Microsoft today announced that the next version of Lync will become Skype for Business in the first half of 2015. Microsoft will be releasing a new client experience, new server release, and updates to the service in Office 365. Skype for Business takes advantage of both Skype for Lync and it will include many new features.
- For example, as you can see in the screenshots, we’re adopting the familiar Skype icons for calling, adding video and ending a call. We’ve added the call monitor from Skype, which keeps an active call visible in a small window even when a user moves focus to another application.
- At the same time, Skype for Business keeps and improves on all of the capabilities of Lync, including content sharing and telephony. For example, transferring a call now takes only one touch or click instead of three.
- We’re also making it easier to connect to people everywhere. Lync already offers instant messaging and audio calling with Skype users. Skype for Business adds video calling and the Skype user directory making it possible to call any Skype user on any device.
Current Lync Server customers can advantage of these capabilities by updating from Lync Server 2013 to the new Skype for Business Server and for Office 365 customers, Microsoft will do the required updates.
Read more at Skype blog.