Microsoft Unveils Skype for Business

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If you’ve used Lync for your business (or if you’re looking for an online meeting solution), Microsoft has just transformed the product into Skype for Business — a tool the company is rolling out to improve its business communications services.

The company announced that Skype for Business will have many features from its commercial product, including the contact lists, presence indicators, buttons and icons Skype users are already familiar with ¾ but with added capabilities.

Combining Skype for Business and Lync has been on the docket for a while, but now the new product is available to business owners and on the Windows Phone (Windows 8.1 phones will have it as an automatic download). However, for Office 365 subscribers, conversation syncing isn’t yet ready.

What does that mean for you? It’s possible to experience some problems with syncing up conversations that occur across several platforms.

Microsoft also unveiled a beta version of its broadcast feature, which will give business owners the ability to broadcast meetings to as many as 1,000 people (a big increase from the 250 its current platform can handle).

The tool will make it easier to host larger virtual meetings and webinars. A preview is currently available. Learn more, watch a demo and read a handful of FAQ’s on company’s website.

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Innovative helps you balance your business requirements, service levels, staff and infrastructure to make your IT as effective as possible. Tony Johnson is Vice President of Operations at Innovative and has been helping clients optimize their IT spend and operations since 1983.

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