Introducing Skype for Business

Introducing Skype for Business

With April’s Office update, Lync has become Skype for Business with a new User Interface for the desktop application. The updated experience includes notable updates to improve discoverability of the dial pad, easier access to controls and devices section.

The new Skype for Business look and feel is based on the familiar Skype experience and integrates people search with the whole Skype network, both inside and outside your organisation if you have the Skype for Business Server 2015.

Here are some of the new enhanced features

The Contact window and features are inspired by Skype

SfB Client

Quick action buttons are available by hovering over your contact which let you IM, start a voice or video call and present with just one click.


Emoticons – Skype for Business now features the same emoticons as the consumer version of Skype.



Meetings – Simplified arrangement of controls and menus makes it easier and quicker to find the commands you need.

Now the Dial Pad is accessed simply from the dial control button                                 dialpad

Skype for Business represents an exciting change for both current on premise and online users, the update can be managed so that you are in control of when you and your fellow users experience the new look and feel . In my next post I will go through the steps for switching  off the new UI off for Office 365 users.