Thursday, 23 April 2015

Skype Client UI in Skype for Business

Skype for Business will still remain “lync.exe” from an executable perspective and maintain the same major version number as Lync 2013. 

Can I mix and match Lync 2013 and Skype for Business Clients
Yes you can, Lync 2013 clients will work on Skype for Business Server, and Skype for Business Client will work on Lync 2013 Server. 

Client Platform
Server Platform
Client UI



Lync 2010
Lync Server 2013
Lync 2010
Lync 2010
Skype for Business Server
Lync 2010
Lync 2013
Lync Server 2013
Lync 2013
Lync 2013 (no S4B update)
Skype for Business Server
Lync 2013
Lync 2013 (S4B update)
Skype for Business Server
Skype for Business
Lync 2013 (S4B update & EnableSkypeUI=FALSE)
Skype for Business Server
Lync 2013
Lync 2013 (S4B update & EnableSkypeUI=TRUE)
Skype for Business Server
Skype for Business
Lync 2013 (S4B update & EnableSkypeUI=NULL)
Skype for Business Server
Skype for Business
Skype for Business
Skype for Business Server
Skype for Business
Skype for Business (EnableSkypeUI=FALSE)
Skype for Business Server
Lync 2013
Skype for Business (EnableSkypeUI=TRUE)
Skype for Business Server
Skype for Business
Skype for Business (EnableSkypeUI=NULL)
Skype for Business Server
Skype for Business

In order to control the Skype for Business/Lync 2013 User Interface, it must be enabled via Client Policy. As customers have been requesting this update, I suggest creating a new user based client policy and add some test users to the policy so they can evaluate before providing to the remaining organization.

To create a new Client Policy:
             New-CsClientPolicy - PolicyName SkypeUIClient - EnableSkypeUI $true

To enable users for this newly created policy:
          Grant-CsClientPolicy -PolicyName SkypeUIClient -Identity "user@company.com"




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