Microsoft announces Skype for Business Mac Preview

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Skype for Mac (Small)

Microsoft today announced the Skype for Business Mac Preview which brings powerful Skype experience to Mac users. Commercial customers can request an invite to test the Mac client at www.SkypePreview.com. Microsoft will release the final version in Q3 2016 after completing the three cumulative stages described below.

Preview phase one—Once you sign in, you’ll see your meetings for today and tomorrow, based on your Outlook calendar, displayed in the Skype for Business client. Join any meeting with just one click and enjoy full screen video, content viewing, in-meeting chat and the ability to invite others to the meeting.

Preview phase two—We’ll be adding instant messaging, presence and contacts in the next preview release coming in early summer. You can continue to use Lync for Mac 2011 side-by-side with Skype for Mac Preview, giving you continued access to messaging and voice features.

Preview phase three—We will add telephony and related features later in the summer.

Watch the video demo below.