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Re: [LUG] Skype Beta


On 07/03/2017 14:42, Eion MacDonald via list wrote:
> On 07/03/2017 01:21, mr meowski via list wrote:
>> For now this remains pretty strongly on my "things I don't care about"
>> list but I'll have to pay at least some attention I guess. As in Ian's
>> reply, the ability to join conference/group chats is the killer feature
>> that's still missing (outside of the bog standard 'video-call your mate
>> in a country that is expensive to actually phone' functionality, which
>> does actually work. Mostly).
> I have had extensive use of ""  "" Skype ""  "" in work situations for a
> multinational with sites in about 30 countries including PRC , Japan,
> S.Korea, ROC, Singapore, EU , USA etc.
> All on various Windows platforms (mostly Windows 7, but XP in PRC)
> However, and it is a BIG problem,  "Skype  for Business"  does not talk
> to "consumer Skype" sets on private Windows boxes. So no communication
> to anyone unless they are on "Skype for Business" which is a paid affair.
> My private MS Boxes with "Consumer Skype" could not talk to "Skype for
> Business".
> It is possible to set up "Skype for Business" to communicate with normal
> "consumer Skype" sets, but in opinion of company's IT folk this opens
> ports to attach on company sets. So after much 'wishing to do this';
> they only use "Skype for Business" (with monetisation to MS and hefty
> annual rent) within the company VPN (external to offices) or on LAN
> within offices.
> However they cam 'talk only' by Skype for Business" to my land line
> phone. No video so no conference use.
> I have used (against company policy) "consumer Skype" at both ends of
> private computers to fellow employees in Japan and Czeckia, [ Nihon-guy
> had to bring his private laptop to office to talk to me at my home (my
> nighttime his day time), (I worked from home mostly)] while when we were
> both in office  at the same actual time we could use full video conferencing 
> ability of "Skype for Business".
> I have not used "Skype" (the consumer version cut down) in Linux.
> MS Monetisation is done by driving companies to "Skype for Business"

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Skype for Business cost USD $2 per month per desk installed.

Eion MacDonald

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