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Skype for Business, formerly known as Microsoft Lync, is the next version of Microsoft’s Unified Communications platform. The new release takes all of the enterprise security, compliance and control of Lync and brings it together with the familiarity and usability of Skype. This combination provides a globally recognized communications solution that helps people chat, share ideas and get things done from any location and on any device.


Skype for Business comes with more than just a name change. It takes the best of Lync and the best of Skype to provide an all-encompassing solution that colleagues can use to communicate in an instant and IT professionals can depend on knowing they have control to support the end-user in a secure environment.

Skype for Business has all of the same capabilities as Microsoft Lync with some improvements. The biggest difference is that the new platform will take on Skype’s user experience. This transition allows Microsoft to provide an enterprise-ready solution in a format that people are most familiar with.

Features of Skype for Business include:

  • Adopting Skype icons for calling, adding a video and ending a call
  • New call monitor from Skype so you can always access call features even when focusing on other applications
  • New client experience
  • New server release
  • Content sharing between Skype and Skype for business
  • Improved content sharing and telephony functionality
  • Updates to the service in Office 365


If you want to take advantage of the capabilities offered by Skype for Business and are a current Microsoft Lync customer, in-place upgrades are fully supported and make moving to the next version easier than ever. For Microsoft Office 365 customers, all of the required updates will be done for you. No new hardware is required and the new Skype for Business is compatible with previous Lync versions as well as Skype.


Don’t need or can’t justify the expense of a full-time employee to staff an Lync Engineer position? Let BDO Digital's specialized Microsoft Lync managed services provide you with the 24×7 monitoring, manage and support you need. It’s the perfect complement to your internal IT team.

"Where I think BDO Digital set themselves apart and delivered for us was understanding our business needs. The technology they deployed has helped us to improve our communication with our network of providers and has allowed us to expand and scale our business."


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