Heads up: beginning April 14, Lync Online will become Skype for Business— so they can “combine the natural, collaborative way Skype enables people to speak face-to-face with the security and control of Lync.”  Also because Microsoft can’t go a month without renaming or rebranding something.

Why are they doing this?  Remember how Microsoft bought Skype a few years back?  One of the reasons (ok, maybe the reason) was that Skype offered a way to bring their Unified Communication model to fruition as a service as opposed to requiring everybody to buy servers (they could actually see the cloud model coming several years ago).  Fast forward to today, it’s a logical extension to bind the services offered by Skype and Lync.

Look for future offerings from MS and other partners to solidify this offering.  My suspicion is within a couple of years they’ll be fully competing for the entire small business phone business market without necessarily offering phones.

Anywho…back to the hype…I mean Skype…back to the Skype (all kidding aside, this is pretty cool).  After the organization has transitioned to Skype for Business, you will benefit from:

Skype design – Skype for Business uses the same interface as Skype—if you’ve used Skype, you’re already familiar with Skype for Business.

Global reach – Voice and video connectivity to the entire Skype network.

Full Lync feature set – Because Skype for Business builds on existing Lync features, no features or functionality will be lost.

Schedule an online meeting. Make a video call. Add a new emoticon to your next IM chat. Skype for Business makes communication easy and makes you more productive. Not sure how you’ll best use it? Have a look at this video for some ideas.

Not sure about Office 365, or Lync, or Skype, or life in general?  Contact us at Simplex-IT or just call 234.380.1277 and we’ll help you out.