Microsoft Support and Recover Assistant for Skype for Business

If you still thinking that Skype for Business is already dead, Microsoft is telling you the contrary, they are still improving their tools to do their best.

One of this, is that they had improved SaRA, this tool allows to fix many problems or at least it indicates you how to fix them.

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The most important thing here, is that has been added support for Skype for Business. If you want to dig deepper in this tool, you can find more information in the following post: SaRA

Skype to Teams Roadmap

Yesterday was announced in the Techcommunity the roadmap for Microsoft Teams.

I want to highlight the integration between the Skype For Business client and the Microsoft Teams client. With this integration we will be able to share the presence, contacts between this two applications and even to call between this two applications. In a near future, we will have the PSTN calling plans for Teams and more features yet to come.

If you want more information about this, visit the following link: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-Teams-Blog/Roadmap-for-Skype-for-Business-capabilities-coming-to-Microsoft/bc-p/120002#M340

Skype For Business VS Microsoft Teams features

Recently I found on Technet a very interesting article written by the user LucaVitali

This article is a comparison table between Skype for Business and Teams, where the information comes from various sources. In adition to that, Luca will try to update the file and add new features.

https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/lync/Skype-for-Business-and-aa1c8daa

Enjoy it!

Skype For Business Web Scheduler

Recently I’d been involved in a O365 project where the client need to use Skype for Business Online, but they have the mail in other platform which is not Exchange Online (I hope they will migrate in a near future). So, the question is: How can they schedule meetings for Skype for Business?

As well as MS has a solution to Schedule meetings in OnPremises, for Skype Online we have a similar solution, which is “Skype for Business Web Scheduler”, very original, isn’t it?

This solution is a web-based program that you can use to create Skype Meetings, in case you don’t have Outlook. The only thing you need is an Internet connection (we are in O365, bravo captain obvius!)

So, we’ll need to navigate to https://sched.lync.com sign in with your work account, and the scheduler will be presented. For people that has been using Skype Scheduler with Outlook, will be very similar to it.

If you have any doubts or need support about this tool, check the following link

Hope that helps!

Skype photo not showing up in the client

This issue have been bothering me a while, but not enought to take it seriously, the problem was that everyone was able to see my picture, but not me, so, it was a weird behaviour. Sometimes when I clean the Skype Adress Book, the picture appeared for a few days, but then disappear magically.

So, after spending few hours trying to solve this problem, I found this magical post from Koen Zomers

The steps are quite simple:

  1. Sign Out from Lync/Skype
  2. Open the regedit
  3. Go to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Lync or HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Lync
  4. Make a backup of the Lync Folder
  5. Delete the Lync Folder
  6. Sign in again in Lync/Skype

You will see that the deleted Lync folder have been created again, and finally your photo shows again. I hope that this problem won’t be reproduced again 🙂