It is obvious that devices and services work best when they are designed to accommodate a user’s needs. Keeping this in mind, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) was up for a change. The change it planned for one of its fastest growing business and an enterprise communication tool – Lync. Microsoft unveiled Skype for Business as Lync replacement.
The change in name essentially reflects change in capabilities too, particularly in content sharing and telephony scheme of things. Example, transferring a call now takes only one touch or click instead of three.
Although there has been a change in capability support, the Redmond giant has shied away from removing any of the existing Lync features from Skype for business.Some minor tweaks come in the form of interface changes so that the application looks much similar to Skype. For instance, a new “call monitor” window will is added to Skype for Business so that users can keep an active call visible inside a small window when they are focusing on another application.
Existing Lync Server customers can try new tool simply by updating from Lync Server 2013 to the new Skype for Business Server in their datacenters. There’s no new hardware installation required. For Office 365 customers, the task has been furthermore simplified. Microsoft assures that it will supply customers with all the essential updates.
Microsoft was planning the integration of Skype and Lync for long. It all started with the company’s acquisition of Skype in 2011. Also, in recent times, Lync has emerged as a quickly growing business segment for Microsoft. Given that Skype and Lync have now merged their engineering teams, the total revenue earnings could see a substantial rise in the near future.