Late last year, Microsoft announced that its corporate-oriented instant messaging software Lync would be replaced by Skype for Business early this year. Since April, Skype for Business was available for desktops. But this week the tech company announced that it has launched a pre-release program for the mobile version, as well.
Skype for Business will be available on both iOS and Android and is expected to be rolled out later this year.
The new app is different from the conventional version under some aspects. For instance, you can see incoming meetings, list of contacts, and recent convos directly on your dashboard. In the regular version of Skype, the latest conversations are displayed by default.
There is also a search function under the contacts tab in the business version. You can sift through your contacts by name, mobile phone number or Skype ID. In the iOS version, that function is also included.
Plus you can look at pending meetings, read the details of a meeting and press “Quick Join” if you want to enter it instantly. When you make a phone call there are some differences. Skype for Business has larger buttons so you can manage easier who will join the conversation, for example. There’s now an easier way to switch from text to video and back because both options are now visible at once.
Until Friday, you can register to try out the preview. Nevertheless, the company explained that not everyone would be accepted since the preview is a pre-release program. Microsoft also said that some features in the preview are no t “final” and may be modified as the company receives more feed-backs.
There are four basic features that the company is interested in to test. “Skype Meeting Broadcast” allows a company to hold a meeting and add up to remote 10,000 participants who can see the meeting through their web browsers. The feature is very useful in hosting public webinars. It also integrates Yammer, which enables participants to live chat during the meeting, and Bing Pulse, which allows organizers to conduct polls and track attendee sentiment over the course of the meeting.
“PSTN Conferencing” is a feature only available for U.S. users. It enables companies to hold a conference call via a mobile phone or a landline. Those invited to the conference do not need an Internet connection.
“Cloud PBX with PSTN Calling” is another feature tailored only for U.S. Office 365 users. The feature enables users to make or receive phone calls from their Skype for Business client. On the other hand there is a limitation – testers will not be able to dial or text 911.
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