Microsoft to Replace Lync with Skype for Business

Microsoft has scheduled an important move for the beginning of 2015. The famous tech company claimed that it plans on replacing Lync with Skype for business. Lync is a commonly used enterprise-focused instant messaging app. Microsoft has not yet revealed the exact date for this move. The news comes about three years after Microsoft purchased Skype for no less than $8.5 billion. 

Well, Microsoft claimed that Skype for Business will actually mean a new client experience, as well as a new server release. The fact that Microsoft decided to drop Lync for Skype is not that shocking after all. Actually, this was a move that everyone expected to see. 

Moreover, since the purchase of Skype in 2013, everyone wondered why Microsoft decided to keep both services around. Last year, the famous tech giant tried to connect in a way the two platforms. So, the two platforms were able to talk to one another and they were also able to make exchange video calls. 

Now, Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella claimed that the famous tech company wants to focus on productivity. Apparently, the purpose of this new project is to combine the usability of Lync and the simplicity of Skype. Although it has been revealed that the transition will take place in the first half of 2015, no details on how the transition will occur have been revealed at this point. 

According to Microsoft, Skype is currently used by more than 300 million people, who access the service to call and share content with other users. So, it is yet to see how things will evolve next year and exactly what Microsoft plans on doing with both of these services. 

Microsoft Lync 2010 became available for users from all over the world in January 2011. Its predecessor was the Office Communicator. On the other hand, Skype was first released in 2003. The service was purchased in May 2011 by Microsoft for an impressive sum of money. Skype is one of the most popular instant messaging services at the moment, offering a series of features to its users. 

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