This will change the look and feel of the client from standard Lync 2013:
To the Skype for Business 2015 client:
In addition the sounds will change.
There are three things you need to do in order of importance:
- Get a registry entry onto *EVERY* PC in your organisation so that your users do not see the new interface, this can best be configured with a GPO which sets the following reg key:
In the [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\Lync] key, create a new Binary value.
The Value name must be EnableSkypeUI, and the Value data must be set to 00000000.
This will make sure that the first time that the new client runs (prior to getting the in-band policy we are going to look at in step 3 - but don't skip ahead, read this all!) then it loads in the familiar Lync 2013 interface.
- Ensure your Lync Servers are patched to:
- Set the following policy on your Lync Servers:
Get-CsClientPolicy | Set-CsClientPolicy -EnableSkypeUI $False
This will set the in-band policy to also write the registry value as specified in point 1 above but in-band polices only apply after the end user has logged in, so if you do not set the registry value your end users will see the following:
Which means end users can decide to run with the Skype for Business UI for as long as they are logged in (with the associated ServiceDesk calls "why does this look different?" et al.)
One important note - if you have users who are on un-managed machines (Home Use Program, purchased the DVD from PC World, et al) then you cannot manage the first run experience. Those users can see the new Skype for Business until the registry key gets set by the in-band policy.
- Configure the client experience with Skype for Business
- Lync is now Skype for Business — see what's new
- Skype for Business Dual UI Client Logic (webcast - registration needed but gives the most information.)