Skype for Business takes advantage of strengths of both Lync and Skype. It improves on some of the Lync features, like forwarding a call is just a click away instead of three steps. With Lync calling and IM Skype users was possible, however, with Skype for Business, both audio and video calls can be made to any external user. Skype user directory make it possible to call users on any device. Search in Skype for Business gives a direct search in Bing.

Call Monitor is a popular Skype feature that’s now available in Skype for Business. It enables users to move back and forth between a full Skype for Business window and a miniature version so user can continue to monitor call progress while focusing on other tasks. The miniature version also includes mute and end call buttons

Current Lync Server customers will be able to take advantage of these capabilities simply by updating from Lync Server 2013 to the new Skype for Business Server in their data centers.

To make users interface familiar, new version has integrated Skype UI with an expanded Lync features set and enterprise-security, IT control and compliance. Skype for Business in built right in Office making it integrated part of Office experience.

Software and hardware solution requirements for Skype for Business is same as Lync 2013. Consequently, current Lync users can quickly hop on to Skype for Business with their current solution.

From Lync to Skype for Business

Everything Lync is becoming Skype for Business.

  • Lync 2013 clients are changing to Skype for Business clients.
  • Lync Web app is changing to Skype for Business web app.
  • Lync admin center is changing to Skype for Business admin center.
  • Lync Online is changing to Skype for Business Online.

The technical Preview for Skype for Business client is available now, and the new client, server and online services will generally be available starting April. The Skype for Business Client Preview will be available from March 16 – April 30, 2015.