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Lync Online is becoming Skype for Business

Changes are coming to Lync Online in Office 365. Lync is joining the Skype family, so in the coming months, Lync will be changing to Skype for Business.

Release date – Skype for Business is generally available since April 14, 2015.

Benefits – After your organization is transitioned to Skype for Business, you and your users will benefit from:

  • Skype-inspired design With the same look and feel of the Skype client, your users will benefit from the same familiar user interface and ease of use with the new Skype for Business clients.
  • Global reach Voice and video connectivity to the entire Skype network.
  • Full Lync feature set Because Skype for Business builds on existing Lync features, no features or functionality will be lost.

What to expect – Everything Lync is becoming Skype for Business.

  • Lync 2013 clients are changing to Skype for Business clients.
  • Lync Web app is changing to Skype for Business web app.
  • Lync admin center is changing to Skype for Business admin center.
  • Lync Online is changing to Skype for Business Online.

How to get it – Just update your office 2013 pro plus to the latest version and you will find that Lync has been changed to Skype for Business online

The interface will be changed as below



What’s new in the client , Watch the below video 


Sources: Office 365 Technet


Understand and Control AutoDiscover methods for Outlook

Did you ever ask yourself how Outlook connects to your servers

Outlook uses AutoDiscover service to connect to Exchange online or you on premise Exchange

In some scenarios, you may want to control the methods that are used by Outlook to find the AutoDiscover service. This depends on the client/server topology, but these are the methods that are used by Outlook:

SCP lookup
HTTPS root domain query
HTTPS AutoDiscover domain query
HTTP redirect method
SRV record query

By default, Outlook uses one or more of these methods to reach the AutoDiscover service. For example, for a computer that is not joined to a domain, Outlook tries to connect to the predefined URLs (for example, by using DNS. If that fails, Outlook tries the HTTP redirect method. If that does not work, Outlook tries to use the SRV record lookup method. If all lookup methods fail, Outlook cannot obtain “Outlook Anywhere” configuration and URL settings.


Lets understand the 5 methods that outlook uses:

SCP lookup
Outlook performs an Active Directory query for Service Connection Point (SCP) objects.

Root domain query 
Outlook uses the root domain of your primary SMTP address to try to locate the AutoDiscover service. Outlook tries to connect to the following URL based on your SMTP address: https://<smtp-address-domain>/autodiscover/autodiscover.xml

AutoDiscover domain Query
Outlook uses the AutoDiscover domain to try to locate the AutoDiscover service. Outlook tries to connect to the following URL based on your SMTP address: https://autodiscover.<smtp-address-domain>/autodiscover/autodiscover.xml
HTTP redirect
Outlook uses HTTP redirection if Outlook cannot reach the AutoDiscover service through either of the secure HTTPS URLS:

SRV record query
Outlook uses an SRV record lookup in DNS to try to locate the AutoDiscover service.


Now how can you control these methods

You can do this and enable/disable these methods for outlook through registry keys

Outlook 2010 :

Outlook 2013 :

Outlook 2016:

You can change the various options from the registry file as well. They are:


Above the SCP lookup is disabled.






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