Make a Skype for Business call but use your PBX desk phone for audio

If you have a PBX (Private Branch Exchange) desk phone and your IT department has configured it to work with Skype for Business you can search for people in your organization and place calls to them from within the Skype for Business client, while audio for the call flows through your standard desk (PBX) phone. You can also place calls from the Skype for Business client using any phone near you (like your mobile, home, or hotel phone). The person you’re calling sees your phone number as though you were calling from your company’s main phone number. When you make a Skype for Business call with audio routed through your PBX desk phone, you get great audio, plus:

  • IM—so you can do a quick copy/paste of a URL you want to share, for example
  • Desktop and app sharing—so you can easily show and tell, work through problems, or explain stuff with visuals
  • Attachments—send files to the other person without leaving Skype for Business

Note   There are some things you can’t do in this scenario—like record your meeting, upload a PowerPoint or other file, use the Skype for Business video, Whiteboard, OneNote integration, and polling and Q&A features. And you won’t be able to add people to the call—this is a you-and-one-other-person scenario. If you need any of these Skype for Business features, then you should set up regular Skype for Business meeting that is not routed through your PBX desk phone.

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This is a feature that your admin has to configure for your company. There’s a really easy way to tell if your company has this enabled this functionality. From the main Skype for Business window, click the gear icon () to bring up the Options dialog. If you see Call Forwarding in the list, then Skype for Business is not set up to work through your desk phone. If you see Call Handling in the list, then your desk phone is integrated with Skype for Business.

Prep work—set the Call Handling, Outgoing Calls number to your PBX desk phone

If you want to use your PBX desk phone for your Skype for Business audio, just set the Outgoing Calls option to use that number.

If you are configured as a boss or delegate, team leader, team member, or Response Group member—or if you have a private line, this feature is not for you. Changing your configuration to use Skype for Business with your PBX desk phone will disable the call handling/call forwarding settings you need to do those other jobs. Also, if you change these settings, for example to forward Skype for Business calls to your mobile phone while you are away from your desk (or if you use the Skype for Business Online client—which automatically sets Simultaneously ring to your mobile number), you’ll need to change the settings back again if you want to make a Skype for Business/PBX desk phone call later, when you return to your office.

  1. From Tools > Options, click Call Handling. (If your UI says Call Forwarding, then you are not configured to use Skype for Business with your PBX desk phone.)
  2. Under Incoming calls, select simultaneously ring, then enter your PBX desk phone number—without the extension, if you have one. (This ensures that if someone from work calls you using the Skype for Business client, then your desk phone will also ring—giving you the option to use it for audio and Skype for Business for sharing and showing.)
  3. Under Outgoing calls, check the Use this number to make calls checkbox, then enter your PBX desk phone number—including your extension, if you have one.
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  5. Make a Skype for Business call! Read on…

 

 

 

Making the PBX desk phone/Skype for Business call

Once the outgoing call number has been set to your PBX desk phone, then when you initiate a call from the Skype for Business client, Skype for Business calls your phone first, you pick up the receiver, you’ll hear the other person’s phone ringing, then they pick up and you are set! Chat and use the Skype for Business client to share and show.

This graphic gives you the big picture:

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Here are the details:

  • In the Skype for Business main screen, search for or find the person you want to call.
  • Hover over their picture until the quick icons appear.
  • Click the phone icon arrow, then choose their work number.

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  • The Skype for Business conversation window opens and the message bar says “Calling….”
  • Your desk phone will ring. (Your phone’s display will indicate an incoming call from your company’s global phone number.)
  • Pick it up!
  • You’ll hear your phone ringing their phone and the Skype meeting message bar will say “Calling remote party….”
  • When they pick up, you’re both good to go. (The Skype message bar will say “Connected.”)

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  • From here, you can add IM to your call. Click the message bubble in the lower left.

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  • …and share your desktop by clicking the present icon.

Office 2016 Public Preview now available

Over the last 12 months, Microsoft transformed Office from a suite of desktop applications to a complete, cross-platform, cross-device solution for getting work done. Microsoft expanded the Office footprint to iPad and Android tablets. Microsoft upgraded Office experiences on the Mac, the iPhone and on the web. Microsoft even added new apps to the Office family with Sway and Office Lens. All designed to keep your work moving, everywhere. But that doesn’t mean Microsoft forgotten where Microsoft came from. While you’ve seen us focus on tuning Office for different platforms over the last year, make no mistake, Office on Windows desktop is central to our strategy.

In March Microsoft introduced an IT Pro and Developer Preview for the 2016 release of our Office desktop apps on Windows, and now—as a next step—Microsoft ready to take feedback from a broader audience. Today Microsoft expanding the Office 2016 Preview, making it available to Office users everywhere in preparation for general availability in fall 2015.

