On premise deployment also offers "Large Meeting" support. Large meetings have the following characteristics: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj204894(v=ocs.15).aspx
- The meeting format is a one-to-many presentation.
- One or a few users are presenters, and everyone else participates only as attendees.
- PowerPoint presentation sharing is the main data collaboration activity.
- Audio is required and video may also be used.
- A dedicated person, generally either the meeting organizer or an assistant to the organizer sets up the meeting well in advance.
- Dedicated staff (not the presenters) runs the meeting, including connecting to an online meeting, verifying that audio, video, and slide sharing work, managing lobby and user roles, muting and unmuting participants, taking questions, and managing recordings, as appropriate.
With the evolution of Microsoft Cloud, we can now offer our CEO meetings up to 10,000 (yes, ten thousand) participants who can attend in a browser on practically any device. How about that!
Needless to say, Broadcast Meetings service is available only if have online tenant and you are running Hybrid configuration.
The steps to prepare the environment for Broadcast Meetings are defined here: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt243953.aspx
- Add new Hosting Provider
- New-CsHostingProvider -Identity LyncOnlineResources -ProxyFqdn sipfed.resources.lync.com -VerificationLevel AlwaysVerifiable -Enabled $True -EnabledSharedAddressSpace $True -HostsOCSUsers $True -IsLocal $False
- Add three new SIP Federated Domains
- New-CsAllowedDomain -Identity "noammeetings.lync.com"
- New-CsAllowedDomain -Identity "emeameetings.lync.com"
- New-CsAllowedDomain -Identity "apacmeetings.lync.com"
Scheduling is really easy.
Configure the details
Add users who will conduct the meeting
...and Secure (Individuals identified by email address or distribution group - both from our company).
Lastly, we can customize some options
Our Skype Broadcast Meeting is now scheduled. All I need now is to copy the Event link and distribute it to the participants.
After I clicked the meeting link, I was asked to login with my AD credentials via ADFS...
...and after authentication, I am presented with this screen
Looks like a plugin is (once again) required.
***It appears that the "Event Team" - people who will manage the meeting must have Lync/Skype4B client in order to join as Meeting Manager ("Your event team consists of presenters, producers, organizers, moderators and anyone else you trust to have control of the broadcast").
Because I do have Lync client on the computer I have joined from, the client was used and I have the familiar Skype meeting interface. I was able to join prior to the scheduled time!. This, of course, make sense because Presenters/Organizers must be able to upload and validate the content and the functionality of the meeting. Attendees, however, will uses web browser only.
I did upload PowerPoint presentation
If an attendee joins ahead of time, the following screen is presented.
Once an Event Team member Start Broadcast...
...the attendees will see the content.
My overall experience was excellent. Meeting scheduling was easy, the interface intuitive and took literally 2 minutes to complete.
Event Team members will manage the meetings from a familiar Skype4B client interface and use familiar controls.
As for the attendee's experience, one word - cannot be simpler than that. Click and attend.
Great work, Microsoft/Skype team!