One of the best kept secret of Skype is Skype Meeting Broadcast, which is a large scale meeting service that can host up to 10,000 attendees on any device, Mac, PC, Windows, Mobile, and even Linux devices through a web browser broadcast. Behind the scenes, this kind of service is based on Azure media services, and for example users located in the same geographical area will be connected to the same CDN.
In which plan is included the Skype Meeting Broadcast? In the followings
- Enterprise E1, E3, and E5
- Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 2 (or 3)
And who can attend to the meeting? You can select through the following options:
- Anonymous: Anybody with the broadcast URL can attend
- Secure: Only specific people can attend based off their email address
- All Company: Only people within your company can attend, they will need a username and password.
So, your last question will be, how I can start planning a Skype Broadcast? You will need to access to the following link: http://portal.broadcast.skype.com and then select the day you will host the meeting, and then customize the meeting to fit your preferences.
I think that will be a great tool to my customers to host their online meetings or product presentations 🙂
Currently, I am using more and more S4B to Schedule Skype meetings to communicate with other people that are not located in my office or even in my region.
By default, everyone that is invited to a Skype meeting is considered as a “presenter” and has full control over the meeting, but sometimes this configuration is not the appropriate for large meetings. Probably you want more control over the audio, video or the content presented over the meeting, so the intention of this post is to give some recommendations about using S4B for this situations.
To do this, the first thing that we have to take into account is that all this configurations are controlled over the Outlook client, so you need to create a new Skype meeting and then select meeting options in Outlook ribbon:
You will have a series of possible configurations:
Where do you want to meet online?
- Select “a new meeting space”. This setting is required if you wish to change any of the default meeting settings.
These people do not have to wait in the lobby:
- You will want to change this setting unless you want to manually let each person in and have an announcement as each person enters and exits.
- Suggested options are to allow “People I invite from my company” and “Callers get in directly”.
Who’s a presenter?
- By default, everyone from our organization is a “presenter”, which means they can control audio, video and screen sharing options.
- Change this setting to “Only me, the meeting organizer”. This ensures that only the meeting organizer is a presenter. You can choose additional presenters as required. For example, the person that schedules the meeting is automatically a presenter. You can also “promote” the individual presiding at the meeting to a presenter to give them full capabilities.
Do you want to limit participation?
- Presenters always have the ability to chat and share audio and video as well as presentations.
- In a large meeting, it might be beneficial to mute participants audio and block video in order to provide better control over the environment and ensure a better experience for participants.
- As a presenter you can un-mute participant’s audio on a case-by-case basis as needed.
- Participants can also be elevated to presenters at any time to provide full access.
Once you are done making the changes you require, select the “ok” button or press the button to save your preferences for future meetings.
Today I bring a quick tip about S4B. Imagine that you’re busy and you decide to set your status to “Do not Disturb”, as you will know, no one will be able to send you IM, all the IM will be automatically send to the mail. The only option to have a conversation with this status, is that firstly you need to start the conversation with the other person.
But know, imagine that you’re working in an important project with a group of people (a team to be precise). Will be behave the same? The answer is yes, but you can bypass this behaviour doing something very easy.
The only thing that you will need to do is set your privacy relationship with your team members to workgroup. Doing this, the members of the team, will be able to communicate with you via IM.
Hope that helps!