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Upgraded Microsoft Teams users can now join Skype for Business meetings via the SfB mobile apps as an authenticated user

Published 12/08/2018 - 0 Comments

An interesting subtle change in the upgrade process from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams. I think of it more as “transition” but we’ll stick with the Microsoft “upgrade” terminology to keep it simple.

Previously, when a user account was fully moved to Microsoft Teams, it was blocked from signing in to Skype for Business app on mobile. Meaning the user could join meetings from mobile devices as a guest (i.e. unauthenticated user). With version 6.21  iOS and android SfB Mobile apps, even as a full Teams user you can now sign in to the SfB mobile apps, which means you can join meeting authenticated and see your calendar/upcoming meetings with the single click join.

Users will still not be able to use the SfB app for IM or calling as the user it set to Teams for those modalities.

Here is an example of my account which is set to full Microsoft Teams mode. Interestingly meet now is not disabled which is a little odd.

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Thanks to Phillip Garding for the confirmation here https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Skype-for-Business-Blog/July-Releases-of-Skype-for-Business-apps/ba-p/224207

Other updates in the latest SfB Mobile apps:

Skype for Business for iOS

Version 6.21 of the iOS app was released to the App Store on July 20.  This update includes the following improvements:

  • Quickly re-join meetings on cellular network when Wi-Fi is lost
  • Add button to re-join dropped VoIP call by dialling in from mobile number
  • Allow users upgraded to Teams to sign in to get the full Skype for Business meeting experience
  • Fix to allow starting video in a call from certain Polycom devices
  • Fix to allow user upgraded to Teams from joining Skype for Business meetings
  • Update text and link to the privacy statement

Skype for Business for Android

Version 6.21 of the Android app was released to the Play Store on July 10.  The update includes the following improvements:

  • Allow users upgraded to Teams to sign in to get the full Skype for Business meeting experience
  • Updated Google SDK to optimize for security and performance
  • Fix for users in Germany to sign in
  • Fix the layout of the Participants list of a meeting
  • Fix to show Meeting Join Audio Options dialog box before joining a meeting
  • Fix ability to add and remove a contact using the contact card
  • Fixes for app crashes
  • Update text and link to the privacy statement
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.

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