Friday, January 20, 2017

Attendant Pro Jan 2017 (Q4-2016) Update: Skype for Business 2016 UI, MP3 Recording, Export-Import Settings & More

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  • Skype for Business 2016 User Interface & Color Scheme
    • Skype for Business 2015 & Lync 2013 are still an option
  • MP3 call recording format
  • Easily Export and Import Settings on another PC
  • Ability to push out default application settings that can be later edited by user
  • “Current Call” panel auto centers or can be manually moved up or down
  • Video buttons to Start/Stop video from Current Call, Contacts (right click) & Contact Details
  • Added Vertical “Contact Groups” layout
  • Added ability to click anywhere on the incoming call to answer
  • Ability to Get a Trial Key directly from the main screen
  • Added ability to added buttons for specific contact methods (Work, Mobile, Voicemail, Other, Home) to a “Contact Layout”
  • Small Contact Layout has been modernized
  • Large Contact Layout has been modernized
  • Large Contact List Layout has been modernized
  • “Contact Details” now have modern button look
  • Improved: Presence change icons now have Skype for Business styling
  • Improved: human German translation
  • Fixed: Call Forwarding sometimes stops working after Attendant Pro is running for awhile
  • Fixed: Out of Office & Note formatting in “Contact Details”
  • Fixed: “Vertical Tab” Character in contact fields can cause contact list not to download in “Advanced Search“
  • Fixed: Setting hot keys from Group Policy Objects now works correctly

In this release you will notice a lot of fine tuning of the user interface.

Skype for Business 2016 User Interface & Color Scheme

Attendant Pro has now includes not only a Skype for Business 2015 and Lync 2013 user interface, but also the new Skype for Business 2016 UI that is more friendly to accessibility colors.

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Easily select which user interface with a click or by pushing out a policy.

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Record Calls in MP3 Format

Call recording is built into Attendant Pro and now includes the ability to chose MP3 or WAV recording format for more efficient storage. To configure this go to Options | Recording | Compress to MP3. (Requires Windows 8 or later OS)

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Easily Export and Import Settings on another PC

Attendant Pro application settings can be rolled out several ways:

  • Manually configure them using the Options window
  • Push them out using standard Windows Server Group Policy Objects
  • Export the settings from Attendant Pro on one PC and import to another

Go to Options | Configuration Information and click “Export Configuration File” to create a configuration file that can easily be imported on another machine.

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Push out an Application Package that Includes default Attendant Pro settings

We have now created a simple method for organizations to create an “application package” that includes organization specific settings users will see when they first run Attendant Pro.

The process to create this package:

  • Configure Attendant Pro as desired
  • Go to Options | Configuration Information and click “Export Configuration File”
  • Rename the configuration file “Settings_Default.config”
  • Place this “Settings_Default.config” in the Attendant Pro installation directory

 

“Current Call” Panel Position can be adjusted

The Current Call panel will auto center based on screen size or can be manually moved up or down to customize to the need.

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Adjust down.

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Video Call Control

Video start/stop control is now available on Current Call, Contacts (right click) & Contact Details.

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Contact Details

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Vertical “Contact Groups” layout

Arrange “Contact Groups” layout horizontally or vertically. Options | General | Contact Groups Layout.

Horizontal “Contact Groups” layout.

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Vertical “Contact Groups” layout.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Attendant Pro for Skype for Business 2016 Quick Start Guide

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Attendant Console for Skype for Business 2016 Quick Start Guide available here: PDF

Other Office 2016 Quick Start Guides Available Here: Click Here

Thursday, December 8, 2016

We are committed to a Familiar Future

Whatever the future we believe receptionists should have a familiar & integrated experience. We have invested in developing a UX layer that enables us to deliver user interfaces that create a seamless & familiar attendant console companion to the Microsoft Office 365 or Skype powered tool of your choice. Whether Skype for Business 2015, Skype for Business 2016, Microsoft Lync 2013 or some other future Microsoft user interface, with Attendant Pro you can count on moving into the future with confidence.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Attendant Pro Sept 2016 (Q3-2016) Update: Analytics Dashboard, See Contacts by Department, Office, Etc; Configure Current Call Buttons & More

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New Features

  • Attendant Console Analytics Dashboard (No Server, No Office 365 Dependency)
  • Advanced Search
    • Outlook-style Search Filters
    • See Contacts in a Department (Office, Location, Title) By Select from a List Created From Contact List
  • 1-Click Saved Search
  • Setting to remove unused call transfer buttons from the “Current Call”
  • Sign In or Out of all Skype for Business RGS Queues w/1-Click or Button Press (definable hotkeys)
  • Setting to Auto-Close conversations started by Attendant Pro (suppress inactive conversation windows)
  • “Handled Calls” Panel displays the Contact who picked up a parked call
  • “Medium Contact List” formatted Contact Layout added
  • Local Machine Settings (Hkey local machine) apply to all users on a machine
  • Attendant Pro lab tested with JAWS Accessibility software
  • Added Icelandic  language (machine)
  • Users can easily give Feedback via Microsoft Office like feedback navigation

