mac, rather than having to join in their browser. Simply select Join on the Meetings tab like you would for any online meeting.

  • Users can now join a Microsoft Teams meeting directly from the Meetings tab in Skype for Business by selecting the meeting and pressing Join.

    Teams meeting on Meetings tab
  • When sharing their screen in a meeting, Skype for Business Online users will use video-based screen sharing with higher frame-rates and better quality.

    Note: Skype for Business Online users only.

  • On-premises users can now schedule Skype for Business meetings in Outlook with their dedicated meeting space (which uses the same meeting ID for each meeting).

  • Meeting scheduling in Outlook will now use a pre-assigned meeting for on-premises users, if available.

    Note: Supported on Skype for Business Server 2015 and Skype for Business 2013 only.

  • Added Touch Bar support for various functionality on the contact card (such as IM, phone, video, email, and schedule a meeting) and in meetings (meetings controls such as video, microphone, and share).

  • Added support for Cloud PBX auto attendants and Cloud PBX call queues for Skype for Business Online users.

Improvements

  • Improved support for delegate management.

    Note: Supported for Skype for Business Server 6.0.9319.281 on-premises.

  • Losing connection during meetings only will now automatically reconnect if dropped due to network problems once sufficient network quality has been re-established.

  • Fixed a known issue with bidirectional file transfer for Skype for Business Online users.

    Note: Supported for Skype for Business Online users with Skype for Business Server 2015 Update version 1617.5.

  • Fixed a memory issue with the 4th Generation MacBook Pro where the app would leak excessive amounts of memory after a video call or video-based screen sharing.

  • Fixed an issue where the notification center would be filled with alerts about network problems.

  • Fixed an issue where 00 was always normalized to + regardless of the user's region.

  • Fixed an issue where the letters of vanity phone numbers wouldn't correctly translate to digits causing calls to fail.

  • Fixed an issue with double dial-tone sounds while dialing a PSTN number.

  • Fixed an issue that prompted users to update the meeting due to policy changes when scheduling public meetings.

  • Fixed an issue where multiple participants sharing their desktop or program in a meeting were seeing a black screen.

  • Fixed mute and unmute issues on peer-to-peer calls.

  • Fixed various issues with sign-in, screen sharing issues, and crashes.

Known issues

New issues

Issue

Comment

Contact Management, including Delegate Management, is not supported if Unified Contact Store is enabled

Users cannot modify their contacts list in Skype for Business if a user account is enabled by the Skype for Business administrator for the Unified Contact Store for Exchange. Users can make changes to their contacts list in Outlook.

Other known issues

For a complete list of known issues, see Known issues - Skype for Business on Mac.

Release date: April 18, 2017

Features added

  • Peer-to-peer file transfer is enabled for Skype for Business Online. Users can now send and receive files while in a chat session by clicking the paper clip in the chat message input box. They can also drag files directly from the Finder to the chat message input box.

    Chat window with file attached

Improvements

  • When a user receives an incoming call, the video preview and the video button for answering the call show up on the incoming ring panel.

  • A Skype for Business user who receives a call from a Delegate on behalf of a Delegator will now see the call is made on behalf of the Delegator.

  • When a user saves the ring device settings, the selection is saved after the application restarts.

  • Names in the Contacts list are sorted alphabetically by first name.

    Contacts list
  • Users are informed they have been rejected from joining a meeting when they try to join multiple times.

  • Fixed the error message that is shown when a user tries to create a contact group that already exists.

  • Fixed Exchange connection issues.

  • Fixed multidomain sign-in issues.

  • Implemented minor bug fixes.

  • Fixed crash issues.

Release date: March 28, 2017

Features added

  • Users can now add delegates to "My Delegates" group in contact group and set call routing preferences to delegates.

  • Delegates can see who has made them a delegate.

  • Delegates can make calls on behalf of a delegator.

    Note: Delegate/delegator features are currently available for Skype for Business Online customers only. More features to come.

  • Users can add a separate audio setting for a "ringing" device.

  • Users are prompted to switch to device when user plugs in USB device.

  • Added "Groups" button to the Contact Card and detailed Contact views, so users can quickly add other users to their contact list.

  • Users can call and send IMs to the DL and Groups via the Group Contact Card.

