Skype for Business Client Release Date Announced

April 7, 2015   //   Unified Communications, , , , ,

As you know, we’re all eagerly anticipating the Skype for Business server release on May 1st. But in other exciting news, we now have a confirmed release date for the client! On April 14th, an update to Office 2013, Office 365 ProPlus and Office 365 Business Premium will be available from Microsoft. This means that the first Skype for Business client is not a separate install, but rather a patch delivered to the existing Lync 2013 client.

If you are using Microsoft Lync on-premises, your users will experience no visible changes when the client is patched. However for Lync Online, now Skype for Business Online, the users’ experience will default to the new Skype look and feel. Of course, if you’re running your server on-premises or online you have full control over what your users will see.


For more information on this exciting update and to learn how you can control which user interface is presented to your users, please head on over to the Microsoft Office blog.

If you need help planning your upgrade strategy to Skype for Business or Microsoft Office 365 please reach out to SWC or come to one of our upcoming Chicagoland IT events to learn more.


If you enjoyed this post from Anthony, please check out a few of our past posts on Microsoft Unified Communications:

Skype for Business is Coming!
Microsoft Leads the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications
Which Lync Phone Should I Use? My Favorites Are…
Integrating Microsoft Lync and Dynamics CRM for Call Tracking
Microsoft Lync Helps Tandem HR Weather the Storm
How Can Office 365 Help My Organization?
Migrating From Standalone Exchange Online Protection (EOP) to Office 365
Anthony’s Review: Lync 2013 and the Grandstream GXV3275
SWC Helps Tandem HR Be More Productive Using Microsoft Lync
Keeping Active Directory Clean Keeps Exchange, Lync and SharePoint Lean and Mean!