Skype for Business for Android now available

Today, we’re pleased to announce availability of the Skype for Business app for Android. Over the past few months, we received valuable feedback from people participating in the preview program and we’re excited to make the new app broadly available so that everyone can be more productive while on the go.

Let’s take a look at some of the features of the Skype for Business app for Android.

Tailored for on-the-go scenarios

A new dashboard design brings the contact search bar, your upcoming meetings and most recent conversations to one place. Simply tap the Quick Join icon to the right of your appointment name to join your meetings with one touch, or tap the name of the meeting to see its details. Your recent conversations are at your fingertips, no matter which device you had the conversation on. Additionally, full-screen video as well as larger call-control buttons to mute and add participants to a meeting make it easy for you to collaborate on the go.

Better contact management

The contact search bar allows you to search your Global Address List by name, email or even a phone number. You can also easily search for a contact within your organized Skype for Business groups and add or remove a contact.

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Additional authentication and security options

The Skype for Business Android app now supports modern authentication, which is utilized by other Office clients and allows for a consistent authentication experience for your users. Moreover, since modern authentication is based on access tokens, user’s credentials are not stored on their device.

Modern authentication also enables IT admins to configure multi-factor authentication for users of the Skype for Business Android 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.

Learn more about the modern authentication public preview program and how to use it for Skype for Business.

Prepare for the upgrade

The new Skype for Business app for Android is now available in the Google Play store. Android users with Lync 2013 will be automatically updated to the Skype for Business app based on their device settings. If you are an IT admin, use the Skype for Business for Android productivity guide to learn more and prepare your users.

What’s next?

We will continue to bring new features to our mobile apps with regular updates. Look out for integration with Microsoft Intune, which simplifies application management and corporate data protection and lets your users access the app from their mobile devices even more securely. Join our Skype for Business IT Pro Yammer community to stay up to date with product news, participate in interactive Skype Meeting Broadcast sessions and to share and learn from the community.

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