Microsoft announced towards the back end of 2014 that in the first half of 2015, the next version of Lync will become Skype for Business with a new client experience, new server release, and updates to the service in Office 365. Skype for Business will take advantage of the strengths of Skype and Lync, combining the superb end user experience with security you trust.
I wanted to add some further detail around how Skype for Business is built firmly with the end user at its core and furthermore, how it gives organisations the ability to reach hundreds of millions of Skype users around the world.
1. It’s Familiar and easy
Because you know Skype, using Skype for Business with your colleagues, partners and customers is effortless — requiring less training and support.
2. Available Anywhere, on any device
Conversations travel seamlessly with you from the meeting room to any mobile device, including OS X, Windows and Android.
3. Maximise Office
Turn an email into a meeting and escalate into a group call, thanks to improved integration with Office, Active Directory, Exchange and SharePoint.
4. Have face-to-face conversations from anywhere
Video and voice calling are more natural than ever — like you’re in the same room. Skype for Business is designed to deliver a high-quality experience for every conversation.
5. Even more control at your fingertips
You can now confidently manage policies, grant feature rights and govern external communications, even from the cloud.
Current Lync Server customers will be able to take advantage of these capabilities simply by updating from Lync Server 2013 to the new Skype for Business Server in their datacenters. No new hardware is required. For Office 365 customers, it’s even simpler. Microsoft will do the required updates.