Several weeks ago, Microsoft renamed its Lync service as Skype for Business. It wasn’t a very surprising change, and the rebranding has brought a lot of new much-new improvements to the service. So what’s next for Skype for Business?
In an interview with TechRadar, BJ Haberkorn, the director of Skype for Business revealed some interesting new info on the future of Skype for Business and what’s coming next.
Skype is coming to the Mac
Microsoft revealed that the company is planning to release an official Mac client for Skype for Business “by the end of 2015”. Currently, the service isn’t available for Mac – however, if you’re a Mac user, you should be able to use the service by the end of this year.
OneDrive for Business integration
Haberkorn states that Microsoft is working on a “call monitoring” view which will basically display the video window at the bottom and include controls to hang up the call. Alongside call monitoring, Microsoft is also making it easier to share files on Skype for Business – users will be able to search and add people just like Skype and share their files right from the client which will store the files on OneDrive for Business.
One of the major new addition that the company is working on is Office integration, however. With the upcoming version of Office, Microsoft is making it easier for Skype for Business co-author documents right from the Office apps. You’ll be able to allow other people from your company to share a document and invite them to co-author an article right from the Office apps.
Microsoft is also going to allow users to start a conversation right from the Office apps. The update will also enable users to co-author a session which will basically allow you to open a document on everyone’s computer that’s present in a specific meeting. For example, if you’re on a Skype session and open a Word document, it’ll open on all of your co-workers computers that’s present on the meeting.
Alongside these new additions, Microsoft is also launching the Skype for Business broadcast meetings feature this summer which will allow users to broadcast meetings and conferences. Apparently, this is the feature that Microsoft used to broadcast Ignite 2015 and it’s also being used by the CEO of Microsoft for internal meetings.
The future for Skype for Business is looking pretty amazing. With Office integration and broadcasting features, the service may soon be the most loved service for businesses. What do you think of Microsoft’s plans for Skype for Business? Discuss in the comment section below!