Skype Broadcast Meetings–Now Allows External Team Members to Join

Skype Broadcast Meetings seems to have had a quiet update recently. This may be already common knowledge, but I have only just discovered it. Historically we couldn’t add external team members to a broadcast meeting. By this I mean being able to delegate the presenter / producer role function to users from SIP domains not… Read More

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Skype for Business Online CloudPBX–Calling Plans and Consumption Billing Explained

I must admit, I thought this topic was well understood, but it seems I am having the same conversations over and over, so possibly worth a blog post. First up if anyone has done this already, I apologise, I did Bingle first, and your page did not show on Page 1, I didn’t check page… Read More

Skype for Business – Snooper and SIP Deep Dive Refresher

This blog is mainly for myself but it may serve anyone who needs a refresher or who is beginning to enter the world of SIP and Skype for Business. Coming from a traditional Microsoft background, when I started with Lync I had no conception of voice, or SIP and spent the best part of my… Read More

Skype for Business DDI Number Management using SharePoint Online [BETA]

This year I set myself a little project to see if I could use some of the tools and platforms provided in Office 365 to create something mildly useful. I wanted to start with something basic and achievable without having to spend months and months of trial and error experiments and thought that Phone Number… Read More

Skype for Business Conference and “Mute Off” with Plantronics (and others) Headsets

I was browsing the Microsoft Tech Community last night and came across a post by a user saying “Is it possible to stop Skype from announcing Mute Off in meetings” as it was causing them to miss conversations or a chance to interject. This behaviour is not native Lync / Skype for Business. When you… Read More

Microsoft Teams is nothing new and Skype for Business or is it Skype? Understanding the message

At first glance you may be thinking that this post is going to be a scathing review of Microsoft technology. Well sadly for you, its not. The title is simply to grab your attention and at least make you read up to about here…. right?!? In all seriousness, this is a contentious topic of which… Read More

Porting Numbers to Cloud PBX–What the blogs don’t say

There are many good blogs out there that detail how to port numbers to Cloud PBX, Microsoft pretty much have it organised in this article https://support.office.com/en-gb/article/Transfer-phone-numbers-to-Skype-for-Business-Online-47b3af8e-4171-4dec-8333-c956f108664e. However, if porting numbers is a new thing to you, there are some things you need to know when transferring your customer numbers to Cloud PBX.

Skype for Business to Office 365 Federation Issue

A customer I was working with who has an existing on-premises Lync deployment had trouble federating with with certain partner domains. After investigating the issue it was determined that the problem partner domains where using Skype for Business Online. The symptoms where that the users in the partner domain where able to see my customer’s… Read More

Skype for Business–Survivable Branch Appliance or Cloud PBX?

Skype for Business Server has been out in the general market for 14 months so far. However, one particular role seems to be dragging it’s heals towards release, and that is the Skype for Business Survivable Branch Appliance. If you are considering an SBA, then the likes of Sonus and Audiocodes have an SBA product.… Read More

Skype Broadcast Meetings–A Preview–Q&A & On Demand Playback

Whilst preparing for the next Skype Show I was exploring if anything had changed on my tenant in light of the announcements made at Enterprise Connect back in April. For those who follow the Skype Show (www.theskypeshow.com) you will know I use Skype Broadcast Meetings as the main technology for these shows. So the announcements… Read More