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The Next Generation of Skype for Business for Mac Clients Has Arrived

The Next Generation of Skype for Business for Mac Clients Has Arrived

The next generation of Skype for Business for Mac has arrived. Here’s everything you need to know to get up and running and realize instant gains in productivity, security, and communication efficiency.

Skype for Business on Mac gives users the same powerful features Windows users are currently experiencing. Mac users can utilize HD audio and video conferencing with up to 250 people, conduct polls, schedule meetings, and use online versions of Office 365 applications.

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Lync Server Users Are Welcome

The new client will work with both Skype for Business Online, Skype for Business 2015 and Lync 2013. 

Anonymous Joining Through the Skype for Business Web App

As a meeting organizer, you can invite anyone who can connect to the Skype for Business web application. Attendees can join anonymously regardless of operating system.

System Requirements

Skype for Business on Mac clients requires OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)  or OS X 10.12 (Sierra). In order to take advantage of Outlook integration, Mac build 15.27 is required. Skype for Business supports the new Skype for Business Server 2015 or existing Lync Server 2013. Schedules, contacts, and meetings in Lync 2013 will all carry over to Skype for Business.

Download Skype for Business today. If you are ready to move to Skype for Business Online or looking to upgrade on premises, Interlink can help. Contact us.  

Aaron Seals

New Skype Teams Application Promises to Pick Up the Slack!

New Skype Teams Application Promises to Pick Up the Slack!

Microsoft is reportedly going one-on-one with Slack...

and the outcome is looking promising for both dedicated Slack and Microsoft users.

With Slack recently announcing the addition of video and voice chat to its team messaging and content management platform, Microsoft appears to already have put in motion the development of a new messaging application, Skype Teams.

Microsoft plans to use the existing features of Skype for Business to provide additional value for large and small teams, newsrooms, and other organizations that need the ability to communicate efficiently and share files. Migrating Slack users will be able to harness the existing powerful features of Skype along with the new channel messaging functionality Skype Teams will offer.


According to MSPowerUser, Skype Teams will include all of the tools Slack users are familiar with, including:

  • Dedicated team channels
  • Private messaging groups
  • Cross channel and private channel file sharing


However, the real value added by Skype Teams is how Microsoft plans to build on top of the existing Skype platform. One of the coolest new potential features is the addition of Threaded Conversations. With the simple click of a “reply” button, Skype Teams users will be able to respond to a conversation. Slack currently does not offer this to its user base.

Users will also be able to start voice and video chats within shared and private channels.

In May, Microsoft released an overhauled, mobile-friendly version of its existing content and document management platform, SharePoint. Microsoft SharePoint offers individuals, teams, and organizations the same content management tools as Slack.

Though Microsoft has not officially announced Skype Teams as part of its Microsoft Office services suite, if rumors are true, the additions to the already widely used Skype will be welcomed by those seeking a more functional group communications platform.

Skype Teams is shaping up to be a messaging app that makes content management and organizational collaboration a more efficient process than competitors offer. And as always, expect seamless integration with other Microsoft Office apps.


Want to learn more?

We can help you figure out which collaboration tools you should use when! We may also have more information that we can share, but only if you have a Microsoft Non-disclosure Agreement in place. 

Contact Interlink to learn more about Skype Teams.  

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ON-DEMAND WEBINAR | Understanding Skype for Business – A Deep Dive into Voice in the Cloud

ON-DEMAND WEBINAR | Understanding Skype for Business – A Deep Dive into Voice in the Cloud

On-Demand Webinar & Slides

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The all-new Skype Voice is more than just video calls and IMs…

From improved online meeting experiences to global scale PTSN conferencing and live multi-region meeting broadcasts, Microsoft has launched an affordable, complete meeting and call management solution - Skype for Business Voice.

With recent updates and forecasted functionality releases, there are many questions around what solution features are ready and which ones are still coming.

