Skype for Business to Replace Microsoft Lync in 2015
Farewell, Lync. Next year, Microsoft's enterprise communications platform will take the name of its popular Skype voice, video calling and chat software.Skype for Business will replace Lync, Microsoft's unified communications software platform for enterprises, next year, announced Gurdeep Pall, corporate vice president of Skype, in a Nov. 11 blog post. "In the first half of 2015, the next version of Lync will become Skype for Business with a new client experience, new server release, and updates to the service in Office 365," he wrote. "We believe that Skype for Business will again transform the way people communicate by giving organizations reach to hundreds of millions of Skype users outside the walls of their business." Microsoft estimates that over 300 million people use Skype to keep in touch and share content. The Redmond, Wash.-based software behemoth has been working to bridge its Lync and Skype platforms for well over a year. In early 2013, Giovanni Mezgec, general manager of Lync, revealed that the Lync division had been folded into the Skype business unit. He also announced some early steps the company was taking to allow Lync 2013 to connect with Skype users.
"By bringing the assets that we have on the consumer front with Skype and on the enterprise front with Lync, we can have a unified platform that really brings communications from the living room to the boardroom in a way that makes sense and is rationalized and connected rather than having disconnected islands," Mezgec told eWEEK at the time.