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Looks Like #Skype4B Mobile Is Getting UI Refresh As Well

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via @novoaGO

While we haven’t heard much about Skype for Business mobile UI it would be expected that the UI will get refreshed as well. @NovoaGO has posted a picture of an updated Lync/Skype for Business mobile app with what appears to be a new UI.

Q&A

Q-When will the Skype for Business mobile client update be released?
A-“Skype for Business mobile application will available…in the coming months” (redmondmag.com) click here

Note: We have not seen this update on our Windows Phone or Android devices…yet.

Lync 2013/Skype for Business Client User Interface Changes

The process of moving from the Lync to Skype for Business look (see it here) is taking a big step April 15, 2015. The cumulative update for the Lync 2013 client will include the new Skype for Business (Skype4B) client user interface.

What will happen if my users are updated to latest cumulative update of Lync 2013 client?

If you have Lync Server 2013 or Lync Server 2010 and get the new Lync cumulative update on April 15, 2015 the users will keep the Lync 2013 user interface. (But do note: after the Lync client updates your users will see the new Skype for Business (Skype4B) user interface, but will be prompted [see below] to restart their client so they get the Lync 2013 user interface again)

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How can we avoid the need for users to restart the Lync 2013/Skype4B client to get the Lync 2013 user interface?

To make it so that the client starts in Lync 2013 user interface mode on first run after the update, you need to have the below registry key in place before the update:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\Lync]

  • Value name: EnableSkypeUI
  • Value data: 00 00 00 00

 

What WILL change, no matter what we do when we get the Lync 2013 CU on April 15, 2015?

  • The Lync/Skype4B sounds will change to new Skype for Business sounds
  • Outlook “New Lync Meeting” will change to Skype branding and say “New Skype Meeting”
  • Lync/Skype4B client Application/taskbar icon will be the new Skype for Business icon

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What if we want to immediately turn the Skype4B client User interface on?

If you want to turn on the Skype4B user interface when the Lync/Skype4B client update comes out you need to:

  • Have the December 2014 Lync Server 2013 Cumulative Update Installed (or February 2015 CU
  • run Set-CsClientPolicy –EnableSkypeUI $true


More Reading…

This is a short and sweet version, but if you want the longer version that covers more scenarios and details, please jump over to Tom Arbuthnot’s excellent and detailed article: click here

https://technet.microsoft.com/library/dn954919.aspx

Skype for Business Readiness Download:
http://windowspbx.blogspot.com/2015/04/lync-2013skype-for-business-client-user.html

Review of snom D7 Expansion Module for 7xx Series Phones (Skype for Business/Lync)

snom has released the D7 expansion module which is compatible with Skype for Business & Lync.

Quick overview:

  • 18 Buttons with color presence
  • Backlit Mono display for Contact Names
  • Colors are clearly Red, Green & Yellow
  • USB pairing means very simple pairing process
  • Daisy chain up to 3 D7’s for total of 54 buttons
  • coming Aaailability in grey and black
    • my D7 is black color (whereas older 7xx are grey)

Cons

  • Does not display the Skype4B/Lync presence text (“In a Call”, “In a Meeting”  etc)

Video Review of snom D7 Expansion Module

Color presence buttons and mono backlit display

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The D7 doesn’t physically latch to 7xx phone (at this time, a latch is coming see below), it just sets beside it.

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D7 beside snom 7xx

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Back view: Non replaceable USB cord, USB plug and power plug. (the power cord is only used on the middle of 3 snom D7

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documentation indicates 2 colors (grey & black) click here

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Summary

The snom D7 is very easy to pair with a snom 7xx phone, just plug the standard USB into the host snom 7xx phone. Performance seems very snappy.

https://www.snom.com/en/products/snom-accessories/d7-expansion-module/

http://downloads.snom.net/documentation/data_D7_en.pdf

Review of Logitech G105 Keyboard as Skype for Business or Lync UC Call Control Keyboard


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Wish You Had Dedicated Keys for UC Call Control? Logitech G105 Can Help

If you or your users handle calls all day long and rely on a headset alone, dedicated buttons for control could increase efficiency. The Logitech G105 keyboard brings 6 dedicated keys (x3 memory) that can be utilized for call control. Since not all the Skype for Business/Lync shortcut keys are global (which means the user would need to verify the correct window has the focus before pressing a button and that doesn’t seem to be a solid solution to me) we combine the free Call Monitor Pro with Skype for Business/Lync with the G105 to bring dedicated call control keys to Skype for Business/Lync. For attendant console users we also demo the G105 with Attendant Pro for Lync & Skype for Business.

See G105 + Skype for Business Setup in Action

G105 working with Skype4B


How to Configure

The simple overview of the setup: #1-assign the G105 keys to some keyboard key combination using the “Logitech gaming software”. #2-assign the G-keys to Call Monitor Pro or Attendant Pro #3-Done.

A simple way to make the G1..G6 keys useable in Call Monitor Pro/Attendant Pro is to assign them to ctrl+number keys corresponding to the G key number. G1 = crtl+1 for example. Use the “Logitech Gaming Software” to setup application to do this.

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Now switch to Call Monitor Pro or Attendant Pro and open Options | Shortcut Keys and assign G1 thru G6 to call control functions functions of your choice. That’s it! Now you have keys that can control Skype for Business calls anywhere in Windows.

Summary

Having dedicated keys for call controls increases efficiency of all users and especially those who are handling calls regularly. It also adds a level of convenience & proficiency to users who may be used to a desk phone. The keyboard is affordable at $40-60 street price and since it is designed for gaming, very responsive.

As an enterprise solution rolling out key assignments to the Logitech keyboards would be essential and I haven’t inquired if this is possible.

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[free] Call Monitor Pro for Lync & Skype for Business: bit.ly/callmonitorpro
[free trial] Attendant Pro for Lync & Skype for Business: http://landiscomputer.com/attendantpro

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7MFF_M6RWI
http://support.logitech.com/product/uc-keyboard-k725c

Review Embrava BlyncLight: Adds Ringer, Standard USB & More Colors

The Embrava BlyncLight is a new version of the BlyncLight that adds some nice improvements:

  • Ringer
  • More colors
  • standard mini usb plug
  • Better quality physical design

A quick look at the BlyncLight

Speaker and bottom view:

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Standard mini usb (replaceable USB cord)

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Colors

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Installing the Embrava BlyncLight tray application. Setup is very straightforward.

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To configure Blync you just select what you want to happen on an activity.

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Colors

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There is also Flash: High, Medium, Low  & No flash.

Brightness: Full & Dim.

Comparison of 2nd Gen Embrava BlyncLight and 1st Gen Blync

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bottom (new embrava much more stable)

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USB

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Summary

The Embrava BlyncLight is a nice upgrade and the addition of the speaker/ringer makes the BlyncLight even more useful and productivity enhancing.