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Improved Skype for Business Web Join Experience- SkypeMeetingsApp.msi

Published 05/05/2017 - 7 Comments

Looks like this is now rolled out to Skype for Business Online. A much prettier experience. Before you ask still no WebRTC/plugin-less join, we’re seeing WebRTC/ORTC progress on the Skype consumer side, hopefully, this makes it’s way to Skype for Business soon.

Update 18/10/2017: We heard at Microsoft Ignite 2017 that WebRTC/plugin-less meeting join is coming to Microsoft Teams but unlikely to come to Skype for Business, check out tom.qa/MicrosoftTeamsRoadmapBlog for more

This is now the experience when you click a link for a Skype for Business meeting and don’t have the full client (i.e. a guest on a PC without SfB) or just choose to join via the Web app.

The new web client also support VBSS (Video Based Screen Sharing)

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1 click install, then the installer disappears

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Help link: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Skype-Meetings-help-d348beae-4a2b-465e-a3d1-f1a3ef16f26a?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US&fromAR=1

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Tom Arbuthnot

Tom Arbuthnot

Principal Solutions Architect at Modality Systems
Tom Arbuthnot is Principal Solutions Architect at Unified Communications specialist Modality Systems. He is a Microsoft Certified Master and MVP, blogger, has a regular podcast with UCToday at tomtalks.show and is a regular speaker at events including Microsoft TechEd and Ignite. He co-runs The Microsoft UC User Group London.

7 comments

Richard - 05/05/2017 Reply

How is this different from the onprem meeting join experience over web?

    Tom Arbuthnot - 12/07/2017 Reply

    It’s an improvement of that experience, it was different before this

shawn - 06/05/2017 Reply

Whens this ‘experience’ coming to onprem Tom?

    Richard - 07/05/2017 Reply

    Dont bother waiting for reply, this blog is in write-only mode since forever (thats not the 1st, or even 2nd time commenters are totally ignored here; being rather active on twitter by the way), wonder why comments are enabled though…?!

      Tom Arbuthnot - 12/07/2017 Reply

      I do struggle to reply to every comment, I have a day job and a family and do this in my spare time, but do my best to reply when I can :-)

      A good place for community questions it tech community. Lots of people there: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/

      Is there a specific question of yours I missed Richard?

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Dave - 13/11/2017 Reply

Is there a way to test this without changing the entire infrastructure over to use CDN? Specifically, can I manually download and install the new plugin and use something in the URL (similar to ?sl=) to fire it?

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