Skype for Business went generally available on April 14, 2015. This move will rebrand the Lync communications platform into Skype for Business as well. The move is part of a broader scope of market research, which discovered that 79% of US enterprises use Lync as their phone system while one-third of global consumers ramp-up 50 billion minutes of traffic per month on Skype. Naturally, aggregating these two systems only makes sense from a business and consumer perspective.
Existing Lync customers are not required to upgrade to Skype for Business, but given Microsoft’s propensity to transition on-premise to cloud services, users will notice significant productivity enhancements when they upgrade to Skype for Business.
Enhancing Communication with Office 365
The following naming convention changes will be made when transitioning Lync to Skype for Business:
- Lync 2013 clients → Skype for Business clients
- Lync Web app → Skype for Business web app
- Lync admin center → Skype for Business admin center
- Lync Online → Skype for Business Online
As noted in our previous blog on Office 365 Service Plans, since Skype for Business Online will replace Lync Online, these services will be available across every Office 365 option except the Office 365 Enterprise K1 and Office 365 Government K1 options.
As part of the Office 365 platform, Skype for Business will combine the Skype interface with the expanded Lync feature set that delivers enterprise-grade performance, security, and compliance, providing users with an intuitive grasp right from the start.
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