Microsoft snatched up Skype a few years ago. That’s not new news. But today Microsoft formally announced the integration of Skype with its now-legacy Lync platform. Lync is now officially Skype for Business! Skype for Business is now available as new client software, new server software, and is included as an updated service in Office 365.
- Join more than 300 million people who already use Skype every month.
- Did you know that Skype represents 35% of the world’s long distance traffic?
- Native video interoperability with room systems means you won’t need to deploy third-party gateways if you’re using Skype on-premises.
- PSTNPublic Switched Telephone Network connectivity to Skype for Business Online lets you connect with anyone. It’s voice in the cloud!
Skype for Business is effectively the new Lync. Skype for Business uses much of Skype’s traditional and familiar user interface while adopting all of Lync’s real-time collaboration features and functionality. Think of Skype for Business as your go-to platform for real-time collaboration with your remote co-workers, colleagues, and customers. Do all of the things you’ve come to expect with Lync, only now it’s called “Skype for Business.”
A few of Skype for Business’ key features:
One of Skype for Business’ new features is helpful for workers who use multiple monitors. Easily select which monitor to use for the presentation, while reserving your other monitor(s) for items you need to keep off-screen.
Skype has always been popular globally, especially in Europe. It turns out Microsoft’s fastest adopter of Skype for Business is Europe. So if you have European colleagues or customers, see if they’re already using Skype for Business.
Integrates seamlessly with Office 365. For example, take notes in OneNote while you’re in a Skype for Business session. Share a PowerPoint presentation. Automatically archive your conversations.
Call monitor stays with you as you toggle between Microsoft applications.
Connect to the global Skype user network. Video calling and access to the Skype user directory means you’ll be able to connect with any Skype user.
Microsoft’s Skype for Business video reviews some of Skype for Business’ key features and benefits step by step. It’s worth watching if you’re new to Skype for Business or never got up to speed with Lync: