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    Next Version of Lync will Become Skype for Business

    Microsoft announces next version of Lync will become Skype for Business

    Microsoft has announced that the next version of Lync, being released in the first half of 2015, will become Skype for Business and will bring a new server release, a new client experience and updates to the service in Office 365. Lync has already changed the business world as it simplifies and unifies all of the different tools that people use to communicate for work. In the social world we live in, it’s important that you can connect with people all around the world quickly and easily.

    Skype for Business will transform the way that we communicate by giving organizations an expanded reach to the hundreds of millions of Skype users that are not within their business. By combining the best of both Skype and Lync, Microsoft is making it even easier to connect with people everywhere with a great user experience.

    From the Skype side of things, users will see the familiar Skype icons for calling and video, as well as the call monitor which keeps active calls visible even when users are using another application. From the Lync side, Skype for Business keeps and improves on all Lync capabilities, including telephone and content sharing. Lync already offers audio calling and instant messaging with Skype users, and now Skype for Business is adding video calling and the Skype user directory which makes it possible to call any Skype user on any device.

    If you’re currently using Lync Server, you can update from Lync Server 2013 to the Skype for Business service in your datacenter with no new hardware required. For Office 365 customers, all the required updates will be done for you.

    With the new announcement that Lync will become Skype for Business in 2015, what does this mean for the Lync that we have come to know and love? This could bring about a huge shift in the way that businesses use Lync and phone systems today. Since Skype has a huge market share in personal use and international calls, leveraging the Office 365 momentum in the business space only makes sense. It will be interesting to see moving forward what is going to happen next and who will be the winners and who will be the losers. Click here to learn more about how Lync will become Skype for Business and how you can use it to your advantage. 


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