Skype for Business

Skype for Business sessions now included in Office 365 Summits

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On November 11th, we announced our plans to rename Lync to Skype for Business, which will include shipping new client, server and service in Office 365 during the first half of 2015.  At that time, we shared how Skype for Business will take advantage of the strengths of both Skype and Lync to make communications better for organizations—large and small.  Today, we are thrilled to announce the availability of Skype for Business technical training, created to help our partners and IT pros get ready for the upcoming product release.

Starting January 19th through the end of March, the Office 365 Summit events will include instructor-led trainings on Skype for Business to help your company quickly take advantage of the upcoming opportunity.

Sessions include Skype for Business technical tracks for IT pros, developers and users including:

Skype for Business Summit 2

Register today for in person training at an Office 365 Summit.

Worldwide Office 365 Summit event dates and locations

We have five upcoming opportunities for you to participate in an Office 365 Summit in either Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Johannesburg, Amsterdam or Sydney.

Skype for Business Summit 1a

Can’t attend in person? Learn online.

Beginning in February, we’ll make the Office 365 Summit content available on the Office 365 Summit Readiness tab for those unable to attend in person and we’ll start a series of live webcasts that provide deeper, topic by topic, training on Skype for Business.  You can view the current session list and register at this link.

Join us!

In addition to registering for an Office 365 Summit and the upcoming webcasts, please join the Office 365 Community Network on Yammer.

We’re incredibly excited as we approach the Skype for Business release and look forward to your participation.  Please join us in person or online to take advantage of the opportunities to learn more, give us feedback and get ready for Skype for Business.

I hope to see you next week in Mexico City!

—Sami Abou Saab, product manager for Skype for Business.


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  1. Is the underlying code in the new Skype for Business changing significantly from Lync 2013? Will Lync 2013 Clients be able to work with the new Skype for Business Server?

    • No. Skype for Business will deliver the same features and functionality as well as control, security, and reliability that enterprise customers expect. For instance, Skype for Business Admins will be able to control when and how the users interface is displayed for their users. This additional control means they can deliver Skype for Business on their terms.

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