Emoticons Are No Joke: Skype4B to Address Lync 2013 Emoticon Change

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Emoticons are no joke, not even in the Enterprise! Microsoft Lync 2013 got an emoticon refresh that quickly led to “Bring Back the Emoticons!” “campaign”. In no time “Bring back pre-SP1 Emoticons” was among the top 10 items requested on

According to @flinchbot, Microsoft is communicating via the Infopedia EvenBuilder presentations that emoticons will be addressed in Skype for Business client. According to @flinchbot:

  • many of the complaints about the Lync 2013 client should be addressed in Skype4B client
  • Optionally animated
  • Some Lync specific emoticons have been removed (gtr)
  • Lync 2013 to get new emoticons as well (according to @tomorgan)
  • Emoticons that will be available by @MKressmark click here

The complete list of Skype (Skype4C) emoticons is available here.

What this all seems to indicate is that emoticons are much more serious than I previously thought.

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Coming Community App: Every Skype4B Lync User a Bit More Productive


Our team at Landis Computer Technology Solutions is passionate about UC user efficiency and productivity and is on a countdown to release a new community (that means free!) application for Lync and Skype for Business to make every user a bit more productive.

Currently Released Details (more details coming between now and March 5)

  • Free, community application that will be available on Microsoft TechNet Gallery
  • Release target date of March 5, 2015
  • Feature Hint: Will add another YES to the chart in this picture click here
  • More details coming…

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Some Observations on Skype Translator Preview: Impressive Translation, But Don’t Miss Transcription

There are other Skype Translator reviews (Mashable, etc) but I’ll just point out some things I noticed from my perspective that might be interesting to my audience.

  • Only Skype (Skype4C) contacts can be enabled for “Write” and “Speak” translation (in the Preview at least). (sorry, no Lync/Skype4B)
  • You enable translation by going to the Skype contact card and designating the “Write” and “Speak” languages of the contact. (Skype doesn’t auto-detect language)
    • currently the Preview only supports Spanish <-> English translation
    • English <-> English transcription (transcription in the IM pane)
  • “Speak” on has Spanish at this time; “Write” has many common languages. (~40?)
  • With “Speak” translation, you hear the actual voice of the other Skype user, then in a moment the translation. (also, there is a text based transcript in the IM panel)
    • You can start talking before the translation is done
    • I’ve noticed other people say this as well, but it’s hard to not think “United Nations”
  • You can also set the language to English on both sides and get a Transcript!
    • in my tests it is VERY accurate
    • Talking on top of each other does not cause a problem.
  • You can download a transcript if Skype did actual translation between languages, you only see the “transcript” in the IM panel if there is no translation (my experience)

Some Screen Shots

You designate a Skype contact’s written and spoken language in the Skype contact card. Only works with Skype contacts.


Set your own Translation settings, including what you sound like


The logo


English to English Transcript (full screen)


Just English transcript


Notice at the beginning of a Translation or Transcription call Skype speaks the below notice:


A little technical help from Skype


Downloadable HTML transcript


First Sighting: Logitech ConferenceCam Connect Optimized for Lync/Skype for Business


Logitech ConferenceCam Connect is a new Lync Qualified (Skype for Business) device with unique cylindrical shape which is 12” high and 27 ounces.

Some unique characteristics of this desktop device

  • Internal Battery (or wall power)
  • 360* sound within 12-foot diameter
  • 90* field of view video cam
  • Tilt-Pan-Zoom/ 4x digital zoom
  • wireless connectin via Miracast
  • NFC for easy paring

Other specs noted

  • 1080p
  • HDMI video-out port
  • Works with most apps
  • Available March 2015

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3 modes: Video conferencing, BlueTooth, Miracast screen mirroring.image

1080p, 4x digital zoom Carl Zeiss. image

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HDMI Connector for screen mirroringimage


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Logitech Announcement:

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”