Skype for Business hit the market in April this year and its aim was to replace Lync. It performed well, but it had only one tiny flaw: it was available only for desktop users. We can say that it could get away with laptops which you carry around for business from time to time, but PCs? Not exactly mobile.
But this all changes today: Skype Business is now available on iOS and Android. The app is different from the standard Skype one because it offers information related to your upcoming meetings, featured contacts and recent conversations. Standard Skype is just showing you your recent conversations.
You have a whole new variety to search for your contacts from your dashboard: you can use the first name, last name, nicknames, phone numbers, and your iOS phone contacts are automatically included in the app’s search engine.
If you are having a meeting that you could not join on time, you need not worry too much. A simple ‘Quick Join’ button will be available for you to tap whenever you are ready.
The experience seems a lot more flexible now. Some buttons have been enlarged, in case you are the large finger kind of person. Some of these buttons are the mute button, add participants button and call management. It is also a lot easier to switch in between video and text, with the possibility of viewing both screens at the same time.
If you are an IT admin, you might be interested in searching for the dedicated preview page. You can sign up and Skype will later nominate a number of eight iOS and Android users who are going to test the preview for feedback. If you want to enter the first session of testing users, you want to apply by Friday this week.
Skype has managed to make a good name for themselves ever since they were released in 2003, yet the company hasn’t received much publicity ever since it was purchased by Microsoft back in 2011. In August 2011, Skype was reported to have had 300 million users, but the numbers have grown according to the number of installs registered on Google Play this year: 500 million.
Since Skype demonstrated that it is the most reliable resource for online calls, it would be no surprise if people running businesses will pick up its new business app. It remains to be seen how acclaimed the program will be, but the accessibility to iOS and Android will definitely give it a significant boost.
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