Skype for Business is now available

Microsoft has officially released the new Skype for Business client and Skype for Business Online which will replace Microsoft Lync by the end of May 2015.

If you are currently using Microsoft Lync Online as part of Office 365, the new Skype for Business user experience will appear for you in the coming weeks. For users that need more time to prepare for Skype for Business, Microsoft has provided the ability for administrators to switch between Skype and Lync.

Skype for Business takes certain aspects from Skype however they now added Microsoft Lync features and enterprise security which will make life easier for IT departments and managed IT services providers (MSP) that are responsible for managing Skype.

Many users will appreciate one new feature with Skype for Business. It allows the ability to connect with typical Skype users therefore allowing businesses to connect with customers across the globe.

Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQ) regarding Skype for Business and Office 365.

What is Skype for Business?

Skype for Business was formerly known as Microsoft Lync.  It is a tool that allows communication and collaboration platform around the globe.  Skype for Business gives companies enterprise-grade security, compliance and full user control.  Now it offers other features including online presence, Instant Messaging, voice and video calls, and online meetings.  Skype for Business is built right in to Microsoft Office 365, so now users can initiate chats, calls and meetings easily.

Will Skype for Business automatically replace Lync Online for Office 365 customers?

Microsoft will automatically update all Lync Online service users to be Skype for Business Online by May 2015. IT departments or managed IT services providers of current Lync Online or Lync Server can control when the update and install at a later date.

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