Skype for Business is Here!

In November last year, Microsoft announced that the next version of Lync would become Skype for Business. Enabling people to connect with one another is central to Microsoft’s mission to reinvent productivity and help people make the most of every moment. Skype for Business will bring together the familiar experience and user love of Skype with the enterprise security, compliance, and control from Lync to create the most loved and trusted communications platform for collaboration. On March 18th Microsoft said: ‘Together with our customers and partners, Microsoft has transformed enterprise communications. Over 100 million people now use Microsoft Lync to communicate for work, with 79 percent of U.S. enterprises currently using or planning to deploy Lync for telephony. With Skype, we’re the preferred choice for consumer communications too. Skype revolutionized the way people connect with friends and family. Today, Skype sees 50 billion minutes of traffic every month—one third of the world’s long distance traffic—and over 50 percent of Skype users now come in over video. And now, we’re bringing it all together—the familiar experience of Skype that people have come know and love, with the trusted platform in Lync that businesses around the world count on. We first announced in November that the next version of Lync would become Skype for Business. Earlier this week, we unveiled the technical preview of the Skype for Business client, which gives customers an opportunity to trial Skype for Business and begin preparing for their deployment. The Skype for Business client, Skype for Business Server, and the new service in Office 365 will begin rolling out in April.’   April is here...