Follow Up On Skype for Business

Microsoft’s Lync replacement provides sophisticated communications but doesn’t yet feel entirely finished”, a genuine comment by Tech Consultant/Writer Kat Orphanides.

The roll-out of Microsoft Skype for Business is intended to be a complete revamp to the Lync communication service, although its availability immediately after release is limited. Microsoft Lync Server 2013 gets a free update to support the Skype for Business client, while Lync Server 2010 users will have to upgrade to the new Skype for Business Server 2015.

Comparing Lync vs. Skype for Business:


  • Allows contact of Skype users, phone numbers, and all employees within the organization.

  • Video and audio recording in calls. Supports up to 250 attendees in a meeting.

  • High quality audio and video.


  • Mobile app not yet released.

  • Not a full-fledged VoIP platform, no integrated dial-in audio conference features. Online plans don’t work with hardware phones, can’t disable telephony options in client.

Besides the operating platform, one would want to know what this change brings to headset and speaker phone products? Microsoft introduced “Optimized for Skype for Business” certification and mark as expected, as they did with Lync in the past, perhaps also to shut new players from the big boy's club?

However, the set up and test of an audio device for Lync and Skype for Business are the same:

This means one doesn’t need to buy a new “Skype for Business” headset even if s/he upgrades her/his Lync Server to the new Skype for Business Server, because a Lync headset works perfectly with Skype for Business, the hook key of the Lync headset and Lync speaker phone products works perfectly with Skype for Business, no driver or update is required.

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