Skype for Business Server June 2016 CU3: Busy on Busy, Video Based Screen Sharing, Offline IM and Multiple Emergency Number Features
Just a quick one to let everyone know Skype for Business Server June 2016 Cumulative Update (CU3), has just dropped.
It has a couple of documented fixes, but also adds the following features:
- Video Based Screen Sharing
- Multiple Emergency Number
- Busy Options (Busy on Busy and Voicemail on Busy)
Video Based Screen Sharing
Traditionally Skype for Business (and Lync) uses Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) to screen share, this gives easy remote control but can be more bandwidth intensive than using a video codec. For some time the 16.x Skype for Business clients have supported the option of using video encoding for screen sharing, and more recently this was added to Skype for Business Online. CU3 adds this ability to Skype for Business Server, including conferencing. VBSS will use less bandwidth and give higher frame rates for screen sharing. RDP is still used where remote control is required.
Jeff has a great write up on it here: http://blog.schertz.name/2015/10/video-based-screen-sharing-in-skype-for-business/
Official KB, which doesn’t really have any information: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3170163
Multiple Emergency Number
Skype for Business Server now supports the configuration of multiple emergency numbers for a client. Multiple emergency numbers is a new feature introduced in the June 2016 Cumulative Update. While the United States has a single emergency number, 911, many countries support multiple emergency numbers.
The United Kingdom, for example, supports both 999, the emergency number for the United Kingdom, and 112, the emergency number for the European Union. This feature is also useful for healthcare providers within the United States who want to have roaming support for multiple code blue emergency numbers.
Busy Options (Busy on Busy and Voicemail on Busy)
We’ve been waiting on this one for some time, and there have been a few third party options, but it looks like we now have a true native option for Busy on Busy and Voicemail on Busy. Personally, I’ve never really understood the demand for this feature, knowing there is a second call incoming and who it is is really useful, but there is a demand, and here it is.
Busy Options is a new voice policy in Microsoft Skype for Business Server 2015. This feature makes it possible to reject and send a busy signal to new incoming calls or to send the call to voicemail if the person who is being called is already in a call or conference, or has a call on hold.
If the Busy Options voice policy is enabled for the organization, the following options can be set for all users at the enterprise (both Business Voice and non-Business Voice):
- Busy on Busy: New incoming calls are rejected and sent a busy signal when the user is busy.
- Voicemail on Busy: New incoming calls are forwarded to voicemail when the user is busy.
When one of these options is set, the Busy Options setting is in effect for all the user’s Skype for Business endpoints. For example, a call that’s rejected and sent a busy signal or that’s sent to voice mail by Busy Options doesn’t ring on any of the Macintosh, Windows Desktop, Mobile Clients, or IP telephones (VOIP) that the user is signed into
Offline IM is a client side feature built into Skype for Business client (2016 C2R build 16.0.6701.1000 or higher) that leverages Exchange Web Services (EWS) to send messages from the Skype for Business client to a user’s Exchange mailbox. Offline IM uses Exchange Web Services (EWS) to send Offline messages from the Skype for Business client to the mailbox of recipient. EWS must be available to the Skype for Business client for Offline messages to be sent. To learn more about planning for instant messaging and presence, see Plan for instant messaging and presence in Skype for Business Server 2015.