Lync will become Skype for Business

Back in November 2014, Microsoft announced the rebrand of Lync to ‘Skype for Business’. Since then, a lot of speculation has occurred. When would this change happen, what was going to happen with all the Lync Servers, what new features will come out, etc…

Lync will become Skype for Business, with a new user interface in the Windows desktop application.

Skype for Business will roll out as an update to Lync on April 14th as part of the monthly Office updates for users with Office 365 ProPlus, Office 365 Business Premium or Office 2013.

The Skype for Business client will be the default user experience and will replace the Lync.

Controlling the UI in Lync Online and Skype for Business Online

Disable Skype user interface (UI) for all users:

  • Grant-CsClientPolicy -PolicyName ClientPolicyDisableSkypeUI

Enable Skype UI for all users:

  • Grant-CsClientPolicy -PolicyName ClientPolicyEnableSkypeUI

Controlling the UI in Lync Server and Skype for Business Server

Enable Skype UI for all users:

  • Set-CsClientPolicy -Identity Global -EnableSkypeUI $true

Disable Skype user interface (UI) for all users:

  • Set-CsClientPolicy -Identity Global -EnableSkypeUI $false

You can also download the scripts from the Microsoft Download Center: Skype for Business Online – Switching the client user interface

For the Lync Server experience will not change for now, but Microsoft announced that it will start the roll out of the Lync Online management portal on April 14th, and the Lync Server roll out on May 1st.

What is coming?

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The Enterprise Voice in the Cloud will make a tech preview this summer in the US, and by the end of this year, we will get a general availability. But we still don’t know the features of the Enterprise Voice on the cloud, so let’s wait and see.

user experience. The good news is that Microsoft has released ways for Lync Administrators to control the switchover of the client experience with some quite simple PowerShell Commands.

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