Microsoft announced towards the back end of 2014 that 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. Skype for Business will take advantage of the strengths of Skype and Lync, combining the superb end user experience with security you trust.
I wanted to add some further detail around how Skype for Business is built firmly with the end user at its core and furthermore, how it gives organisations and schools the ability to reach hundreds of millions of Skype users around the world.
1. It’s Familiar and easy to use
Because you know Skype, using Skype for Business with your colleagues, staff and pupils (if this is applicable!) is effortless — requiring less training and support.
2. Available Anywhere, on any device!
Conversations travel seamlessly with you from the meeting room to any mobile device, including OS X, Windows and Android.
3. Maximise Office use
Turn an email into a meeting and escalate into a group call, thanks to improved integration with Office.
4. Have face-to-face conversations from anywhere
Video and voice calling are more natural than ever — like you’re in the same room. Skype for Business is designed to deliver a high-quality experience for every conversation.
5. Even more control at your fingertips
You can now confidently manage policies, grant feature rights and govern external communications, even from the cloud.
6. Deliver exciting teaching and learning
Skype in the classroom can help enhance your delivery of teaching and learning across various subjects within schools and colleges around the world
For Office 365 customers, its easy, Microsoft will do the required updates needed.
If you or your school are interested in discussing Skype for business, or how Office 365 could be used within your school, please contact us for a chat on 0845 300 8179, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our shiny new website www.schoolbusinessservices.co.uk or tweet us @SBS_ICT!