Enhancements

  • Pop out Contact from Contact Details header panel
  • Contacts styled a bit closer to Skype for Business & Lync 2013
  • Voicemail & Options buttons in top right styled like Skype for Business & Lync 2013
  • Contact Details displays “No Contact Selected” if that is the case instead of a blank card
  • List contact formats now dynamically size according to width
  • “Park For” now clears the “Contact Search” field

Fixes

  • Recording now not interrupted by subsequent unanswered calls
  • RGS Queue statistics no longer timeout after running for some time
  • Redial now works with Skype for Business 2016

 

Attendant Console Analytics Dashboard (No Server, No Office 365 Dependency)

Attendant console analytics dashboard is now a built in feature and requires no additional servers or Office 365 services licenses. The key performance indicators can be displayed right in the Attendant Pro footer along with other application indicators like Microsoft Office applications.

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More detail of the available KPI’s.

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Clicking on the KPI’s will launch the Attendant Pro insights dashboard in Microsoft Excel.

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The Attendant Pro Analytics Dashboard has the following reports and graphs out of the box:

  • Today key performance indicators
  • Date Range key performance indicator
  • ACD Activity Chart
  • Transfer Type Chart
  • In versus Out going Calls
  • Call Volume by Hour
  • Call Volume by Day

Additional dashboard KPI and charts can be added using standard Microsoft Excel methods.

To configure report and analytics dashboard just go to Options | Reporting and then Check “Enable Call Detail Reporting” and select the key performance indicators you want to display.

Advanced Search: Outlook-style Search Filters

NOTE: This feature requires Advanced Search. To turn on: Options | Search | Search=Advanced. Now restart Attendant Pro.

In “Contact Search”  turn on the [1] Filter panel, then [2] select a filter and now you are ready type type in (for this case) a Department.

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Now just type in an existing department name (or part of a department name). Users can further filter by adding, for example, a contact name.

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See Contacts in a Department (Office, Location, Title) By Select from a List Created From Contact List

NOTE: This feature requires Advanced Search. To turn on: Options | Search | Search=Advanced. Now restart Attendant Pro.

The feature allows users to a Department, Office, Location or Title from a list and show all the contacts in that object. Just select the Department list and select “Service” to show all the contacts in the “Service” department.

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These lists are automatically generated from the contact list.

1-Click Saved Search

You can save commonly used searches for quick access.

Just [1] create a search and then [2] right-click in the search field and [3] click
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Now you can further edit the “Saved Search” by editing the display Name and, if you wish, adding a keyboard shortcut. (the keyboard shortcut can even be global, so if you are working in another application it still works!)

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Now you can display this saved search by clicking the menu that will appear beside the search. Users can also use the keyboard shortcut without using this menu.

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Setting to remove unused call transfer buttons from the “Current Call”

Now you can configure what transfer buttons you want to show on the “Current Call”. Go to Options | Current Call and “Minimize” any buttons you don’t wish to appear on the “Current Call”.

NOTE: If shortcut keys are assigned to a transfer type the user will still have access to this transfer type.

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Sign In or Out of all Skype for Business RGS Groups

Users can now sign in or out of all formal RGS Agent Groups with one click or shortcut key press. The “Options” window allows users to define shortcut keys for “Sign In All” and “Sign Out All” for efficient management of RGS Agent Groups.

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Setting to Auto-Close Conversations started by Attendant Pro

(suppress inactive conversation windows)

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“Handled Calls” Panel displays the Contact who picked up a Parked Call

The contact that picks up a Park Call is indicated in the “Handled Calls” panel.

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“Medium Contact List” formatted Contact Layout added

Below is the new medium contact list layout.

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Attendant Pro June 2016 Update: Assistant, Segmented Contact Search, Search Exchange Public Folders & Multi-Monitor Support & More


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New Features

  • Related Contacts now displays the Exchange Assistant contact (using EWS/No Additional Servers)
  • Segmented (pre filtered) Contact List Search (No Server Required)
    • Limit search results to Office, Department or other criteria of your choice. (no IT intervention)
  • Advanced Search: Exchange/EWS Public Folder Contact List(s) can now be a contact list search source (along w/Exchange GAL & CSV files)
  • Pop Out “Contact Details” panel/s onto any monitor
    • Have commonly used contacts pinned to any monitor for 1 click call or transfer access
  • Added List Contact Layouts (Now there is Tile or List formatted contact layouts)
  • F1 Help Multilingual Help (ES, DE, FR at this time) (online)
  • Call Pops based on RGS or Display Name ({DisplayName} and {RGSName} variable now available)
  • CSV Contact List search now supports Unicode characters
  • Safe Transfers & Park For’s that are returned to operator now indicates the Contact the call was previously transferred to which failed.
  • Advanced Search: Ability to add a new SIP contact now possible
  • Mouse & Touch Optimized switchable UI
  • Resizable Fonts (Normal, Large, Extra Large)