In this on-demand event, Microsoft and Microsoft Cloud Consumption Partner of the Year, Interlink Cloud Advisors, helps answer your questions and gives you a full overview of Voice in the Cloud, including:

  • Functionality and roadmaps of what is coming
  • Deployment options and scenarios
  • Hybrid deployment options - use existing telephony connections
  • Introduction into online meetings
  • New video conferencing hardware available
  • Meeting broadcast capabilities
  • Mobile functionality

Live Demo Includes:

Skype Voice - management console, mobile clients, video conferencing


PRESENTER

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Aaron Seals

Aaron is a Microsoft certified Skype Voice Consultant and has lead the implementation of Skype Projects for customers in a wide range of industries and geographic scenarios.

 

Aaron Seals

Affordable High Quality Video Conferencing

Affordable High Quality Video Conferencing

Polycom RealPresence Trio - package MSRP is $2300


Through experience we know that users want top quality audio first with simple operation. The Polycom RealPresence Trio combines the clarity of the Polycom conference room phone with a simpler operating screen where users can join with one click and no laptop required. 

The package includes a speakerphone, camera, and a Visual+ box for connecting to an external monitor over HDMI. With the implementation of a 5-inch color touch screen and intuitive navigation the Trio creates a simple system which means quick starts for every meeting and minimal training requirements.

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Polycom RealPresence Trio isn’t just simple for users, but it is also quick to deploy and easy to manage for administrators. With strong features such as Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) and zero-touch deployment it easily connects as a phone and can integrate directly with your call control platform. With ease of use and deployment in mind the Trio brings native integration with Skype for Business, Microsoft Lync 2013, and support for all the major SIP platforms to ensure that deployment is simple and future-proof. With the future built in mind the underlying software platform allows for future application expansion making the Trio an investment that continues to become better over time.

Stand-out Features:

  • Clear and rich audio experience powered by new, patented technologies such as Enhanced HD voice and NoiseBlock
  • Visual collaboration capabilities with HD content sharing and the option for real-time video interaction
  • Wired or Wireless pairing with portable devices (BYOD)
  • “One touch join” meeting ability resulting in a speedy connection
  • Affordably priced for mass adoption across every meeting space
  • Ability to extend audio coverage with expansion mics

Interlink can help guide you through how the Polycom RealPresence Trio can fit into your workplace environment. 

Contact us for more information.

Sarah Bunt

On-Demand Webinar: Office 365 - Amazing New Features You've Never Seen

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On-Demand

Stay up to date on Office 365's new features and functionality.

Office 365 is constantly being updated and improved. The platform’s productivity tools have proven their ability to better connect teams and simplify collaboration in the workplace. Yet, many companies are not taking advantage of all the functionality O365 has to offer – mostly because they don’t know they exist. 

In this on-demand event, Microsoft and Microsoft Cloud Consumption Partner of the Year, Interlink Cloud Advisors will show you just how to move beyond the basics of Office 365 and extend the value to your business. Both existing Office 365 and new 365 clients will benefit from this event.   

In this free interactive session, Interlink will reveal you how to get the most out of Office 365 through product overviews and live demos. You’ll also get the low down on the new E5 licensing options and Microsoft funding that is available to your company. 

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Matt Scherocman - Microsoft VTSP and #1 in the world at helping clients with Microsoft funding – will demo and explain the new features and functionality of Office 365.

Live Demos Include: 
Office 2016, Sway, Delve, Skype for Business, Office Groups, and Admin Portal

You can expect to learn about:

  • New E5 Licensing: Your options
  • Office 2016: New features
  • OneDrive Updates: Improved sync & mobile clients
  • Sway: Quickly present mobile & web friendly data
  • Delve: Unleash the power of proactive search
  • Skype for Business: New options for conferencing & telephony
  • Groups: A new level of collaboration
  • Admin Enhancements: Plus more 

If you think Office 365 was good before, you’re really going to love it now.  

Register today if you want to find out how to get the most out of Microsoft’s Office 365 for your organization.

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