Goodbye Lync... Hello 'Skype for Business'

We are being frequently asked by more and more clients what is Skype for Business and how will this affect our Hosted Lync 2013 Service with Server Centre? So I thought now would be a good time to pull together a blog post featuring all the frequently asked questions.

If you have any question not answered here please don't hesitate to get in touch!

What is Skype for Business?

In short Skype for Business is the next version of Microsoft Lync, Microsoft took the decision to re-brand Microsoft Lync to Skype for Business to build upon the familiar user experience of Skype with the enterprise security, compliance and control from Lync to create Skype for Business.

Skype for Business takes advantage of the strengths of both Skype and Lync. For example, Skype for Business is adopting the familiar Skype icons for calling, adding video and ending a call. Microsoft have added the call monitor from Skype, which keeps an active call visible in a small window even when a user moves focus to another application.

At the same time, Skype for Business keeps and improves on all of the capabilities of Lync, including content sharing and telephony. For example, transferring a call now takes only one click instead of three which will be a welcomed improvement for our customers.

What will the upgrade cost?

The upgrade is included with your monthly subscription, once Microsoft release the final version, Server Centre will make the required platform changes and offer clients the chance to upgrade. Server Centre will make the new client available for download once it is released.

When will the upgrade be available?

Microsoft are releasing the update to the Microsoft Lync client on the 14th April 2015, this will update the client to Skype for Business.

How will the upgrade work?

Server Centre will build the Skype for Business infrastructure side by side with the existing Microsoft Lync 2013 platform. This will allow our clients to migrate to Skype for business as soon as they are ready without the need for a big bang approach. 

How long can I stay on Lync 2013 for?

Server Centre will aim to migrate all clients to Skype for Business over the next 6-12 months.

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