Microsoft mentioned late last year that they would be re-branding Microsoft Lync to Skype for Business. Last week we started to see some action.
Skype has always been the best video calling option for the everyday consumer, so when Microsoft acquired Skype in 2011 there was always going to be a business version.
At the beginning of last week, Microsoft started pulling the older Lync client and re-releasing it as Skype for Business. The new software is rolling out as part of the April release of Skype for Business. The online version of the app, known as Skype for Business Online, is also making its way to your browser right now. According to Microsoft; everyone should see it by the end of May.
You wont see much fuss about moving from Lync to Skype for Business, as Microsoft is trying to make the transition as smooth as possible.
Skype for Business – What will change?
The overall functionality of Lync will remain with the new Skype for Business. The design however will obviously be completely different. If you’re a regular user of the commercial version of Skype, you’ll be right at home. In the screenshot below you can see how Skype for Business will look.
This first video gives you a complete overview of the changes that Skype for Business brings.
Also, here a two advertisments from Microsoft showing the power and importance of Skype for Business. “Make amazing happen”.
Re-branding Lync to Skype for Business makes total sense to me, I’m not sure why they kept Lync for so long. The only potential problem that I can see is people getting confused between the (mostly) free commercial version and the business version. But as I mentioned, Microsoft are completing the rollover fairly quietly to avoid too much fuss and possibly confusion. I’m certainly looking forward to it!
For more information, visit the Microsoft Office support website.