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The Skinny on Skype for Business and Teams

As expected, at Ignite, Microsoft announced their plans around Skype for Business (SfB) and Teams at this session: https://myignite.microsoft.com/sessions/56548.

Here is what you need to know:

Skype for Business Server will continue and evolve stand-alone product. Brand new refresh of main stream support expected in Q4 of 2018 Will also refresh the SfB client during this time Microsoft will continue invest in voice features Will include Team integration in hybrid Skype for Business Online (SfBO) Features will be available in Teams, and over time the Teams Client will become the client for Users to Consume all Communication and Collaboration Features Features include IM, Presence, Calling, Conferencing, Meetings, Contact & Conversation . . . → Read More: The Skinny on Skype for Business and Teams

Lync to be Rebranded as “Skype for Business”

It is official – the next version of Lync is being renamed “Skype for Business” in the first half of 2015!

The news was released today on Skype’s main blog:

Introducing Skype for Business

“In the first half of 2015, the next version of Lync will become Skype for Business with a new client experience, new server release, and updates to the service in Office 365. We believe that Skype for Business will again transform the way people communicate by giving organizations reach to hundreds of millions of Skype users outside the walls of their business”.

What you need to know:

There will still be two distinct products: Skype for . . . → Read More: Lync to be Rebranded as “Skype for Business”