Microsoft first announced in November last year that the next version of Lync would become Skype for Business. And now, the Skype for Business client, Skype for Business Server, and the new service in Office 365 will begin rolling out in April.
Skype for Business combines the familiar experience of Skype that many users know to keep in touch with friends and family, with the trusted Lync platform that businesses count on. Lync users will find features they already use like the Quick Actions buttons, which let them IM or call a contact with just one click or tap. And because it’s part of Office 365, Skype for Business features such as presence, IM, voice and video calls are integrated with email, calendar and document collaboration.
For organisations with Skype for Business Server 2015, Call via Work allows enterprise users to collaborate via Skype for Business during voice calls. Calls are routed via user’s desktop phone with Skype for Business serving as the control panel on screen.