  • Messages are now separated by date.

  • Added support for option SIP URIs in chat window.

  • Admins can set the email and user name with user profiles.

  • Users will now occasionally be prompted to rate their call experience.

Improvements

  • Fixed a false warning about Conversation History availability when the computer resumes.

  • Fixed an issue about users not receiving an error message when trying to sign in to Skype for Business on Mac on a network that uses network proxy server without configuring the HTTP proxy setting.

  • Fixed various headset mute/unmute problems.

  • Fixed issues related to muting and connectivity.

  • Fixed issues with meetings created from Outlook and joining from Polycom and Skype Room Systems.

    Note: Existing meetings scheduled by Mac client on Skype Room Systems must be rescheduled for fixes to apply.

  • Users will be prompted to sign in to Exchange for meeting and calendar updates, if they are not already signed in to Exchange.

  • Improved screen sharing in 1:1 conversations.

  • Improved ending a call — some users could not end call when in the lobby.

  • Improvements to voice-over announcements and other accessibility improvements.

  • Changed the position of the message "Your microphone is muted" and call controls.

  • Implemented other UI improvements and bug fixes.

  • Fixed crash issues.

Known issues

For the complete list of known issues, see Known issues - Skype for Business on Mac.

Release date: February 7, 2017

Features added

  • Users can now share their desktops during peer-to-peer IM conversations.

    Note:   Peer-to-peer desktop sharing from Skype for Business 2016 on Windows client for on-premises Skype for Business Server 2015 users requires February Updates for Skype for Business Server 2015. Peer-to-peer desktop sharing from Skype for Business 2016 on Windows client for on-premises Lync Server 2013 users is not supported.

  • Certified support is now available for the following USB devices:

    • Polycom CX300

    • Jabra Speak 510

    • Jabra Evolve 65

    • Plantronics Blackwire C520-M

    • Logitech Webcam C930e

Improvements

  • Duplicated contacts and contact’s email are shown at same time when users search a contact. Now users will only see one contact by using the workaround of deleting the sign-in info:

    1. Log out of Skype for Business on Mac.

    2. Delete any sign-in info.

  • Fixed bugs related to desktop sharing and conference calling.

  • Implemented improvements to CPU performance when viewing shared screens over Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). 

  • Improved UI and notifications in the client   .

  • Fixed an issue where Microsoft Auto Update channels were being overwritten by the client. 

  • Fixed issue with users unable to transfer calls. 

  • Improved issues related to accessibility.

  • Fixed crash issues.

  • Implemented other bug fixes.

Known issues

New issues

Issue

Comment

Presence does not automatically update to “In Meeting” based on Outlook calendar

The automatic presence update based on Outlook calendar feature is not currently supported. This will be addressed in a future update for Skype for Business on Mac.

Can’t see desktop sharing in IM conversations

A Skype for Business on Mac user sometimes sees a blank screen when a Skype for Business on Windows user shares the desktop in an IM conversation (peer-to-peer or group IM).

Workaround: The Skype for Business on Windows user shares the program or window, or the Skype for Business on Mac user restarts the Skype for Business on Mac app.

Can't join Skype Room Systems meeting

Skype Room Systems cannot join a meeting scheduled by Skype for Business on Mac.

Workaround: Dial in to meeting or use Skype for Business on Windows client to schedule the meeting.

Complete list of known issues

See Known issues - Skype for Business on Mac.

Release date: December 20, 2016

Improvements

  • Fixed an issue for organizations that use a custom channel for the ChannelName preference in Microsoft AutoUpdate.

Release date: December 12, 2016

Features added

  • Video-based screen sharing (VBSS) viewing is available for Office 365. VBSS is technology that allows for a more efficient way of sharing content over the network as compared to RDP. Learn more.

  • Single window mode for Lync Server 2013 users. Skype for Business on Mac already offers a great experience to manage multiple conversations in a single window. Now that experience is extended to Mac clients that connect to Lync Server 2013, which was not supported prior to 16.2. In addition, if server-side conversation history was previously disabled, single window was not available either. This is now addressed unless your organization has disabled EnableAutoIMArchive explicitly. Also, messages can be auto-accepted if the Mac client is active, and IMs can be shown as missed messages.

