Been running Windows 10 Technical Preview for the past couple of months together with Office 2016 Preview but we (MVPs) had to be mouth tied due to the NDA. However, with the recent announcement by Microsoft for Office 2016 for ITPro & Developer Preview, finally I can blog about the new Skype for Business Client (Skype4B). Microsoft has also announced the recent re-branding of Lync to Skype for Business (Skype4B) and it will be released as part of the Office 2016 Suites – bear in mind just the client bits are release at the moment. Unless you want to be part of the TAP Program (or maybe already part of the TAP Program), the server bits are not available at this moment. Skype4B will also be available for Office 365 Customers. Once you obtain from the link above, you would need a valid Office 365 ProPlus subscription to use the Preview. Here’s a guide on How-To by Stale Hansen – Got Office installed from Office 365 and want to test Skype for Business Client Preview? Upon completion, you’ll get a new Cool Blue interface
Skype4B is still tightly integrated with our Outlook and this is once of the best thing to have – all appointments, schedule and conversation in a glimpse (Skype Consumer doesn’t integrate with your Exchange/Exchange Online in any means)
For instead messaging, Skype4B still keeps the “Tab Ribbon” by the left side of the program while the Consumer Skype appears under the Recent Tab
When you perform a mouse-over at the taskbar, Skype for Business actually allows you to change your status on the fly
This is just a glimpse of Skype for Business running with Office 365 – we should be expecting more features on the On-Premise so stay tuned!