In a string of announcements, Microsoft will replace Lync messaging app with Skype for Business tool. Microsoft has confirmed that Skype for Business will remain part of Microsoft 365 service when this happens in 2015.
Microsoft Lync provides enterprise instant messaging as well as VoIP and conferencing capabilities. The new Skype for Business will be new upon release including user interface and backend. All Lync Server 2013 will be upgradeable to the new Skype for Business Server. Microsoft will upgrade all Microsoft 365 clients.
Microsoft will use all Skype icons for calling, video and other functions. Skype for Business will take on features from Lync including content sharing and telephony. This will become a very robust communications tool for businesses.
For many who are not aware, Lync can be setup to work within an organization or between multiple organizations or even external users however most IT support departments do not like the third option.
Now here is the interesting part about Skype. They have over 300 million for messaging, calling, and sharing while Lync is used by thousands of organizations worldwide. By combining these two, this is a serious threat to the over 500 million users on Facebook Messenger.