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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Introduces Skype for Business To Replace Lync 2013

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After passing the beta testing stage for iOS platform, Microsoft’s new app for businesses, Skype for Business app is out on the iTunes Store from today for all.

The new app introduced by Satya Nadella at Convergence, replaces Microsoft’s age-old Lync platform. Skype for business is aimed primarily for the corporations as a meeting scheduler, equipped with video conferencing and array of security options.

The app’s android avatar is still sweating it out in the beta stage with a likely launch by the end of this year. The iPhone Lync users can switch over to Skype for Business, whereas for their iPad, they have the trouble of downloading the app all over again.

Skype for business features improved user interface with a one touch access to meetings. Users have the privilege of chatting through voice and video, and instant messaging. The invitee should have a Skype ID in order to receive the invitation. This business version of Skype burrows some of the versions of its generic cousin, like for instance the search tool.

A plus point of this app is that it allows for viewing of shared content while simultaneously the speakers can watch each other’s facial nuances. As for now the app lacks the ability to share power point slides, something which Microsoft is looking to incorporate sooner than later.

Though it’s out on iOS, its release for Mac OS is has been pushed to next year.

Microsoft has also worked on the security features of the app rather well. It figures a multi-factor authentication system, known as Active Directory Authentication Library (ADAL). Although reserved only for businesses using Office 365, it provides a secure way of responding to a call, text or app notification.

With Skype for Business, Microsoft has added another product to its growing services for the corporations. Its other products in this box include OneDrive for Business and Microsoft’s cloud storage service.


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