The long-awaited merger between Microsoft Lync and Skype is expected to take place next year when Microsoft chooses dissolve Lync to pave the way for the new and improved Skype for Business.
Microsoft wants to take advantage of the usability of Lync and combine it with Skype’s simple interface, thereby creating a better tool for companies worldwide.
There has previously been speculation about why Microsoft has continued with both Lync and Skype for so long, while the two systems have worked interactively with each other.
Skype for Business is going to have the old Skype interface and there will still be a popover window when a user switches to another application.
It is still too early to speculate on how the transition to Skype for Business will take place. Lync is a big part of the most basic Office 365 business plans, hence companies are expected to demand access to Skype for Business directly through Office 365 instead of a Skype for Business Server. Microsoft has stated that they will manage all updates and make sure that no new hardware will be needed for converting to Skype for Business.