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It’s never been more important to be able to get work done and collaborate with others from anywhere—be it participating in an important meeting while traveling or sending a quick message during a coffee run. We’ve been working hard to ensure Skype for Business can make you productive on any device. Since we announced the Skype for Business for iOS preview, we’ve received great response, and today we are excited to announce that the new Skype for Business app for iOS devices is now publicly available.

Along with the following features, the new app also resolves the sign-in issues that some of you experienced with Lync 2013 on iOS 9.

Join a meeting in one touch

An updated dashboard brings the contact search bar, your upcoming meetings and most-recent conversations to one place. The contact search bar allows you to search your Global Address List by first name, last name, email alias or phone number. Your recent conversations are at your fingertips, no matter which device you had the conversation on. You can also easily glance at your upcoming appointments—simply tap on the left for the meeting details or on the icon on the right to join immediately.

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Enhanced in-meeting experience

Full-screen video makes for a more immersive meeting experience. Larger buttons to mute and the ability to add participants and manage your call make it a lot easier to meet while you are on the move. Simultaneous viewing of the content being shared and speaker’s video means that you never miss a moment.

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Watch for the ability to view PowerPoint slides in a meeting in a future update. In the meantime, you can view a PowerPoint presentation via desktop sharing.

Additional authentication and security options

Office 365 customers can now take advantage of Active Directory Authentication Library (ADAL)-based authentication. This enables your IT admin to configure multi-factor authentication for the Skype for Business iOS app, increasing the security beyond just a user name and password. With multi-factor authentication, users are required to acknowledge a phone call, text message or an app notification on their device after correctly entering their user name and password. Other Office applications also support ADAL-based authentication, which allows for consistent authentication across your organization. Learn more about setting up multi-factor authentication using ADAL.

How you can upgrade to the new app

The new Skype for Business iOS app is now available as a Universal app in the iTunes Store. iPhone users with Lync 2013 will automatically get updated to the Skype for Business app. iPad users with Lync 2013 need to download the new Universal app from the iTunes Store. If you are an IT admin, use the Skype for Business iOS productivity guide to learn more and prepare your users.

What’s next?

We are iterating rapidly to enrich the feature set on iOS and bring them to you as quickly as we can. Later this year, we will also make Skype for Business app for Android publicly available. Join the Skype for Business IT Pro Yammer community to subscribe to the upcoming product updates, interactive Skype broadcast sessions with the product team, and learn from the community. We look forward to hearing what’s on the top of your mind.

Start using the new app today to stay connected and productive while on the go!

—Praveen Maloo, product marketing manager for the Skype for Business team

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32 comments
  1. Huzzah! Thank you! What a welcome update. But indulge me to be the one to first say the requisite statement: Mac update next PLEASE! Lync is so so dreadful.

  2. That’s great, but we are waiting for Skype for Business for Mac OS too.

    • We are at it, Andrei, and hope to share something in the near future.

  3. So let me get this straight, you release an iOS version of Skype for Business before a Mac version? In what universe does this make sense?

  4. Looks good but I’m not able to receive any kind of notifications, this is happening on an iPhone 4s and 6. Anyone else facing the same?

    • I’ve got also this issue, what you can try is to uninstall and reinstall the application. This works fine for me!

    • Hi Angel, are you still facing issues with notifications from the app?

    • I have the same issue. I have tried deleting the app and reinstalling, restarting my iPhone, toggling the notification settings. Nothing works.

  5. Nice update. Where is the Skype for Business for OSX. And while we are at it, where is the desktop notifier for Yammer? “Enterprise” means having to support all the users of the enterprise. I see some really great stuff coming from Microsoft, but you are still stuck in this “we only do 80%” mode, leaving us to explain to our user base and make excuses for the missing 20%.

  6. Nice. But again. Where is Skype for Business on Mac? Even a beta?

  7. I have problems launching the update, ensured I have the correct languages and still cannot use it with all updates on ios and app store completed.

    An when will the Android version be released ?

  8. COMPLETELY useless without Skype for Business on a MAC!! Hurry up Microsoft stop avoiding this topic! When is Skype for Business for Mac being release. Lync for Business is more than useless to use. You can add skype users its useable.

  9. Please update the OS X application. There isn’t a day that goes by where it doesn’t crash, where I don’t have to continually enter my credentials, where the text size of my IMs doesn’t random change, where my contact list doesn’t disappear. Fix what exists before worrying about new platforms if you want anyone to believe that you’re going to support these new apps in the future.