Enhancements

  • Fonts now match Skype for Business (fonts follow UI selection)
  • Attendant Pro application boarders now match Skype for Business
  • Notifications/Alerts now more closely match Skype for Business styling
  • Time/Date shown in format of the language/culture selected
  • “Call Forwarding” Quick Access Shortcuts now works in all scenarios
  • Collapse “Related Contacts” tree

Changes

  • New Transfer Icons to more closely match Skype for Business
  • Safe Transfer Icon changed/improved
  • Transfer Mode indicator more closely matches Skype for Business look (blue, not red)
  • Options: "Shortcut Setup" > Quick Access Shortcuts
  • Options: Call Back Email Setup > Message Templates

Fixes

  • Start recording a call if you start Attendant Pro during the call
  • It was hard to tell which context menu item were disabled
  • Park For is now disabled when Park is not relevant
  • Product version matches version  listed in Add/Remove Programs

 

“Related Contacts” now displays the Exchange Assistant contact (using EWS/No Additional Servers)

If the “msExchAssistantName” field is populated (Display Name or SIP URI) it will be displayed along with other “Related Contacts” via EWS.

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Segmented (pre filtered) Contact List Search (No Server Required)

Just enter a filter which will be applied to each search to allow operator to search for contacts in their Office or Department (or any other supported filter). Below searching for “Martin” shows all Martins in New York office.

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Pop Out “Contact Details” panel/s onto any monitor

One click call or transfer (any function) access to even more contacts and related contacts.

Multi-Monitor Support

Advanced Search: Search Exchange/EWS Public Folder Contact List(s) Natively From Attendant Pro.

Public Folder contact Lists can now be a contact list search source (along w/Exchange GAL & CSV files). Configuration is just a minute & a few clicks.

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Tiles or Lists Format for Contacts Lists

We’ve added the ability to select tiles or list for the format your contacts in groups or searches are displayed in.

List Format

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Tile Format

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Attendant Pro March 2016 Update: Skype for Business UI Improvements, Out of Office Indicator, Transfer to VM & More

BEFORE YOU UPDATE READ & BE AWARE OF HOW UPDATES WILL AFFECT YOUR USERS. ESPECIALLY THE FIRST 3 ITEMS:

  • When a user clicks voicemail contact method when a call is in “Transfer Mode”, Attendant Pro will always do Blind Transfer, even if call is in consult Transfer (Current implementation: if a call is in ANY transfer mode, clicking voicemail on a contact will do a blind transfer to voicemail, even for "Park For")
  • The Code signing certificate was changed including the name. (THIS MAY AFFECT PEOPLE USING APPLOCKER)
  • Changed the call recording folder from AppData/Roaming to AppData/Local.

 

  • Many UI Improvements to make user interface match Skype for Business even more closely.
  • French translation improved by human translation
  • Skype for Business style Out of Office indicator
  • Skype for Business small (one line) presence style on Small & Medium "Contact Layouts"
  • Skype for Business style Call & SmartCall icons
  • SmartCall buttons are now indicated with an additional dot on the call icon (see example)
  • EWS Connection Status (for Address book, MWI, etc) indicates green of connected successfully
  • Make EWS alternate credential management more user-friendly
  • Hide EWS note field when EWS is turned off or not working.
  • Contact Group "Pinned Contacts" is now named "Favorites" to match Skype for Business
  • Quite a bit of Skype for Business styling: Current Call window shading/color,
  • Menu styling more closely matches Skype for Business & Lync 2013
  • Enhancement: User Interface UI Logging added to logs
  • Contact Group icons to indicate if a group is a distribution group.
  • Indicate outgoing Ringing call as "Calling" state, not merely "Inactive" till call is established
  • Many Translation Improvements
  • Skype for Business style Retrieve Voicemail icon
  • Skype for Business style voicemail icon on "Contact Layouts"
  • Call Information window: Make default regex so that it works out of box
  • Fix: Default delegate is not re-selected after sign out/in of Skype4B
  • Fix: Shortcuts quick reference on bottom now reflect changes without restart.
  • Fix: If Skype4B user signs out and in, user name/delegate drop down now continues to work.
  • Fix: When you search for contact using criteria (Department:(Partners) it sometimes shows the results twice or more.
  • Out of Office text formatting on Large Contact Card
  • Add Out of Office Tool Tip on Large Contact Card
  • Add Skype for Business style Out of Office Indicator on Contact Layout & Contact Details

 

Out of Office Indicator on “Contact Layouts” & “Contact Details” Panel

Attendant Pro now has Skype for Business style “Out of Office” indicator. It is on Contact Layouts (Contact Groups, Contact Search & Related Contacts) and on the Contact Details panel.

