From now on don't say Lync, say Skype for Business!

Eran Kraus presents the latest changes and capabilities of Skype for Business - Microsoft's most updated UM platform.

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Previously the product was named LCS, after a while it changed to OCS and changed again to Lync. Since May 2015, for the last time I guess, Microsoft decided to use the original name of the software - Skype. From now on say 'Skype for Business'.

So what is the purpose of the Re-branding?

Skype has millions of users worldwide at any given moment, using the software to keep in touch with their family and friends. The software is available for all devices and considered to be a simple, free of charge and high standard platform of communications. So if everyone heard of Skype and use it in their personal life, why not to use the same brand at work? After all it's the same technology and product. Microsoft purchased Skype in 2011 and decided to change the name of its UM platform for businesses from 'Lync' to 'Skype for Business' and enable the workers with a full enriched experience of both worlds - the secured and IT administrated world of Lync with the simple and user friendly world of Skype.

What Skype for Business has to offer?

A new interface and user experience - find the differences:

Search performing and users addition from the Global Skype Directory. Searching by nickname is also available!

A constant pop-up conversation toolbar for a faster access:

Conversation Rating - allowing the IT team collecting data according to the user's experience and analyze it:

Preview before file transferring:

A new set of icons - apparently someone thought it's important, even in the business world :)

Dial in Access Number is now supporting Hebrew and other interesting languages:

If there is a connection between the users' Legacy desktop phone to a PBX switchboard, they can use their own desk phone in order to make a call with Skype for Business.

All this and more in the new Skype for Business.


Eran Kraus

About the Author

Eran Kraus - Infrastructure Consultant at U-BTech Solutions

Eran is a consultant and Integrator at U-BTech Solutions. Eran specializes in Microsoft Lync, Unified Communication and AudioCodes products. Eran has many years of experience leading projects, consulting, planning, and implementing Lync Communication solutions for leading companies. Eran is also a Microsoft certified MCITP.

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