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When you start the Microsoft Skype for Business 2016 client, there's a splash screen with the waiting UI. To suppress the startup splash screen, you can follow these two steps:

  1. Install the January 3, 2017, update (KB3128049) for Skype for Business 2016.

  2. Use the following GPO:

    Set the DisableSplashScreen key to 1 under the following path:

    HKCU\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Lync\DisableSplashScreenAdditionally, to show the startup splash screen, set the DisableSplashScreen key to 0.

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