Microsoft on Tuesday announced that its Skype brand will soon replace Lync, the software giant’s video and Web conferencing platform for businesses. The new offering, dubbed Skype for Business, will arrive in the first half of 2015
“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,” he wrote. “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.” Microsoft estimates that over 300 million people use Skype to keep in touch and share content.
Microsoft says the big change is that Lync’s client will get Skype’s look and feel. None of Lync’s features will go, but some of Skype’s will appear including a user’s Skype contacts being available to Lync. Beyond that there’s not much more detail than a video so saccharine that we dare not embed it here lest the howls of derision wake sleeping Reg hacks on the other side of the planet.