Microsoft Launches Skype For Business Technical Preview And Office 2016 For Windows

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Microsoft on Monday at its Convergence 2015 event announced a technical preview of Skype for Business and Office 2016 for the Windows desktop.

“We announced last November that the next version of Microsoft Lync would become Skype for Business. I am thrilled to announce that the technical preview of the Skype for Business client starts today, and that the new client, server and online service will become generally available starting in April! The tech preview gives current Lync customers a chance to trial Skype for Business and get ready to upgrade,” said Giovanni Mezgec, general manager for the Skype for Business team in a blog post announcing the two products.

Skype for Business is built right into Office, which means that features like presence, IM, voice and video calls, and online meetings are an integrated part of the Office experience. Users will be able to search for and also connect with anyone in the Skype network, regardless of where they are (inside or outside the organization).

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“It also enables people to search for and connect with anyone in the Skype network—inside or outside their organization.  And Skype for Business is built right into Office, so features like presence, IM, voice and video calls, and online meetings are an integrated part of the Office experience,” Mezgec explained further. You can find out more about features and other vital information about Skype for Business here.

Office 2016 for Windows:

Recall that Office 2016 has been in private review for a couple of months now; Microsoft announced that it is expanding the program to Office 365 customers. The company is specifically targeting IT professionals and developers with keen interest in testing upcoming release. Details of its end-user enhancements planned for this release were however, not released in details by Microsoft. However, Microsoft provides a brief summary of the improvements meant for IT professionals and developers.

Microsoft Office 2016 for Windows will be launched in the second half of 2015.

The company’s goal is to to provide its business customers a combination of the familiar Skype consumer experience with the security, compliance, and control features required by enterprises.

Skype for Business will be available to business customers with a new client, new server, and updated service within the Office 365 in April. The company will then continue to provide regular updates for both Office 365 and Skype for Business once they are generally available.


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