Skype for Business is Here – What to know !

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Microsoft has just released Skype for Business today, together with this months patch Tuesday.

Skype for Business (Skype4B) was announced a while back and has been expected in April 2015. At least the client to begin with. Next is the rollout in Office 365 with Lync Online being upgraded and renamed to Skype for Business, this is going to happen from now until end of May for all existing Office 365 customers. The Skype for Business Server (The update of Lync Server 2013) is expected in May for on-premise Lync Server customers, as an CU update.

The Skype for Business client is available today for everyone as part of Windows Updates for Office 2013.

If you cannot wait and want to download it yourself, you can find download links in KB2889923  – April 14, 2015 update for Skype for Business.

What to know more and how to control the rollout with the new Skype UI or in case you want to keep the Lync UI for a while, take a look at the latest webcast by Office Mechanics: What’s new in Skype for Business. – It is possible to keep the Lync UI for your users, even though you upgrade the client to Skype for Business.

If you are getting ready for a Company rollout, take a look at the: Skype for Business client awareness and readiness resources.

If you want to get to know Skype for Business in depth, take a look at the Skype for Business 2015 Protocol Workloads Poster.

Read the Official Announcement from Microsoft: Skype for Business is here!

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Peter is an Exchange specialist with over 15+ years of experience with Exchange Server and certified Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) and Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM) on Exchange Server. He has been awarded the Microsoft MVP award, every year since 2007. He is active in the Microsoft community and User Group Leader for CoLabora (a danish UC & Cloud User Group). He works as an Cloud & Infrastructure Architect and Consulent, with primary focus on Exchange, Office 365, Azure and Skype for Business.

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