About the Skype for Business Insider

The Skype for Business Insider (formerly the Lync Insider) is here to provide the “inside” perspective on Microsoft Skype for Business Server 2015 and its related technologies.  You want to know what it is, what it does, the latest-and-greatest for this all-in-one communication package?  Check this blog out.

The Skype for Business Insider Blog is written by Chris Williams, MCSE in Communication and PlanetMagpie’s Digital Marketing & Communications Manager.  (That’s me!)  PlanetMagpie is a Microsoft Gold Partner, and was the first IT Consulting agency to implement a full Lync system in the San Francisco Bay Area. With Skype for Business Server, its successor, we got in on the ground floor and now have 3 certified Skype4B professionals on staff.

This blog is a central resource for all Skype for Business information we come across and/or generate from our own consulting experiences. I’m also including information on Unified Communications (Skype inter-working with Office, Exchange and SharePoint), Voice over IP information, and how-to’s for fixing Skype for Business issues that come up.

Occasionally we’ll have guest posts from other PlanetMagpie employees, industry experts, and readers like you.

Visit PlanetMagpie’s Skype for Business page to request a live demo of the Skype for Business Server platform.

First time here?  Click a Category on the right to start exploring the blog!  Don’t forget to sign up for weekly emails at top right, so you don’t miss any posts!

Please Note:  PlanetMagpie or any parties associated with it are not responsible for any damage that may occur to your systems as a result of following this advice. We certainly hope nothing bad happens. But we’re happy to help you out with Skype for Business, either way!

4 thoughts on “About

  • February 14, 2017 at 9:08 am

    My company has us using S4B 2015 and when in larger meetings with other people that I am not familiar with, I don’t know who is talking. I was wanting to know if there is a setting in S4B or third party app that will pop up a notification/highlight user/etc for the person that is currently talking? I think it at least use to show something beside the users name that displayed who was talking but I don’t see that anymore. Any help with this is greatly appreciated. TIA

    • February 15, 2017 at 12:54 pm

      Hi Michael,
      Thanks for the comment. Normally in Skype Meetings, when looking at the Meetings screen, you’ll see a highlight border around the avatar of the person speaking. That’s default behavior, so everyone can see who’s speaking at a glance. Did you see this before? If you did, and the highlight border doesn’t show up anymore, then you may have a crashed service on the Mediation or Front End server. Please email me and let’s see what we can determine.

  • June 4, 2019 at 12:08 am

    Hi Chris, absolute class blog/site and I have really enjoyed reading so much so far. I work as a Subject Matter Expert for the largest AV integrator within the UK, now branching out into NY and HK with Dubai later this year or early next.
    I have a bit of a complicated question and I have a feeling you would be able to answer it, its around SfB and SBC’s. Multiple server pools and so on. Can you get in contact with me if you get a few spare minutes?

    • June 5, 2019 at 8:15 am

      Thanks Luke. Please email me with your question.


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