Tip o’ the Week 450 – blur: team life?

Teams is coming – it’s going to Skype for Business Online – which we know – though the Skype for Business server will still be there for on-prem use. Teams works arguably better in a purely online scenario, since Skype for Business has its roots in a different era, where infrastructure was nearby and closely…


Tip o’ the Week 392 – distract with GIFs

We’re all used to file formats being associated with programs and the data they work with. Some, like .TXT, have been around for so long and are so cross-platform, they transcend association with any one application, whereas .PPT will always be PowerPoint – though that app has gained notoriety in such phrases as “Death by…


Tip o’ the Week 391 – Smile, control your emoticons

“Smileys” have been around in one form or another for a surprisingly long time. The use of the original 🙂 smiley goes back 35 years, but written symbolism to convey emotion goes back to the 17th century, maybe even in the days of Lincoln. In modern times, the smiley has evolved; after the grinning yellow…


Tip o’ the Week 352 – Skype for Business Custom Presence

Everyone who has used Skype for Business/Lync/OCS/LCS etc will be familiar with the power you get from having presence: seeing who is available, what they’re doing (to a degree) and the contextual knowledge of whether they are contactable; all very valuable. Many years back, OCS added the capability to present different custom states too –…


Tip o’ the Week 326 – Skype for Business, meet Skype consumer

Power Skypers will probably know this week’s tip already, but it’s a fair bet that it’ll be news to others, even though it’s been possible since Lync gave way to Skype for Business (and was available in a slightly different form prior to that). Put simply, Skype for Business has the ability to communicate with…


Tip o' the Week 307 – Skype Meeting Broadcasting

It’s been a busy time for the Skype team at Microsoft. At the Convergence EMEA conference, it was recently announced that Office365 had a new SKU: Office365 Enterprise E5. There are a few headline new things in the E5 package – but for Skype users, maybe the most significant are the Cloud PBX and PSTN…


Tip o’ the Week #278 – Skype for Business UI tips

Skype for Business has rolled out across a good number of customers and it’s, generally-speaking, a great UI update compared to Lync. The clients’ histories were covered a few weeks ago, if you’re interested… But there are a few differences that could catch people out. If you join a conference call, for example, it’s possible…

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