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Microsoft Launches Skype for Business App for Windows Phone

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Microsoft announced the launch of a new Skype for Business app for users of Windows Phone. The updated unified communications app was formerly known as Lync. Previously, one can access it through Lync 2013 app but now Skype for Business gets its own dedicated Windows Phone app.

The app now includes updated notifications, enhanced security features, synchronization of conversations across devices and updated emoticons “as long as you’re running the latest server software,” Microsoft said. For those already using Lync 2013 app on their Windows Phone, will be automatically updated to the new Skype for Business app.

Here are the details:

  • For those having Windows Phone 8.1 or higher and not having Lync 2013 app, can directly download the new Skype for Business app from the Windows Phone Store.
  • For those having Windows Phone 8.1 or higher and currently using Lync mobile app, the new Skype for Business app will automatically replace Lync app.
  • For those with Windows Phone 8.0, will continue to use Lync.

What’s new in Skype for Business app:

    skype for business app

  • The new app comes with a number of enhancements and the most recognizable are the Skype for Business brand and an intuitive interface.
  • Skype for business now includes more than 100 emoticons to communicate your message visually.
  • The app has been improved in terms of handling conversation notifications. For example, when you are notified of a new conversation on your phone, the other clients won’t be able to prevent you from responding from the phone.
  • Security features have been enhanced and your conversation history as well as voicemail is encrypted.
  • Skype For Business app lets you synchronize the recent conversations across various devices including PC, tablet or phone. Microsoft said that the capability to sync Office 365 users will be coming soon.

You can download Skype for business for windows phone from the windows phone store. Share your thoughts with us in the comments!

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