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What is a Skype Meeting Broadcast?

Skype Meeting Broadcast enables organizations to produce and broadcast a Skype for Business meeting on the Internet to up to 10,000 attendees, who can attend from a browser on nearly any device. Skype Meeting Broadcast makes it easy to host large virtual meetings like internal “Town Hall” style meetings and public webinars.

Let’s take it out for a spin

Looking for a way to broadcast your message via the Internet, without paying the extra expenses for Go-to-Webinar, etc.  We will be looking into Skype Meeting Broadcast; and we’ll let you know how it works out.

We’ll start by reviewing this Skype Meeting Broadcast Microsoft support article, and follow-up on all the associated instructions.

You do not have permission for Skype Meeting BroadcastWe know that we have the Office 365 E3 plan, so we should be all set, right?  Whoops — You don’t have permission to create meetings.  Huh, it seems we’re off to a bumpy start.  Where do we get signed-up to get permission to create a meeting?  Okay, well, put your PowerShell hat on as we enable your organization for Skype Meeting Broadcast.  After making the necessary change in PowerShell, it may take up to an hour to take effect in the Skype Meeting Broadcast portal.

Well, we didn’t have to wait an hour, and were able to create our first meeting.  We’re going to test it out next Friday, March 4th at noon. After we take it for a test drive, we’ll report back. We’re going to be launching a “Business Technology Webinar Series,” so we’re counting on this mechanism to enable the broadcast. If you want to get a quicker insight to how it works, then plan on attending the Live Microsoft Event featuring Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and customers on Thursday, March 10th at 10:00 a.m. They’ll be presenting live from New York City, and simulcasting on Skype Meeting Broadcast. The topic is a Data Driven SQL Event.  Look for the link on our home page.

~ Editor’s note: Skype Meeting Broadcast turned out to not be the solution for us.  We’re going to be focused on giving webinar demos; and while this tool allows you to present PowerPoint and live video feeds, it does not allow for screen-sharing, which is what we intend to use for our webinar demos.  So, we’ll next be looking at Skype for Business PSTN Conferencing.

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