New Skype for Business Server 2019 features
Comprehensive unified communication
Skype for Business Server 2019 offers instant messaging and presence, meetings and audio conferencing, and enterprise voice with a server developer platform. Android, iOS, Mac, Windows apps are available and web browsers.
As an employee, you can join meetings with a single touch or click. If a meeting was scheduled in advance, participants can always join conveniently by checking their calendar meeting reminders. When in a meeting, you can share files, turn on video sharing or even share your desktop screen with the other attendants.
Conduct online meetings, even on the go
One of the strongest features of Skype for Business Server 2019 is the ability to create or schedule meetings even on the go. You can conduct audio, video or web conferences from virtually anywhere. This allows you to plan meetings in advance or host them in real time from anywhere in the world for up to 250 people.
Additionally, the Web Scheduler also allows you to perform even more tasks within minutes. Get a clear overview of upcoming meetings, adjust the details of individual meetings or delete them altogether, send invitations for more people or join a meeting you were invited to yourself. All this is available on the go!
Microsoft Office integration
You can deliver PowerPoint presentations, Word documents and even your Outlook inbox to participants in high-resolution, allowing you to share your ideas and plans without having to plan a meeting in real life. This flawless integration is only possible with Microsoft products - no competitor will match the number of possibilities and capabilities.
During meetings, some important decisions have to be done. Instead of having to distinguish multiple opinions at the same time and find a fair way to make a decision, you can simply create a poll and review its results together with the attendants. Polling is a practice that helps you enhance collaboration between the participants and the presenter, sets preferences and helps you get a clear view of opinions even if hundreds of people are attending a meeting.
Skype for Business Server 2019 comes with an integrated digital whiteboard which allows you to collaborate with participants as if you were in the same room. You can use it to write notes, draw or even import images and work on top of those. Once a meeting is over, you can also save the whiteboard and keep it for the future.
Multiple people can work on the whiteboard simultaneously, but each one of the annotation tools can only be used by one person at a time. For example, if someone is already using the visual Laser Pointer tool, you can't take it from them unless they stop using it. This allows for coordinated teamwork without disruptions.
Security and total user control
Skype for Business Server 2019 improves communication security with integrated encryption and authorization through Active Directory. This can be used in your datacenters and managed entirely by you. Even if someone is capable of intercepting your signal and media traffic, they'll only see encrypted text, making it near impossible to find sensitive information through malicious ways.
Skype for Business allows you to archive peer-to-peer instant messages, multiparty instant messages, and content upload activities. This capability requires Exchange and is controlled by your Exchange mailbox through In-Place Hold.
All of the archiving in Skype for Business Server 2019 is considered user-level archiving. You can only enable or disable it for one or more specific users or groups of users by creating, configuring, and applying a user-level archiving policy for those selected users. There is not a direct way to control archiving settings from Skype for Business’ admin center.
Skype for Business Hybrid
This software allows users to split between Server and Online mode based on their communication needs. You can now easily move users to the cloud with better cloud integration and use Skype for Business Server with Exchange Online.
Direct SIP and gateway interoperability with PBX systems, Skype for Business 2019 gives you better control on your network with Software Defined Network support, QoS, and call admission control. Native interoperability is also available with legacy video.
More features to love
- • Simplified Team Migration: Skype for Business 2019 lets administrators to easily move on-premises to teams with simple admin experience.
- • Cloud Call Data Connector: Make call monitoring easier in a hybrid environment by using online tools to monitor users call quality.
- • Cloud Voicemail Support: All users of Skype for Business 2019 whether they are on-premises or online are allowed to have access to Cloud Voicemail.
- • Cloud Auto Attendant: Support for Cloud Auto Attendant. This auto attendant functionality has been removed from Exchange Server 2019 and put into Skype for Business 2019 instead.
Removed features and better alternatives
In earlier versions such as Skype for Business 2015 in-place upgrades were available but are not supported in Skype for Business Server 2019. However, side by side upgrade and coexistence is supported.
Persistent Chat Server
Persistent Chat Server is a non-compulsory role that allows multiple users in your company to participate in chat room meetings. Skype for Business 2019 doesn’t support persistent chat, this server role was removed from Typology Builder and also from the code.
Skype for Business 2019 doesn’t support mobility service used by legacy mobile clients, which was formally announced in Skype for Business Server 2015.
Presently, all Skype for Business mobile clients uses Unified Communications Web API (UCWA) to support instant messaging, contacts and presence. Those still with legacy clients using Mcx will need to upgrade to an up-to-date client.
XMPP Gateways for Skype for Business Servers
Earlier versions of Skype for Business Server (like Skype for Business Server 2015) lets you configure an Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP) proxy on the Edge Server and an XMPP Gateway on the Front End Server or Front End pool, which is longer supported on Skype for Business Server 2019.