Office 2016 previewers will get an early look at the next release of Office on Windows desktop, but more importantly they’ll help to shape and improve the future of Office. Visit the Office 2016 Preview site to learn more about the Preview program and if it’s right for you.

New in Office 2016

Since March, Microsoft shared some glimpses of what’s to come in Office 2016. Today, Microsoft like to give a more holistic view of what customers at home and work can expect in the next release. In Office 2016, Microsoft updating the Office suite for the modern workplace, with smart tools for individuals, teams, and businesses.

Your documents, anywhere—Across the Office 2016 applications, it’s easier to use the power of feature-rich applications to create, open, edit and save files in the cloud from your desktop, so you can access them from anywhere and on any device. In addition, new modern attachments in Outlook make it easy to attach files from OneDrive and automatically configure permission for the recipients—without leaving Outlook. All making it easier to share and collaborate on your work with others.

Collaboration—Real-time co-authoring is available in the Office Online apps today and Microsoft bringing that experience to the Windows Desktop applications, starting with Word. When you and your team are working in Word 2016 and/or Office online, you’ll be able to see where other editors are working and what they are writing—all in real-time.

Smart Applications—Applications will learn as you work, taking advantage of subtle cues and clues to help you stay on task and get more out of Office. Tell me, a new search tool available in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, serves up the commands you need by simply typing what you want to do. Clutter—a new Exchange feature that lights up in Outlook—uses machine learning to analyze your email patterns and de-clutter your inbox by moving lower priority messages out of your way and into a new Clutter folder. And Insights, powered by Bing, finds you contextual information from the web within the reading experience.

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Data analysis made faster and easier— New analysis capabilities are built into Excel, so you can pull, map, analyze and visualize your data faster and easier than ever.

  • One-click forecasting. Create forecasts on your data series with one click to predict future trends.
  • Intuitive data connecting and shaping capabilities. With integrated Power Query, use Excel as your personal analysis workspace by connecting to and viewing all the data around you. Take advantage of a broad range of data sources, including tables from websites, corporate data like SAP Business Objects, unstructured sources like Hadoop, and services like Salesforce. After bringing all your data together in one place, quickly shape and combine to fit your unique business needs and get to analysis in seconds
  • Easy data modeling and powerful analysis. With improved Power Pivot features as part of Excel, map different data sets with drag-and-drop ease to build data models to give you the bigger picture of your business. Take advantage of intuitive analysis functions, automatic time grouping and other features that enhance your PivotTable and PivotChart analysis experience. Now with the ability to calculate 100s of millions of rows of data, perform deeper analysis with high speed.
  • Publish to Microsoft Power BI Preview. Effortlessly publish and share your Excel workbooks to users of Power BI.
  • New modern charts and graphs, including TreeMap, Sunburst, Waterfall, Box & Whisker and Histogram & Pareto in Excel help you to present your data in fresh ways.

New for IT

Office 2016 will offer new security, compliance, and deployment features, giving organizations more control over sensitive data and IT more flexibility in deployment and management.

Compliance and security controls

  • Data Loss Protection (DLP). DLP is now available in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. IT admins can centrally create, manage and enforce policies for content authoring and document sharing. End users will see policy tips or sharing restrictions when the apps detect a potential policy violation.
  • Outlook Multi-factor authenticationMulti-factor authentication now available in Outlook through integration with the Active Directory Authentication Library (ADAL).
  • Information Rights Management (IRM). IRM protection is now extended to Visio files, enabling both online and offline protection of Visio diagrams.

Flexible deployment and management options

  • Better network traffic management. New Background Intelligence Transfer Service (BITS) helps prevent congestion on the network. BITS throttles back the use of bandwidth when another critical network traffic is present.
  • Enhanced distribution management. Improved integration with ConfigMgr allows IT admins to efficiently download and distribute monthly Office updates using the native ConfigMgr features.
  • Flexible update management. Admins can now manage the pace at which they receive feature updates and bug fixes while continuing to receive regular security updates.

New controls in the Office 365 Admin Portal allows admins to manage device activations across users.

Microsoft Hololens


Holographic computing is here. 

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When you change the way you see the world, you can change the world you see.

Microsoft HoloLens is the first fully untethered, see-through holographic computer. It enables high-definition holograms to come to life in your world, seamlessly integrating with your physical places, spaces, and things. We call this experience mixed reality. Holograms mixed with your real world will unlock all-new ways to create, communicate, work, and play.

Transform your world with holograms.

For the first time, holograms will become practical tools of daily life. Interact with them to learn, or create something new. When you share your ideas, show and tell from multiple perspectives. Your digital content and creations will be more relevant when they come to life in the world around you.

Announcing the Microsoft HoloLens academic research grant.

