Why the names in a Skype meeting vary in how they are ordered

On our “you ask the questions, we try to answer them” call this week, someone brought up the question of why some names in a Skype meeting are in first/last name order, and others are in last/first name order. Even more confusing, it’s not consistent for a particular name across all the people on the call. We presented the question to our Skype expert Brandon Bettle and found out the answer.

By default, the name will display in last/first name order. However, if you have that person as a contact in Outlook with a different display name but a matching email and/or SIP address, Skype will display the name in whatever order it shows in Outlook:

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And now we know…

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