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Skype for Business officially began rolling out today, which will officially end Lync Online inside Office 365 for enterprise users in the coming weeks.

Skype for Business officially began rolling out today, offering a wide range of plans for users who are looking to get the most out of video chatting at work.

Interestingly, the products start at the low monthly price of $2 user/mo – while the upgraded plan starts at $5.50 user/mo. This is interesting because it will replace Lync in the coming weeks as Microsoft’s primary enterprise video chatting service.

Microsoft pointed out though that all users who use Lync right now would be converted to Skype for Business by the end of May. Which will be a big plus for the company who has awkwardly had two enterprise-level video chatting services available.

The big upgrade with Skype for Business compared to the traditional Skype and Lync – is that it takes the best of both worlds – for those who are looking to get a little more out of their video chat client. The point is with this update to bring a more modernized visual experience for the enterprise user, to something that previously would have lacked the necessary security to maintain. Meaning, if an enterprise user wanted to try Skype out it would fall short in the security department. Now, it is the equivalent of being able to use Skype while still maintaining the security that existed within Lync.

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Connectivity is also a big addition to the service. Now users will be able to chat with anyone running Skype, on any ecosystem or platform. Whether it’s mobile, or a desktop version, and even if the user is outside the company that they’re calling from – they will be able to send text, audio and video messages without any connectivity issues. For those who were partial to Lync, the days are now numbered for those who are still using the old service. The Redmond giant pointed out that it’ll be completely over by the end of May, and at this point – online users have already been cycled out. It would be interesting to see how customers react, but at this point – it doesn’t appear as though they or anyone else will have many complaints about the service as a whole since in many ways – it’ll be exactly the same.

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  1. Have you used it yet? There’s huge losses of functionality after changing Lync to Skype for Business. Do you schedule Lync Meetings in Outlook 2013? Forget that once you’re in Skype for Business because there is no Skype add-in for Outlook. Did you have any Lync Meetings that you created in Outlook? They don’t use Skype for Business, they use the Lync Web App. I would not claim it is the best of Lync and Skype. It is more-so just Skype. All this doesn’t seem consistent with the ‘rebranding’ message from Microsoft.

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