Skype for Business released

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Skype for business released for Office customers Skype for Business

A few weeks ago Microsoft announced that Skype for business will be replacing Lync, their enterprise communications offering.

Why?

Skype is by far the better product, almost everyone is familiar with it and already using it – or, about 300 million to be more precise. So they assumed, there is no point in running two products that do the same thing. And there really isn’t any point in reinventing the wheel.

When will it happen?

Starting from today, Skype for business will roll out to customers with Office 2013 as part of the April Office update. It will also roll out to office 365 business subscribers. Microsoft expects the rollout to be complete by end of May. For customers using Lync Online as part of Office 365, the update will happen over the coming weeks. This will happen automatically. Customers will however have a chance to postpone the rollout if they wish so through the admin centre of their Office 365 tenant. They will also be able to alternate between the two clients for a little while.

So what are the changes?

Those who have already used Lync will be able to use Skype for Business in pretty much the same manner. Skype will be deeply integrated into Office and users are able to communicate as before with Lync.

You can read more about Skype for Business here.

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IT Overlord

I am Roberto Katalinic, self confessed IT overlord and a sponge for everything IT. I have spent more of the last 20 years in front of a computer than in bed! Learning things is more fun than sleeping :) In my professional career, I progressed from a junior IT support engineers to IT Manager in a few years. Though my job responsibilities changed as my career progressed, my thirst for knowledge of all things IT never died and I continued to learn and amass knowledge. My interest span from Operating systems (Windows, Unix, Linux, BSD, Amiga OS), Web development (mainly Wordpress), Source control systems, systems security and firewall and a lot more.