Microsoft Announces Technical Preview Of The New Skype For Business Client

Skype for Business

Today at Convergence, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced the technical preview of the Skype for Business client. A new client, server and online service will become generally available starting in April. Skype for Business delivers an expanded Lync feature set and enterprise-grade security, compliance and control to IT. Just like Lync, Skype for Business is built right into Office, so features like presence, IM, voice and video calls, and online meetings are an integrated part of the Office experience.

Most existing software and hardware solutions that are qualified for Lync 2013 will also be compatible with Skype for Business, thanks to the efforts of our hardware, software, IT pro tools and network infrastructure partners.  As a result, current Lync customers can get quickly up and running with Skype for Business with the solutions they’re already using. Watch for announcements from many of our partners this week, and see TechNet for more details on solutions qualified for Skype for Business.

Current Lync customers are in prime position to modernize communications with Skype for Business. We invite you to join the technical preview today and connect with a skilled partner to start planning your upgrade.

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