Lync 2013 Becomes Skype for Business: What to Expect

There have been many blogs on this subject hit the Twitter #lync and #skype4b community. The following are some of the main points we’ve been sharing with our customers about this Lync to Skype for Business transition.  In March of this year, the full transition of the brand to Skype for Business was announced. The Microsoft blog post gave you a peek of what to expect and what was coming.  The time is now here.

Microsoft published another blog last week and additional details have surfaced since then that are good to know. Here are instructions from Microsoft on how you can control the rollout of Skype for Business in your organization.

Next Tuesday, April 14 (Patch Tuesday), the Skype for Business client update will go live and be pushed out for everyone in the Office update. Side note: there are changes to Outlook too.

On May 1, which is right before Microsoft’s Ignite conference, the Skype for Business server bits will hit general availability (GA).

So, next week, when you run your Windows Updates, you will most likely see some changes. Here are some your end users might want to be aware of:

Notifications

The sounds change. Your ring tones and hold music and other notification sounds will change. It might catch you off guard at first.

Meeting Invites

When you create a meeting with Outlook, the plugin will be different.

Now/Current Lync Meeting:

skype for business

New/Skype Meeting:

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Meeting Join

The actual join link will change:

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And what the guests see when they join via the web will change too:

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Icon

The icon will change from the Lync logo to the Skype logo

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The title bar will also change to say Skype for Business.

Control of Look and Feel

If you run Skype for Business Online (Office 365)…

Disable Skype user interface (UI) for all users:

Grant-CsClientPolicy -PolicyName ClientPolicyDisableSkypeUI

Enable Skype UI for all users:

Grant-CsClientPolicy -PolicyName ClientPolicyEnableSkypeUI

If you run Lync 2013 On-Premises…

Enable Skype UI for all users:

Set-CsClientPolicy -Identity Global -EnableSkypeUI $true

Disable Skype user interface (UI) for all users:

Set-CsClientPolicy -Identity Global -EnableSkypeUI $false

Finally, Microsoft has provided a large number of resources for awareness, readiness and adoption that you can check out.

If you have more questions about how this change could affect your environment or you’re interested in trying Skype for Business, send us an email or give us a call: 502-240-0404.