Microsoft Lync Online will be gone very soon. As of Tuesday, April 14th, Lync is being replaced by a new, highly secure and easy-to-use Skype for Business.
The long-awaited launch of Skype for Business was announced in a blog post by Microsoft today as part of the Office 2013 April update. The firm is also rolling out Skype for Business Online to its Office 365 customers who currently use Lync Online.
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More on Microsoft’s New Skype for Business
It’s just been a couple of months since the Windows-maker unveiled the technical preview version of the new communications app, and the firm acknowledges that there are still a few bugs to be worked out. That is why it has decided to allow network administrators the ability to switch between Skype for Business and the Lync user interface for the time being. That said, the transition from Lync Online to Skype for Business will be completed for all customers by June 1st.
Skype for Business has the same set up as millions of people use every day to connect with friends and family. Best of all, it is now integrated into Microsoft Office, so features such as presence, IM, voice and video calls, and online meetings are all at your fingertips.Moreover, with Skype for Business, you can search for and contact anyone anywhere in the Skype network.
A more secure Skype
Skype for Business offers enterprise customers software and services very similar to Skype’s consumer client application, but it comes with powerful enterprise-grade security and compliance features so that an IT department administer can the use of the app within an organization. Of note, Skype for Business conversations are authenticated through Active Directory and fully encrypted, and IT departments can easily set up and manage user accounts as required. Microsoft also highlights that Skype for Business is designed to work with existing company PBX systems or video teleconferencing systems.