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Skype for Business User Tip #46: Projecting a Mobile Device Into a Skype for Business Meeting

Recently I was doing a presentation where I wanted to demonstrate the user interface of several mobile apps. What is a simple way to get, say, an Android phone (or other devices that can miracast) projecting into a Skype for Business meeting?

Windows 10’s new “Project to a PC” feature comes to the rescue! Here is the overview:

  • On PC1 configure “Projecting to this PC”
  • Connect MobileDevice1 to the PC1
  • Share PC’s screen in a Skype for Business meeting

Now we’ll do step by step.

On PC1 configure “Projecting to this PC”

On a Windows 10 PC with the latest updates, click on start and type “Projecting to this PC” and open.

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Configure the “Projecting to this PC” settings to look like the below.

Note: In spite of the warning that “this device might have trouble…” it worked fine for me. I have noticed that it is a bit hit and miss with which mobile + PC combinations work, so I suggest testing before you meeting!

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Now on MobileDevice1 find your “Cast” feature which is usually under Settings | Display on Android devices.

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Tap on the PC1 (In this case JN-PC03) and  it should  connect.

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If l went well, the MobileDevice1’s screen should  be projecting on PC1

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Now you will need  to get the Connect app out of full screen mode by holding your mouse at the top center of the screen.

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So now go into an active Skype for Business Meeting and  share the Windows 10 “Connect” app/window, right? Wrong, Skype for Business does not recognize a Windows 10 Universal Apps (Windows Store app) as a legitimate Window or Application to be shared in a Skype for Business meeting.

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But this is just a momentary bump in  the road. We will just share our Windows 10 desktop/Monitor and Full Screen the “Connect” app. And voila! we are (wirelessly) presentting a mobile phone in a Skype for Business meeting!

The experience of others in the meeting looks like the below.

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Or in landscape view (tilt the mobile phone)

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Some observations:

  • The lag is not to bad in my tests
  • You can also use this method  to wirelessly & adhoc bring a PC desktop into a meeting (but of course, they have Skype for Business, so why not just join the meeting, eh?)
  • All Windows 10 Connect App limitations apply of course

 

For a ton more cool User Tips, get the Skype for Business User Tips & Tricks for Anyone Free eBook

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See the other Skype for Business User QuickTips (formerly known as Lync)
http://windowspbx.blogspot.com/search/label/Skype4BUserTip

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