Microsoft Launches Skype for Business Preview for iOS and Android Devices

Business professionals have something to look forward to this week as Microsoft announced the release of its Skype for Business preview for iOS and Android. Months after it released the Skype’s Business edition, the tech company announced last Tuesday the messaging program’s mobile version.

Months ago, Microsoft launched its Skype for Business. The messaging software integrates with MS Office Calendar and allows calls and messaging with 250 people simultaneously for conferencing. With the mobile app version, Skype will allow users to browse contacts, check for upcoming meetings and events, and even review their previous conversations. These will all be easily checked via its central dashboard.

The app will also feature a large onscreen button to make contacting people much easier. It will also provide users with a full screen chat option for better conversations.

Jared Goralnick, Skype for Business’ group program manager, shared in his blog post, his excitement for the upcoming Skype for business app, after the program’s success since it was first released. “We’ve seen great momentum in the first few months since the arrival of Skype for Business, and today, I’m excited to announce the preview of the new Skype for Business apps for iOS and Android,”

While the mobile app is still in the works, Microsoft is presently looking for companies that can try its Skype for Business preview version. Those who want to join must have their IT administrators nominate at least four end users for iOS and four for Android. The application must be submitted by Friday, August 14, to be part of the first batch of participants. Microsoft will be notifying the IT admins via e-mails regarding the nomination’s result.

Microsoft has yet to announce the specific date of Skype for Business app’s release. What the company did confirm was it will be before the end of the year.

Those who already have their Lync 2013 in their iOS or Android devices can get the Skype’s business app when it’s released. The app will work on devices with Lync Server 2013, Skype for Business server 2015 and Skype for Business online.

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