What’s new in Skype for Business and how you can take control of updates

With April’s Office update, Lync will become Skype for Business, with a new user interface (UI) in the Windows desktop application. On today’s show, we take a look the new Skype for Business desktop application for Windows. BJ Haberkorn joins Jeremy Chapman to demonstrate what’s new and explain what’s coming. With April’s update from Lync to Skype for Business around the corner, Jeremy also demonstrates how you can control what your users will see.

On March 16th we announced how you can get ready for Skype for Business and get started with the Skype for Business technical preview. The updated experience will be familiar to both Lync and Skype users, with notable requested updates to improve discoverability of the dial pad, easier access to controls and device selection interfaces. The new Skype for Business also integrates people search with the entire Skype network.

Skype for Business will roll out as an update to Lync on April 14th as part of Office monthly updates. If you are using Lync Online today with Office 365 ProPlus, Office 365 Business Premium or Office 2013, the updated Skype for Business client—inspired by the look and feel of Skype—will be the default user experience and replace the Lync user experience.  If you are using Lync Servertoday, the Lync UI will be the default experience.

The good news is that regardless of whether you are using Lync Online or Lync Server, you have the ability to control when the updated experience is rolled out to your users. There are two ways to do this. First, Office 365 ProPlus and Office 2013 allow you to control when monthly updates are delivered to your users. Second, both the online service and the server now have policy settings to control the user experience using PowerShell. While the settings are slightly different for online and server customers, both are straightforward, and allow you to manage the UI centrally.

Controlling the UI in Lync Online and Skype for Business Online

We demonstrate how this is performed for the online service on the show; once you’re logged into the online service via PowerShell, you can use Grant-CsClientPolicy Cmdlet as shown below, to control the experience:

Disable Skype user interface (UI) for all users:

Grant-CsClientPolicy -PolicyName ClientPolicyDisableSkypeU

Enable Skype UI for all users:

Grant-CsClientPolicy -PolicyName ClientPolicyEnableSkypeUI

These Cmdlets will control the UI presented to all users in your Office 365 or Lync Online tenant. There are more options for controlling the experience at an individual user or group level on TechNet.

Controlling the UI in Lync Server and Skype for Business Server

If you’re running Lync Server and want to roll out the updated Skype for Business UI to your organization, you can use the Set-CsClientPolicy Cmdlet:

Enable Skype UI for all users:

Set-CsClientPolicy -Identity Global -EnableSkypeUI $true

Disable Skype user interface (UI) for all users:

Set-CsClientPolicy -Identity Global -EnableSkypeUI $false

In addition to the options above for selecting between the Skype for Business UI and the Lync UI, we’ve created a number of resources to help with awareness, readiness and adoption.  These resources, along with the ability to switch the UI between the two interfaces, will give users the resources they need to be prepared for this change.



Jamaica’s Sangster International Airport (MBJ) in Montego Bay, has been named the region’s number one airport for 2015. This designation was given by the online publication Caribbean Journal. “Any airport where we can grab a piping hot Tastee patty within moments of arrival is a good one in our book. Throw in Club Mobay; a plethora of shops; diverse dining options that include a Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville; a Bobsled Café; a smoking lounge and free baggage carts and you’ve got an airport where a long layover doesn’t seem that bad,” the publication said. It continued, “transiting through these Caribbean hubs, which take the drudgery out of departing, with perks every passenger can appreciate,” added to MBJ’s appeal.

(Source: Jamaica Observer)


Director of Tourism Paul Pennicook, says the island will need to add at least 3,300 hotel rooms, if it is to achieve its projected 10% increase in stopover arrivals in 2016. He noted that stopover arrivals grew by 3.6 % last year over 2013, adding that the projection for this year is 3%. “We are comfortable with that projection only because if it was more than that, frankly we would not be able toaccommodate them [stopover visitors],” he added. He was speaking at the Jamaica Invest Forum in Montego Bay last week. Pennicook told his audience that duringmeetings with representatives of several tour operators at the recent world’s largest trade travel show, ITB Berlin, “the constant comment was that we need more rooms, because they did not have enough rooms to sell in Jamaica during the winter period.

(Source: Jamaica Observer)

Searching for DVD's in the Catalog

thoughts, ramblings, & rants of a librarian

I recently received (yesterday) the following text message from a dear friend, “Why when I type in (name of tv show) to OhioLINK do I not get the results I’m looking for?” I have requested said items for this friend before so I knew exactly what she was looking for. I took a few minutes reveling in the warm feeling that reference questions bring me (also I was getting ready for a webinar haha) but then I formulated my rant like response.
I explained to her that by just typing a title into the keyword search bar of OhioLINK or any catalog it doesn’t know what format of material you are looking for, also you’ll need to check SearchOhio for this item. But go ahead and start your search in OhioLINK, trying this “(name of tv show) AND dvd” Now in SearchOhio the number of the season isn’t included in…

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Just how important is description?

thoughts, ramblings, & rants of a librarian

I mentioned in a post I did last week that I’m working on some local Civil War research. I am finding all kinds of goodies! It is crazy the amount of things out there just waiting to be found! Just today I found a map of my county from 1858! I’m still I’m awe. I can’t stop looking at it trying to place the present day buildings on it.

Anyway last week I found a website full of videos of people in a nearby county recounting memories from their childhood. It was being shared in the CONTENTdm platform which we have at my library but I haven’t had the time to explore very much. But I know a tiny tiny bit about. So there were maybe 20-25 videos at an average of 30 minutes each and they were in an interview format. One person sitting off camera asking questions then…

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Save Space Shoe Storage DIY

Shoes tips ladies!

At Koko's Place

Save space shoe storage DIY. Say that tongue twister three times fast! 😉

Whether you have a lot of space or a little space this shoe/multi purpose shelf will come in handy. This shelf is great to show off any collection whether it’d be tea pots or books or toys! Possibilities are endless.

I built the shelf over the closet and corner shelves for shoes as my daughter has a small collection 😉  I like that it displays her shoes in a pretty way as well as not take up any precious floor space!

This is how I did it…

I lightly sanded the board and stained it with stain I had left over from a project. You do not need to sand or stain the board. You can leave it as is. You can also paint it any color you want or you can just varnish it with a…

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