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Contact Details

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“Smart Call” versus “Call” indicator: Know when you are explicitly calling a Skype4B Contact or Using “Smart Call”

We are now using distinct icons to visually show when a call button is a “Smart Call” or regular Skype for Business/Lync “Call” button. The Smart Call icon includes an extra dot to indicate it is using Smart Call logic to determine the number that will be called.

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Smart Call Will use Smart logic. Hover to see what it will call.
2016-03-31 14_45_04- Call Will call only the SIP contact

 

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Monday, December 21, 2015

Attendant Pro December 2015 Update: Change Other User’s Presence & Notes, Call Recording Upload & More

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New Features

  • “Change Presence/Note for Another User” UI surfaces SEFAUTIL Server functionality inside Attendant Pro.
  • Call Recording Upload Location
    • Automatically upload recordings to network location of your choice for archiving or manager listening
  • When performing a safe transfer to voicemail contact method, Attendant Pro will use Blind Transfer
  • Attendant Pro only runs once (running it again will set focus to exsisting instance) 
  • Contact Layout Call button logic gets additional intelligence
  • Add Arabic (Quatar), Arabic (UAE), Spanish (Spain), Malay (Malaysia), Czech
  • “Advanced Search” now has paging if more than one page of results are returned

Improvements/Fixes of Exsisting Features

  • Updated French, German, Danish, Spanish, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Dutch, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Swedish, & Chinese.
  • Fixed - Tool tips on Contact Card contact methods are sometimes blank
  • Fixed - On the large Contact Layout the photos are now async

“Change Presence/Note for Another User” UI surfaces SEFAUTIL Server Functionality Inside Attendant Pro

In Attendant Pro we have been steadily surfacing more & more functionality of various servers and web services to make a seamless and optimized user experience for common attendant console tasks.  Some of the servers & web services already integrated with Attendant Pro are Exchange, Azure and Office 365.

In the latest version of Attendant Pro we are seamlessly surfacing the functionality of SEFAUTIL Server which means if you have SEFAUTIL Server in your environment the ability to change other users presence and notes will “light up” in Attendant Pro. SEFAUTIL Server has its own centrally managed and very granular security for who can change which user’s settings.

“Change Presence/Note for Another User” is efficiently launched from the “Contact Details” panel (At the moment double clicking the DisplayName in the “Contact Details” panel. NOTE: This UI element is subject to change.) and then you just make your Note and/or Presence change and press OK. At a glance you will see the changes as they occur for immediate feedback that your request was successful.

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Detailed view of the “Change Presence/Note for Another User” screen: 

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Once again, “Change Presence/Note for Another User” user interface becomes available if you have SEFAUTIL Server implemented in your Skype for Business Server environment.

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Call Recording Upload Location

In the October 2015 update we introduced in Call Recording in Attendant Pro. In this update we are enhancing Call Recording to upload recordings to a network share of your choice for archiving or manager review.

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The recordings upload happens as a background task. If Attendant Pro is closed, copying will be paused till Attendant Pro is run again. Attempts to tamper with recordings being uploaded will be logged. 

 

When performing a safe transfer to voicemail contact method, Attendant Pro will use “Blind Transfer”

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If you select to do a “Safe Transfer” then select “Voicemail” on a contact, Attendant Pro will transfer using “Blind Transfer”. (since using Safe Transfer will always result in the call bouncing back to the attendant instead of actually going to voicemail)

Limit Attendant Pro Running Instances to One

If you try to run Attendant Pro the second time it will just maximize the exsisting running Attendant Pro instance.

“Smart” Contact Method Logic Made More Sophisticated

If a user clicks the Skype for Business/Lync “Call” or selects “Smart” ( Options | General | Contact Double Click Action = Smart ) for the double click action for a Contact Layout the below logic is what determines what number is called/transferred to:

  • When there are mulitple content methods associated with a contact, the Attendant Pro hiearchy:

    • If only one contact method, use that contact method.
    • If more than one contact method use 1st “SIP/Skype Call” address
    • If no SIP/Skype CAll then use “Work” (ADDED)
    • “Other Call” (ADDED)

The user can also hover over the Call button to see what the call/transfer to destination will be.

 

“Advanced Search”: Added Paging if there more than one page of results

In “Advanced Search” you can now page through multiple pages of results.

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Added UI Languages

We’ve added several languages: Arabic (Quatar), Arabic (UAE), Spanish (Spain), Malay (Malaysia) and Czech.

 

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