Lync changing to Skype

Lync changing to Skype

As I’m sure some of you are aware Lync is being re-branded “Skype for Business”.  Those using Lync Online with Office 365 ProPlus, Office 365 Business Premium or Office 2013 will see the new Skype for Business client replace the Lync client, this is due to roll out within the April patching updates.  *Note today is Patch Tuesday*

This update will change the UI experience for the end user, if you are concerned about the change to your users I would suggest watching and reading this following Microsoft blog post – http://blogs.office.com/2015/04/01/whats-new-in-skype-for-business-and-how-you-can-take-control-of-updates/

They give some helpful hints in out to manage the roll out and help you understand what to expect.

Microsoft say that the backend of the service, which is currently called Lync Online Service will be rebranded as Skype for Business Online by the end of May.

I believe the new Skype for Business server product will be available for download from Microsoft’s Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) on the 1st May 2015.

As well as giving a new UI experience, Skype for Business promises to keep all the good features about Skype and Lync and combine them both.

Despite the name change the product will still continue to run on the Lync backbone so us fellow techies shouldn’t have to suffer to much pain.