Skype for Business VBSS Update

June 30, 2016 by · 14 Comments 

Since the introduction of VBSS in the article Video Based Screen Sharing (VBSS) for Skype for Business last year Microsoft has released several changes to the platform to further leverage this technology.  This new article will serve as an update to the concepts outlined in the original as well as outline any future behavior or […]

Video Based Screen Sharing in Skype for Business

October 2, 2015 by · 38 Comments 

Video Based Screen Sharing (VBSS) is a new Skype for Business client capability that has for the most part flown in under the radar.  There is currently very little information available about this new functionality, and as with anything not well understood it seems to be creating more confusion than warranted.  Most of the questions […]

Video Interoperability in Skype for Business

January 26, 2015 by · 55 Comments 

With the recently launched Office 365 Summit events Microsoft has started sharing technical details on the various new capabilities which are on the horizon with the future release of Skype for Business Server.  In a previous article this rebranding of Lync to Skype for Business (SfB) was analyzed and explained in an effort to clarify […]

SILK Audio in Lync Mobile Clients

November 7, 2014 by · 3 Comments 

A previous article entitled Media Codes in Lync 2013 covered the introduction of the SILK narrowband and wideband audio codecs from Skype into the Lync 2013 desktop client.  Since posting that article Microsoft has also added SILK support into the various Lync 2013 mobile clients, which means that some call scenarios like mobile-to-mobile Lync calls […]

Understanding Lync Modalities

August 31, 2014 by · 26 Comments 

There are multiple ways to initiate communications sessions in Lync across different modalities and features.  These various options can utilize a few different network paths to reach the intended destination(s).  The path that each takes depends primarily on the type of communication involved and is also influenced by the number of parties involved. In Lync, […]

Video Temporal Scaling Behavior in Lync 2013

May 27, 2014 by · 4 Comments 

This article is a continuation on a series of articles dedicated to the H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC) video codec implementation utilized by Lync 2013.  Previous article introduced the standards-based codec and the possibilities it contains based on the defined specifications.  Additional articles, like this one, take a closer look at how the actual implementation […]

Planning for Video in Lync

May 9, 2014 by · 11 Comments 

Microsoft has recently posted all recorded sessions from the 2014 Lync Conference to the Channel 9 events page on MSDN.  Among these are a pair of sessions I presented this year on the topic of planning for and understanding the impact of video traffic on your network. Video – What in the World are You […]

Media Codecs in Lync 2013

March 31, 2014 by · 24 Comments 

The original intent of this article was to review the current list of supported audio and video codecs in Lync 2013 and attempt to explain what each one is used for given that the list has grown quite a bit over time. But due to the latest announcements around Lync and Skype integration it seems […]

Lync Conference 2014 Summary

March 14, 2014 by · 8 Comments 

After getting a few weeks to decompress from Lync Conference 2014 in Las Vegas here is some feedback on numerous topics which followers of this blog may find interesting.  Some of the information is related to recent product announcements while other items dive deeper into information uncovered from discussions with members of the Microsoft Lync […]

Lync Mobility Media Paths

November 28, 2013 by · 21 Comments 

In a previous article discussing Lync Mobility an important behavior of the 2013 mobile clients was pointed out which was the fact that 2013 mobile clients are effectively hardcoded to always connect to the external UCWA service in Lync.  Since this means internally connected mobile clients will hairpin all signaling traffic through a reverse proxy […]

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