    • We are aware of it, Justin, and hope to share something in the near future. Meanwhile, do let us know how you like the iOS app.

  10. Does S4B supports ManagedAppConfig attributes under iOS?
    I hope I can somehow auto-provision S4B on iPhones, so user only needs to provide own password.

    • Hi Milissa,

      What specifically are you looking at from a HIPPA compliance standpoint? Encryption, archiving, security is built-in to meet regulatory requirements.

  11. Bugs: The main page doesn’t display the contacts list nor the online/offline status of the team. The contacts list page has an X which doesn’t logout of the app, nor does the page display any buttons to change status, settings, or dialpage.

    Feature requests: ability to change call forwarding options.

  12. hi guys, every since Lync upgraded to Skype Business; the iOS app constantly crashes anytime I try to connect to a meeting. iPhone 5S, iOS 9. Anyone having similar problems or know of a solution? I’ve already tried to delete and reinstalling the app.

    • Hi Dipin,

      We have released an update for the app to address the crash scenarios. Could you let us know if that resolves your issue?

  13. I’ve got the new iPhone Skype for business app. I was hopping this would clear up some issues but it doesn’t seem to have. A few questions. 1. Lync used to show how long someone was inactive the new app does not – will this change. It was nice knowing how long someone has been away. 2. I’m constantly getting old messages pooping up even after I delete them 3. I have conversation history set to not save in my desktop but there doesn’t seem to be that option in the app and I get emails if I don’t get to a Skype message quickly. That’s crazy. Any ideas on the above????

  14. Is it me or has the forward call function (simultaneously ring) of the Skype for Business client gone missing? The function does not show under settings.

  15. Things I do not like about the new S4B iOS App (v 6.0)

    1. Still no persistent chat (chat room) support
    2. Server side history sync requires Exchange 2013 with S4B integration which my S4B hosting partner will not enable with my premise Exchange.
    3. History as the primary display rather than contacts
    4. Icon order: Meetings, Dialer, Contacts are in the reverse order from the desktop client
    5. Contact Presence:
    a. No longer shows ‘time away’ (just ‘Away’ , not ‘Away 2 hours’)
    b. No longer shows ‘Mobile’ for contacts using the mobile app
    c. Still doesn’t show ‘Location’ as entered in the desktop app
    6. Still does not show company contact pictures when using URL option (the only option our S4B hosting partner has enabled).
    a. Removed the option to disable picture display
    7. Missed Calls/IMs Badge (# in red circle)
    a. Missed message badge on the iOS device remains even when those missed messages have been reviewed and dealt with on the desktop. This was true of the Lync 2013 app as well, but with the Lync 2013 app, just viewing the history tab on the app would clear the badge. With the S4B app, simply viewing the history tab does not clear the badge. You have to OPEN EACH and EVERY bold entry, decrementing the missed call badge number by one for each message until they are finally all gone and the red badge goes away.
    8. Transfer Call option gone.

      • I agree, totally downgraded the usefulness of this app with this release. I wish I could go back to Lync 2013 on iOS. The change to History as the primary view, along with the almost complete absence of presence information on contacts makes this a horrible experience. Definitely not enabling me to be more productive.

    • I almost can’t beleive it, but you are right with all 8. Unlogical primary screen and no longer possibillity to transfer calls is unecceptable.

  16. MFA support doesn’t seem to work. App won’t login unless I put an App password.

  17. Hi,

    Could you tell me whether IOS Skype for Business is a proper O365 ‘managed app’?

    We would like it to behave like the built-in Mail client and Office365 software where enforcement of O365 MDM policies such as ‘device requires a pin’ is observed? Is wasn’t on the previous Lync version so would be nice if it was now aligned.

    Regards
    Dave

  18. I’m actually very disappointed with the new Skype for Business IOS app. You only get a lock screen notification for the first message in a conversation. If you receive additional messages later you never receive the notification unless you deleted the prior conversation on the iPhone. The notification sound is WAY TOO SOFT and doesn’t vibrate. The old Lync clients used the iPhone’s built-in sounds for alerts so you that it would be similar to texts, and you could get vibrate alerts. What’s the point of using the IOS app if you never know when messages arrive? This version is a major step back and at this point the Lync 2010 client works better.

  19. Errors in SfB iOS app when authenticating. Appears to be related to requiring EWS being published externally but this was not a requirement of Lync 2013 iOS app.

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