Skype for Business, formerly known as Microsoft Lync Server, is a unified communications (UC) platform that integrates common channels of business communication including instant messaging (IM), VoIP (voice over IP), file transfer, Web conferencing, voice mail and email.
Microsoft acquired Skype in 2011 and changed Lync's name to Skype for Business in 2015. Changes include a new client interface, a new server release and updates to the UC service in Office 365. Skype for Business can be used for communications within an organization, between multiple organizations and with external individuals.
Notable features include the following:
- Functionality across a variety of communications devices and platforms.
- User-friendly communications control across all Windows 8 devices and architectures.
- Integration into all Microsoft Office applications.
- Drag and drop file sharing.
- Multiparty high-definition (HD) video and content sharing for real-time meeting experiences and collaboration.
- Simultaneous display of multiple videos.
- The use of open standards, including H.264, allowing HD videoconferencing across a range of devices.
- Presenter controls optimized for meeting format, audience size and content sources.
- Accessibility from within a computer browser to HD video, VoIP, instant messaging, desktop applications and PowerPoint.
- Calling, instant messaging and participation in meetings from a Windows, Apple or Android mobile device.
See a quick introduction to Skype for Business: