The new Skype for Business Mobile Client was released. Amazingly the updates installed over night without actively doing anything.
The naming is not the mobile client, it is:
Skype for Business for Windows Phone, or iPhone and so on.
For me this is a good sign looking forward for all changes coming along with Skype for Business Server. What we can see is the focus on Enterprise Voice, Voice in unified Communication is essential and we need straight forward and simple to use user experiences. we need to have a client which works seamless with the desktop version and features.
Let me introduce you to some new feature in Skype for Business Mobile Client:
First look when the desktop tile is on the main screen:
Form here you can click your tile and will start the new welcome screen:
You are required to confirm the update and will proceed as normal.
Well on the first look it seems not to be different from the old Lync Client and only the Logo has changed.
But this would not what we expect!
First having a look into the About Page, checking the Version Number:
The Version yet is:
6.0.1430.0, called Skype for Business for Windows Phone.
We can see the view and join experience for meeting changed and is a little better to use and view.
What we need to recognize is the Call via Work (CvW) feature, but where this is hidden and what could be done here?
Next we need to have a look into the SETTINGS:
As we see the Call Forwarding settings have changed and can be controlled form the windows phone client / mobile client.
This is a important feature, but remember, if Call via Work is enabled for a user this configuration is greyed out!
Else, soon we operate natively in Skype for Business Enterprise Voice, the feature is helpful and makes our life more easy.
I also help making the Phone Client "quiet", by forwarding a call to another number/ user.
Since we need to have a Exchange Server with proper configured EWS (Exchange Web Service), we can now query the Outlook WORK HOURS! this is good for a very much controlled FORWARD configuration and helps making the systems more user friendly.
All calls will be transmitted over the best data network choice. 1st WiFi, 2nd CELLULAR
Btw the starting behavior hasn't changed and the client is still slow!