Skype for Business Server 2015 Poised to Address 35% of Top 20 Community Requests at


7 out of the top 20 community requested improvements appear set to be addressed by the Skype for Business Server 2015 release.

Rank Vote Description    
1 164 Better Response Groups   Yes, partial
2 128 Convert sefautil.exe to standard shell cmdlets    
3 127 Request to take control (for helpdesk)    
4 123 ability to save a contact's number along with pauses and DTMF    
5 119 Bring back the pre-SP1 emoticons    
6 100 Ability to manage Hotkeys    
7 97 Rule based call forwarding    
8 93 REAL single PIN for Lync and Exchange    
9 89 Forwarding on busy    
10 73 Lync client for Mac improvements   Promised
11 73 Remove steps from the Lync 2013 Client call transfer process   Yes, partial
12 70 Admin level ability to disable Hide My Picture in Lync Client    
13 68 Response Group Delay   Maybe
14 59 Busy on busy    
15 58 Change status to Off-Work based on working hours    
16 55 Expansion of Emoticons    
17 50 Push IMs To All Clients   Yes
18 49 Lync Phone Edition should support DHCP timezone    
19 48 Revamp the Desktop Sharing engine   Yes
20 47 Raise hand feature in conferences    

1 Better Response Groups – Scalability improvements are known at this time.

10 Lync client for Mac improvements – Microsoft has promised to address this and in the mean time some improvements

11 Remove steps from the Lync 2013 Client call transfer process – From screenshots and demonstrations it looks like one click/hover was removed, so improved some!

13 Response Group Delay – Will scalability/performance improvements help with this? No guarantee

17 Push IMs To All Clients – Looks to be addressed in mobile client.

19 Revamp the Desktop Sharing engine – “10 times less bandwidth utilization than Lync 2013 RTM”

First Sighting: Microsoft Surface Hub 84” 4K Whiteboard Running Skype for Business



The Surface Hub for group collaboration: White boarding with OneNote and Meetings with Skype for Business and a large screen app platform.

  • Windows 10 based device
  • 84” and 55” sizes
  • 4K
  • Inking
  • Ink Back
  • Microphones
  • Dual Cameras
  • Stereo Speakers
  • Built in PC
  • Bluetooth/NFC
  • wide array of "advanced sensors”
  • (it appears hardware by Perceptive Pixel)
  • Ability to present from a second tablet sized Surface via wireless adapter
  • Can run other apps
  • Support Skype for Business (aka Lync) (source: click here)
  • No Price Mentioned
    • Forrester: "We expect Surface Hub to cost more than Lync Room System" click here

Some significant items Hyat the presenter noted:

  • “1 cable to get started”
  • “When I picked up the pen, the whiteboard automatically launched…”
  • What you are seeing on the screen is Skype for Business designed for the large screen…”
    • “It is taking full advantage…of the dual cameras…”
Surface Hub Video (from Windows 10 Live Event)
Some Pictures

Skype for Business designed for the large screenimage

Skype for Business One-Click Meeting Launch (next meeting is the blue panel) image

Share Content with 1 click (or end meeting and save content with one click)image


Microsoft Marketing Video


More articles:

Livestream Video about SurfaceHub (starts at 1:29)

Marketing Video

What’s New in Skype for Business Server: New Features List


This blog will summarize the new features in Skype for Business Server 2015 (formerly known as Lync Server 2013). The goal for this blog is to be a brief way to see “What’s New & Improved”.

  • New Desktop Client Experience (very detailed blog
  • In-Place Upgrade
  • SQL Always On support
  • New in Meetings
    • P2P screen sharing performance fixes: Reduce bandwidth utilization by 10x compared to Lync 2013
    • Lync Room System to get updates
    • test
  • VIS - Video Interop Server (new server role)
  • Manageability Improvements
    • Windows Fabric v2 responsible for Failover mgmt., Pri/2nd node election, Replication between Pri/2nd nodes
    • Start a pool with single cmdlet: Start-CsPool
    • Simplified Patching Process
  • Server Core Updates to Improve Reliability
    • Conferencing reliability
    • Chat and presence reliability
  • New Voice Features
    • Call via Work
    • SILK available as a codec 
    • RGS Scalability Improvements
      • Agent Group 800; IVR Group 400; Agents per pool 2,400
    • Call Quality Dashboard (CQD) (new server role)
  • Mobility Improvements
    • Full history of IM across all endpoint
  • Skype4B to Skype Federation Improvements (Phase2)
    • Skype username search
  • New Development Platform: UCAP
Key Pictures

In-place upgradeimage

Simplified Patchingimage

Call Quality Dashboard (CQD)image

“Call Via Work” User Configurationimage



Skype for Business Updates from Office 365 Summit (Mexico)

NOTE: This post will be updated as we go.

We will report on new items that we notice in this blog post as they become available.

What’s New in Skype for Business Server?


  • New Desktop Client Experience (details
  • In-Place Upgrade
  • SQL Always On support
  • New Meeting Features
    • “…major features coming to Skype for Business meetings …”
  • Video Interop Server investments
  • Management of Server Pools Streamlined
  • Simplified Patching Process
  • Server Core Updates to Improve Reliability
  • New Voice Features
    • (Several unmentioned features)
    • Call via Work
  • Skype4B to Skype Federation Improvements (Phase2)
    • Skype username search


Dynamics CRM 2015 Brings Native Skype4B/Lync Integration (source: click here)
  • Click to Dial
  • A new phone call activity is created


Screenshots Out of Office 365 Summit

Some screen shots of the first public presentation on Skype for Business from Office 365 Summit (Mexico)

Multiparty videoimage

via @daburo_tech

IM window with some new elements not on previously released screenshotsimage

via @daburo_tech

Contact search via @alexloam


The Office 365 Summit sessions will be available later here:

Skype for Business Readiness Series (future)

Yealink Adds Lync Compatibility


Back in May 2012 we reported that Yealink apparently has intentions of bringing a Lync capable device to market, but at that time a company official noted “It will take time”. Well, it looks like 2 years later they are making good on their promise and Greig Sheridan has done an excellent review of the Yealink T48G.

It appears that Yealink is writing their own Lync/Skype for Business firmware and is not taking the tack of Grandstream, who for their GXV3275 is using the Android Lync client. Also, according to Greig’s article Yealink is providing Lync/Skype4B firmware for two models:

  • T48G
  • T22

Below, Yealink T48G Lync firmware (courtesy


It appears that increasingly a requirement for IP phones is that they have Lync/Skype for Business compatibility. At this time there is no entry on the official Microsoft 3PIP page for Yealink IP phone models.

Review of Yealink T48G:

Review of Grandstream GXV3275

2012 Lync Yealink Press Release