The new Skype for Business Mac client is here

David Branscome, Cloud Solution Architect, Office 365 and Voice

I love updates. I get giddy and excited when I am prompted to shut down Microsoft Office while Click-to-Run updates my Office install. And when the updates are done, I can’t wait to see what’s different.

This past Sunday, my TV prompted me to apply a software update, and it was only through sheer willpower that I didn't run the update in the middle of the football game.

So you can imagine my excitement when I saw the recent announcement about a new Skype for Business client for Mac. In many of my conversations with customers and partners over the past year, I have frequently been asked about when it would be released, usually followed with, "I thought you said it was coming in <insert month here>."

It's here now, and it's beautiful! Edge-to-edge video and fully immersive content sharing and viewing means that Mac users get a first-class Skype for Business experience.

If you rushed out to order a new MacBook Pro this week, which runs the Sierra OS, the new Skype for Business Mac client will work beautifully. You can also run the new Mac client on El Capitan. To get Outlook integration, you will need to have the Outlook for Mac build 15.27.

Read the Skype for Business Mac client announcement Skype for Business on Mac download Download Skype for Business across all your devices

Skype Operations Framework update

The Skype Operations Framework (SOF) assets, which provide a comprehensive guide and toolset for implementing Skype for Business, have been updated to include the new Skype for Business Mac client. This fantastic set of documentation can help your Skype for Business deployments be successful. There's even a video training module that shows you the differences between the Mac client and other clients and provides some troubleshooting guidance.

Skype Operations Framework website Skype Academy: Clients - Skype for Business for Mac [Video]

Skype Operations Framework partner learning path and assessment

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