The new Mac client is stable; I’ve had it running for over 36 hours now with no errors or crashes.
While I am a big fan of Skype, I hate downloading updates to Skype. Upon reopening Outlook, you have a presence indicator to the left of each email address (some people have this already with Microsoft Lync). Skype decided to reinstall itself as the default IM app and insert the annoying grey boxes again.
On Mac, Skype for Business only lets you do this in Preferences, under Audio/Video.
By default, Instant Messaging windows open in the main Skype for Business window, under “Chats.” Chats also serves as Conversation History in the Mac client.
If you use Lync for Mac, uninstall it before installing Skype for Business.
I came across one of the issues almost immediately.
If you’re logged into Skype for Business with one account, but logged into Outlook with another, Skype Meeting functionality doesn’t come up in Outlook.
Even when you’re logged in with the same account, you may need to use the “Online Meeting” button to add Skype Meeting URLs/dial-in numbers to a Meeting invite.
I’m sure Microsoft could have held it back longer for more feature additions, but they opted not to.There are some differences, and (as of now) a few limitations.But overall, I think our Mac customers will enjoy this client very much.A few features Windows users enjoy are not available…at least not at this stage.In terms of known issues, Microsoft has already published a list: Known Issues – Skype for Business on Mac One to note here: you can’t have both Lync for Mac and Skype for Business on Mac clients installed side-by-side.
Through which device will you make & receive calls?