How would you use Microsoft HoloLens to discover new possibilities? Your academic research proposal could be awarded two Microsoft HoloLens devices and $100,000 towards your funding. Tell us how Microsoft HoloLens and holographic computing will help people create, learn, communicate, collaborate, work, and play in new ways. Deadline is September 5, 2015.

See your world in new ways.

Microsoft HoloLens is made up of specialized components that make holographic computing possible. Learn more about the hard

Help shape the future of holographic computing.

Your imagination and creativity will drive new applications and experiences for Microsoft HoloLens. This is just the beginning. Be a part of it.

Transform the way you work.

Microsoft HoloLens will take productivity and collaboration in commercial applications to a new dimension.

 

Windows 10 Available on July 29

Microsoft shared the availability date for Windows 10. In fact, Microsoft thought they would let Cortana, the world’s most personal digital assistant, share the news. You can ask Cortana for the answer, or if you don’t have a Windows phone or a PC running the Windows10 Insider Preview handy – you can hear it for yourself here:

Through the feedback and testing of over four million Windows Insiders, Microsoft has made great progress on Windows 10 and Microsoft is nearly ready to deliver this free upgrade to all of our Windows customers*.

Do Great Things with Windows 10

Microsoft designed Windows 10 to create a new generation of Windows for the 1.5 billion people using Windows today in 190 countries around the world. With Windows 10, Microsoft started delivering on their vision of more personal computing, defined by trust in how Microsoft protects and respects your personal information, mobility of the experience across your devices, and natural interactions with your Windows devices, including speech, touch, ink, and holograms. Microsoft designed Windows 10 to run our broadest device family ever, including Windows PCs, Windows tablets, Windows phones, Windows for the Internet of Things, Microsoft Surface Hub, Xbox One and Microsoft HoloLens—all working together to empower you to do great things.

Familiar, yet better than ever, Windows 10 brings back the Start menu you know and love. Windows 10 is faster than ever before, with quick startup and resume. And Windows 10 provides the most secure platform ever, including Windows Defender for free anti-malware protection, and being the only platform with a commitment to deliver free ongoing security updates for the supported lifetime of the device.

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Microsoft has designed Windows 10 to help you be more productive and have more fun, with a range of innovations**:

Cortana, the world’s first truly personal digital assistant helps you get things done. Cortana learns your preferences to provide relevant recommendations, fast access to information, and important reminders. Interaction is natural and easy via talking or typing. And the Cortana experience works not just on your PC, but can notify and help you on your smartphone too.

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Microsoft Edge, is an all-new browser designed to get things done online in new ways, with built-in commenting on the web – via typing or inking — sharing comments, and a reading view that makes reading web sites much faster and easier. With Cortana integrated, Microsoft Edge offers quick results and content based on your interests and preferences. Fast, streamlined and personal, you can focus on just the content that matters to you and actively engage with the web.

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Office on Windows: In addition to the Office 2016 full featured desktop suite, Windows 10 users will be able to experience new universal Windows applications for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, all available separately. These offer a consistent, touch-first experience across a range of devices to increase you productivity. Designed from the ground up to run on Windows 10, you can easily create and edit Word documents, and deliver PowerPoint presentations while annotating on the fly. With new touch-first controls in Excel you can create or update spreadsheets without a keyboard or mouse. You will also be able to enjoy new versions of OneNote and Outlook, which are included with Windows 10 at no additional cost.

  • Xbox Live and the integrated Xbox App bring new game experiences to Windows 10. Xbox on Windows 10 brings the expansive Xbox Live gaming network to both Windows 10 PCs and tablets. Communicate with your friends on Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One – while playing any PC game. You can capture, edit and share your greatest gaming moments with Game DVR, and play new games with friends across devices. You can play games on your PC, streamed directly from your Xbox One console to your Windows 10 tablets or PCs, within your home. Games developed for DirectX 12 in Windows 10 will see improvements in speed, efficiency and graphics capability.
  • New Photos, Videos, Music, Maps, People, Mail & Calendar apps have updated designs that look and feel familiar from app to app and device to device.  You can start something on one device and continue it on another since your content is stored on and synched through OneDrive.

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  • Windows Continuum enables today’s best laptops and 2-in-1 devices to elegantly transform from one form factor to the other, enabling smooth transitions of your tablet into a PC, and back. And new Windows phones with Continuum can be connected to a monitor, mouse and physical keyboard to make your phone work like a PC.
  • Windows Hello, greets you by name and with a smile, letting you log in without a password and providing instant, more secure access to your Windows 10 devices. With Windows Hello, biometric authentication is easy with your face, iris, or finger, providing instant recognition.

Windows Store, with easy install and uninstall of trusted applications, supported by the broadest range of global payment methods.