Skype for Business and Skype

Microsoft bought Skype in 2011 and have had a strategic plan to link the Skype consumer platform and Lync.  As a consequence, Microsoft rebranded Lync as Skype for Business in April 2015. 

The first phase of this makes it possible to have one-to-one calls between Skype for Business and Skype.

There are several things to note:

  • You can't multi-party calls (only one-to-one)
  • Skype (consumer)users need to associate their skype account with a Microsoft account
  • Skype for Business includes a directory of all University user accounts and links closely with University mailboxes.  The consumer version of Skype doesn't offer this functionality

See the Microsoft Blog for further details

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