Skype for Business app for iOS comes out of beta, coming to Android later this year

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After testing the Skype for Business Preview app for iOS for a little while, Microsoft today released the Skype for Business app for iOS to the public. As the name suggests, Skype for Business is for businesses only and allows users to easily get work done and collaborate with their team. The app includes a bunch of new features, which are listed below:

Join a meeting in one touch

An updated dashboard brings the contact search bar, your upcoming meetings and most-recent conversations to one place. The contact search bar allows you to search your Global Address List by first name, last name, email alias or phone number. Your recent conversations are at your fingertips, no matter which device you had the conversation on. You can also easily glance at your upcoming appointments—simply tap on the left for the meeting details or on the icon on the right to join immediately.

Enhanced in-meeting experience

Full-screen video makes for a more immersive meeting experience. Larger buttons to mute and the ability to add participants and manage your call make it a lot easier to meet while you are on the move. Simultaneous viewing of the content being shared and speaker’s video means that you never miss a moment.

Additional authentication and security options

Office 365 customers can now take advantage of Active Directory Authentication Library (ADAL)-based authentication. This enables your IT admin to configure multi-factor authentication for the Skype for Business iOS app, increasing the security beyond just a user name and password. With multi-factor authentication, users are required to acknowledge a phone call, text message or an app notification on their device after correctly entering their user name and password. Other Office applications also support ADAL-based authentication, which allows for consistent authentication across your organization. Learn more about setting up multi-factor authentication using ADAL.

Alongside the new Skype for Business app for iOS, Microsoft also announced that the company is planning to release the app for Android publicly later this year. For those wondering, Microsoft is also expected to bring Skype for Business to the Mac later this year, too. Until them, if you wan to try out the new Skype for Business app for iOS, head over to the App Store by clicking this link.

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