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Skype for Business on Mac February Update (16.15) Released

Skype for Business on Mac marches on with our February monthly update, version 16.15!  We've been working hard on fixing bugs and improving meeting join reliability, so everyone will notice changes with this update, including:

 

Improved meeting join experience

The January update increased the speed of joining meetings, but we smoothed out the user experience in this release. There is no more flashing between black background and white background, especially when joining a meeting from outside of your organization. 

 

Join meeting audio with Call me at

If you're enabled by a conference policy to join audio by having the meeting call a phone number, you will now be able to choose Call me at in the Join Meeting Audio dialog box before joining a meeting.  This was a pain point for customers who were not enabled for Enterprise Voice.

 

Joining a meeting without audio

When you choose to join a meeting without joining audio, you will see the meeting window with a black background and a notification that you have joined the meeting without audio.  If you want to connect audio later, select the Call button. The previous experience showed a chat-like experience with a white background that looked like the meeting join failed, even when it didn't.

Join Without Audio.pngSkype for Business window when you join a meeting without audio.

 

Other Improvements and bug fixes

  • Fixed several issues that could prevent you from joining a meeting. 
  • Fixed an issue that prevented you from joining meetings from outside of your organization.
  • Added a Don't show this again for this device checkbox to the prompt to switch to an audio device when a user connects a device to the computer
  • Fixed an issue with displaying long IM disclaimer text.
  • Fixed an issue where emoticons in chats were displayed when disabled by policy (via DisableEmoticons in CsClientPolicy).
  • Fixed an issue that prevented users who are not enabled for Enterprise Voice from seeing the Before joining a meeting, ask me which audio device I want to use option in the Calls page of Preferences.

 

We've also been investigating issues where users can't see screen sharing in meetings and see a black screen instead.  We've found several bugs that can result in the same symptoms.  The January and February updates have fixes for several issues.  If you've experienced this problem, you will notice the frequency of it is much reduced.  We'll have more fixes coming soon to eliminate the problem altogether.

 

If you're a current SfB on Mac user, click Help/Check for Updates and install the latest.  If you're a new user, go to http://aka.ms/sfbmacdownload to get started!