Microsoft launches Skype for Business, will automatically update Lync 2013 and Lync Online users


Story by Emil Protalinksi

Microsoft today announced the general availability of Skype for Business. The company promises organizations currently using Lync 2013 will be updated to Skype for Business and the Lync Online service will be automatically updated to Skype for Business Online.

More specifically, the new Skype for Business client is now rolling out as part of the April monthly update for Office 2013 while Skype for Business Online is rolling out to Office 365 customers worldwide. Office 365 customers using Lync Online will get the new Skype for Business user experience “in the coming weeks” and Microsoft expects the process to be complete by the end of May.

If this sounds like it’s a little too fast for your business, don’t worry; Microsoft will be offering the ability for administrators to switch between Skype for Business and the traditional Lync user interface. Details on how to switch to Lync mode are available on Microsoft’s TechNet and Office Support pages.

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