Matt’s #MSIgnite 2016 Skype for Business Notes Summary


I will be keeping my own notes of news and items of interest on this blog throughout Microsoft Ignite. You can always return by using http://bitly/mattignite16

Monday 9/26

Gurdeep Singh Pall Keynote – 11AM @ B312-B314. Livestream here:

  • “the new Skype for Business for Mac will be available in October.”
  • “real-time transcription and translation in Skype Meeting Broadcast by the end of 2016”
  • iOS Skype for Business app get CallKit support
  • Project Rigel will be called “next generation Skype Room System”
    • Logitech Smart Dock for Skype Room System: Reserve Today; Available in Weeks
    • Crestron Skype Room System Shipping End 2016
    • Polycom MSR for Skype Room System Shipping Early 2017
    • Skype Room Systems will sell for approximately $2-3K
  • Previews of PSTN Calling in France and Spain in October
  • Org Auto Attendant & Call Queue Preview October
    Skype for Business Advanced Analytics Preview October
  • Demonstrated how to use PowerShell to Move Users to appropriate Regional DataCenter
  • Noticed
    • Microsoft is moving towards a black background on video screens (Mac/ Next Gen Skype Room System)

Other Items

Tuesday 9/27

Microsoft Demos (very early sneak peek) Skype for Business video meeting with no plugin (Edge/Chrome) in Office 365 Outlook Web App: click here


Andrew Bybee, Principal GPM Microsoft, noted that Trusted Application API (not final name) will be  "very soon". The  Preview, which will include messaging and calling, will be available early 2017.


Audiocodes announces new IP phone: 450HD Execute IP Phone for Skype for Business. Unique points: Color touch is new for Audocodes, SILK. (certification coming in the future, not yet): Click Here


Wednesday Sept 28

First thing Wed. Josh and I did a podcast on Skype for Business news: click here


Skype for Business MAC Client Post GA Roadmap:

Custom Skype for Business Sizing Calculator by by @EmptyMessage

Thursday Sept 29

Stale Hansen Reports: “Desktopsharing coming really soon for Skype for Business Meeting Broadcast using VbSS”: Click Here

No UCMA to Trusted Application API Converter. Also, No intention to port Trusted Application API to Skype for /Business on Prem Click Here (Source: David Newman, Microsoft,  in Q&A in BRK4013 session)

Gurdeep Singh Pall will transition the Skype team to Rajesh ...& move to his next role. Read More

Microsoft Ignite in Orlando on Sept 25-29, 2017. click here (and ironies: while we were on the way out we saw this sign announcing the next Ignite and, thinking we missed the announcement, took a group photo with the sign and posted it, I think inadvertently announcing the news in this tweet)


Preregister Click Here


  1. HI Matt, thanks for this - was support for presence mentioned in the discussion around trusted application API at all? For example being able to update user presence with mobile line state.

    1. I don't remember presence being explicitly noted, but all skype4b call centers today use presence so I think it would be fair to deduce it will be included. Another reason I think it is, is because the Office 365 Call Queues use presence and are built on top of Trusted Application API (name for now).

    2. Trusted Application SDK (Preview 2017)slated to include: /startMessaging, /startAudioVideo, /joinOnlineMeeting, /AcceptAudioVideo. No presence changing in that list explicitly. from BRK4013

  2. the same question as Christopher's. We will be able to update the presence as in UCMA, without user's credentials?

  3. and a second question. What does mean really the slogan "Move all your communications to Skype for Business Online" ?
    MS thinks maybe that the SfB on premises is a legacy?

    1. I think it is saying that a relatively complete set of voice features are there that one could move "phone system" to cloud pbx. Right now the future msft is emphasizing is clearly the cloud.

  4. I guess no answer for us Stef - ping me on linkedin and we can share the answer if we ever find it :) //Christopher Ryder, Telia Company

    1. Hey, my Msft contacts haven't even answered my questions since Ignite. Haha, thanks for the nudge.

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