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Review Embrava BlyncLight: Adds Ringer, Standard USB & More Colors

The Embrava BlyncLight is a new version of the BlyncLight that adds some nice improvements:

  • Ringer
  • More colors
  • standard mini usb plug
  • Better quality physical design

A quick look at the BlyncLight

Speaker and bottom view:

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Standard mini usb (replaceable USB cord)

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Colors

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Installing the Embrava BlyncLight tray application. Setup is very straightforward.

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To configure Blync you just select what you want to happen on an activity.

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Colors

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There is also Flash: High, Medium, Low  & No flash.

Brightness: Full & Dim.

Comparison of 2nd Gen Embrava BlyncLight and 1st Gen Blync

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bottom (new embrava much more stable)

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USB

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Summary

The Embrava BlyncLight is a nice upgrade and the addition of the speaker/ringer makes the BlyncLight even more useful and productivity enhancing.

Hands On Review of Skype for Business Client

Here is my first hands on look at the Skype for Business client on my PC.

Quick summary of new items not seen before:
  • New Emoticons
    • full Skype emoticon list and animated emoticons
  • Exactly how the “Call Control” window works:
    • Call Control window displays when Skype4B does not have focus
    • Double click takes you to active conversation window
    • setting to turn it off
  • Call Quality Feedback after Lync media call
  • Alerts location. This allows user to specify where alerts (like incoming call toast) show. Which display and position on that display.
  • Call Transfer will be no less than 4 clicks
    • If a call is from PSTN and has no contact in Outlook it can be one click!
Screenshots and New Functionality

The Skype for Business client main screen (note the round photos, like skype)

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Search a contact. (With Skype for Business Server components in place you can search for Skype ID’s as well!)

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New Emoticons

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IM window

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Multi-party video

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New UIcall monitor

New call control buttons and new “Call Controls” button. No “hover”, all clicks.call windows.jpg

Call Transfer Steps if call detected as PSTN call: 1-Click! 

(if call is detected as PSTN. It seems this is only if number is not found in a Contact, which makes it a little inconsistent. When it works, its cool!)

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Transfer Steps When call is not detected as PSTN Call

Call Transfer Steps: Click “Call Control” [1] | “Transfer” [2]

Also note new functionality: ability to mute the speaker.xfer-1 and 2

Transfer Call windowxfer before 3 and 4

Find Contact [3] and click Transfer [4]xfer 3 and 4

Call Monitor

Displays when Skype4b does not have focus. Double click to be taken to Skype4B active conversation window. Mute and Hang up controls. (see new free tool to enhance this functionality:L http://bit.ly/callmonitorpro)call control

Change Alters (Call Toast) Position and Monitor

Ability to change where Alerts display. Which display and what position on the display. (shown in upper-right of primary display below)

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IM Window with new around avatars

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User Call Quality Feedbackcall quality rating

New Settings and Features

Ability to Show or not show new “Call Controls” (call Call Monitor in marketing) when Skype4B doesn’t have focusshow call controls

Alerts location. This allows user to specify where alerts (like incoming call) show. Which display and position on that display.general alerts

Phone Integrationenable integration with your phone system

Join Conference settings moved to “Skype Meetings” joining conference calls

Tray Icon

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Taskbar Icon

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Technical Questions & Notes

How does “Call Quality Feedback” window send the feedback? According to logs it is sent to Skype4B Server via a SIP Service message. Below is a SIP message:

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What .exe name is the client? Skype for Business.exe

Can I turn off the new UI?

On Lync Server 2013 or Skype for Business Server 2015 use the csclientpolicy and set EnableSkypeUI to $FALSE

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Go get the Skype for Business Client Preview: Click Here

Suggest an improvement: http://lync.ideascale.com/

Matt Landis’ Enterprise Connect 2015 Notes #ec15

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I am not attending Enterprise Connect (March 16-18, 2015), but as always I will be watching Lync/Skype4B developments as a “remote worker” (how else for a UC professional to attend?) and will scribble developments and new stuff I notice.

EC15: http://www.enterpriseconnect.com/orlando/
EC15 Notes: http://bit.ly/mattec15

Skype4B Keynote by Zig Serafin March 18, 2015 10 AM
http://blogs.office.com/2015/03/18/skype-for-business-is-here-and-this-is-only-the-beginning/

Skype for Business Keynote by Zig Serafin: New Announcements Summary

  • “WebRTC coming soon” for Skype for Business – click here
  • Search Skype Users by skype username or Geo-location from inside Skype for Business
  • Adding Voice to Office365 Later This Year: Audio Conference, PSTN Calling, Ent Voice
  • Polycom Roundtable 100

Control with Mobile

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The Unit

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Announcements

Skype4B/Lync News

http://channel9.msdn.com/Series/Whats-New-in-Skype-for-Business

Emoticons Are No Joke: Skype4B to Address Lync 2013 Emoticon Change

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skype (skype consumer) emoticons

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skype4b via @LCansby

Emoticons are no joke, not even in the Enterprise! Microsoft Lync 2013 got an emoticon refresh that quickly led to “Bring Back the Emoticons!” “campaign”. In no time “Bring back pre-SP1 Emoticons” was among the top 10 items requested on http://lync.ideascale.com/

According to @flinchbot, Microsoft is communicating via the Infopedia EvenBuilder presentations that emoticons will be addressed in Skype for Business client. According to @flinchbot:

  • many of the complaints about the Lync 2013 client should be addressed in Skype4B client
  • Optionally animated
  • Some Lync specific emoticons have been removed (gtr)
  • Lync 2013 to get new emoticons as well (according to @tomorgan)
  • Emoticons that will be available by @MKressmark click here

The complete list of Skype (Skype4C) emoticons is available here.

What this all seems to indicate is that emoticons are much more serious than I previously thought.

Please follow https://twitter.com/flinchbot

https://twitter.com/flinchbot/status/570618023335362560

http://lync.ideascale.com/a/dtd/Bring-back-the-pre-SP1-emoticons/592285-16285

Call Monitor Pro: Call Monitor, Enhanced Feature Set and Extensibility Platform for Lync and Skype for Business

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Our team at Landis Computer Technology Solutions is passionate about UC user efficiency and productivity and has released a new community (that means free!) application called Call Monitor Pro for Lync and Skype for Business to make every user a bit more productive.

  • “Call Monitor” UI for Skype for Business and Lync 2013.
  • Enhanced Features: Additional Productivity Features
  • Extensibility Platform: Add functionality without programming

 

Skype for Business Call Monitor” Compared to Call Monitor Pro

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Video Demo


Description of Functionality


Experts & Users  Speak

image“Looks like Matt Landis and team have hit it out of the ballpark again. Free Call Monitor Pro tool for Lync and Skype for Business.” –Pat Richard, Lync MVP, UC Architects podcast

image“[Call Monitor Pro] only deals with [voice] calls through Lync. Narrow focus often translates to good-quality apps. This one is no exception. Zero configuration required…auto-recognized my Jabra Motion Office headset…configure your own shortcut keys…this is a snappy little tool.” –LyncInsider, Chris Williams

 

Download the Free App Here: http://bit.ly/callmonitorpro
For Updates Follow: https://twitter.com/attendantpro