Microsoft is bringing it all together with Skype for business – the familiar Skype that consumers love with the trusted business communication platform – Lync. Skype and Lync are two of the most popular communication platforms globally with over 100 million people currently using Lync for work, whilst Skype sees 50 billion minutes of traffic every month – a third of the world’s long distance traffic.
Microsoft first announced in November 2014 that the next version of Lync would become Skype for Business. On March 17th 2015, they unveiled the technical preview of the Skype for Business client, which gives customers an opportunity to trial Skype for Business and begin preparing for their deployment.
The new Skype for Business clients are available on Windows and Windows Phone as well as rival operating systems like Android, iOS and OS X, will be accompanied by an update from Lync Server 2013. The Lync backend for commercial Office 365 customers will be updated by Microsoft, as is the norm for the subscription-based, semi-cloud-based plans. It will transform the way people communicate by giving users the opportunity to connect with colleagues and anyone who has a Skype login.
The Skype for Business client, Skype for Business Server and the new service in Office 365 will begin rolling out in April 2015.
Thanks to John from Advantage Business Systems for this contribution.