    Single window:

    • Will not depend on SSCH. It will only depend on EnableIMAutoArchiving.

    • On when EnableIMAutoArchiving is enabled or not set.

    • Off when EnableIMAutoArchiving is disabled.

    Auto-accept:

    • Skype for Business on Mac will always auto accept IM if it is most active endpoint.

    • If SSCH is enabled, it will be accepted by the server. The conversation will persist in Exchange and display in the conversation list.

    • If SSCH is disabled or not set (for example, in Lync Server 2013), the client will accept IM and display in the conversation window, but will not save it to the "Conversation History" folder in Exchange.

      • If EnableIMAutoArchiving is enabled or not set:

        • Skype for Business on Mac will show the conversation locally and it will not roam.

        • When user closes the conversation window or restarts the client, the conversation will reappear in the conversation list.

        • If user does a clean installation of Skype for Business on Mac or logs on from another computer, there will be no history of previous conversation.

      • If EnableIMAutoArchiving is disabled:

        • When user closes the conversation window or restarts the client, the conversation will not be persisted or show up in the conversation list.

  • In audio calls, you can now add desktop sharing.

Note: Single window mode is already available for Office 365 and Skype for Business Server 2015 2015 users. However, if EnableIMAutoArchiving policy has been disabled by the admin, single window mode will not be available.

Improvements

  • Changed the default notification type to banners. Users can change their settings on the Notification Center (Skype for Business > Preferences > Notifications).

  • User experience during meetings and calls.

  • Group management

  • Client stability and other bug fixes.

Known issues

New issues

Issue

Comment

Search contacts limitation

There is a known limitation with Mac search where it will not show federated contacts and Skype consumer contacts; it can only show contacts in the local Active Directory.

Desktop viewing in Skype for Business on Windows client

While in a call, desktop viewing is currently not supported from Skype for Business 2016 on Windows on-premises users.

Workaround: Users can join a conference call or using "Meet Now."

Note: Skype for Business on Mac client is compatible with Office 365, Skype for Business Server 2015, and Lync Server 2013. Customers using Lync Server 2010 should continue to use Lync for Mac 2011 as their Mac client.

Complete list of known issues

See Known issues - Skype for Business on Mac.

Release date: November 22, 2016

Features added

Manage contact groups

  • Skype for Business Online and Skype for Business Server 2015 users can now add and remove contact groups and enterprise distribution groups to their contact list.

Tag contacts for status change alerts

  • Skype for Business Online, Skype for Business Server 2015, and Lync Server 2013 users can tag a contact so that they are alerted any time the status of the contact changes to online.

Improvements

Messaging

  • Improved sender experience in the case when a recipient is unable to respond to incoming messages.

  • Fixed chat notification issues — in some cases, new chat notifications were not marked because the client assumed the user read them already.

Meetings

  • Numerous fixes and reliability improvements so you get a more stable meeting experience.

General

  • Calendar syncing issues fixed so at start up meetings can be retrieved correctly.

  • Sign-in bug fixes — some account types were not able to sign in.

Known issues

New issues

Issue

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Single/tabbed window experience not available

By default, if your topology meets the following requirements, all conversations will be shown in a single/tabbed window. However, there are cases when the client can’t detect if server-side conversation history is enabled and it will not default to single window view. This can be remedied by updating settings under Preferences.

Requirements for single/tabbed window experience:

  • Skype for Business Online or Skype for Business Server 2015

  • Server-side conversation history enabled.

Troubleshooting if single window mode is not available, check the following:

  • Preferences > General > Show conversation in separate windows is unchecked.

E-911 with ADFS not supported

This is a known issue and will be addressed in a future update of Skype for Business Server 2015.

Menu to add/rename/delete contact group are disabled right after adding a new group

Workaround: Select any contact or group, and the menu will be re-enabled.

Expand/Collapse Group Chevron icon is out of sync with the list of contacts after minimize/maximize Skype for Business

Workaround: Click on the chevron to correct the icon.

Adding a distribution group that has more than 100 contacts will result to 100 contacts only

Workaround: To view the full member list of distribution group, use Outlook to expand the group.

Complete list of known issues

See Known issues - Skype for Business on Mac.

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