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Microsoft has announced availability of the Skype for Business app for Android.
A new dashboard design brings the contact search bar, your upcoming meetings and most recent conversations to one place. Simply tap the Quick Join icon to the right of your appointment name to join your meetings with one touch, or tap the name of the meeting to see its details. Your recent conversations are at your fingertips, no matter which device you had the conversation on. Additionally, full-screen video as well as larger call-control buttons to mute and add participants to a meeting make it easy for you to collaborate on the go
The contact search bar allows you to search your Global Address List by name, email or even a phone number. You can also easily search for a contact within your organized Skype for Business groups and add or remove a contact.
The Skype for Business Android app now supports modern authentication, which is utilized by other Office clients and allows for a consistent authentication experience for your users. Moreover, since modern authentication is based on access tokens, user’s credentials are not stored on their device.
Modern authentication also enables IT admins to configure multi-factor authentication for users of the Skype for Business Android app, increasing the security beyond just a user name and password. With multi-factor authentication, users are required to acknowledge a phone call, text message or an app notification on their device after correctly entering their user name and password.
The new Skype for Business app for Android is now available in the Google Play store. Android users with Lync 2013 will be automatically updated to the Skype for Business app based on their device settings. If you are an IT admin, use theSkype for Business for Android productivity guide to learn more and prepare your users.
ٍSource: Office Blogs
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
Microsoft on Tuesday announced that its Skype brand will soon replace Lync, the software giant’s video and Web conferencing platform for businesses. The new offering, dubbed Skype for Business, will arrive in the first half of 2015
“In the first half of 2015, the next version of Lync will become Skype for Business with a new client experience, new server release, and updates to the service in Office 365,” he wrote. “We believe that Skype for Business will again transform the way people communicate by giving organizations reach to hundreds of millions of Skype users outside the walls of their business.” Microsoft estimates that over 300 million people use Skype to keep in touch and share content.
Microsoft says the big change is that Lync’s client will get Skype’s look and feel. None of Lync’s features will go, but some of Skype’s will appear including a user’s Skype contacts being available to Lync. Beyond that there’s not much more detail than a video so saccharine that we dare not embed it here lest the howls of derision wake sleeping Reg hacks on the other side of the planet.