Skype is a telecommunication application software product, released in August 2003. In 2011, it was bought for $8.5 billion by Microsoft. Skype is used to make video chat and voice calls from computers, tablets and mobile devices via the internet to other devices or telephones, smart phones. User can also send instant messages; exchange files and images send video messages and create conference calls. Skype is based on a freemium (A combination of the words “free” and “premium” used to describe a business model that offers both free and premium services) model.
Microsoft released a technical preview of Skype for Business a replacement for its older enterprise communication tool Lync, is rolling out publicly today as part of the Office 2013 April update, the company announced this on April 14, 2015. In addition, Skype for Business online is now rolling out to office 365 customers worldwide and the process should be finished by the end of May.
How it Works:
Skype for Business carries Skype’s identifiable design, but integrates numerous Lync features, like online meetings, enhanced security, and control tools for IT departments. It also adds communication with any Skype user, which should make it easier to contact users outside of an individual organization. Skype for Business conversations are authenticated through Active Directory and encrypted.
The Skype for Business client is inspired by the look and feel of Skype but it comes with enterprise-grade security and control as the Lync client. But some customers may still require additional testing time. To that end, it is allowing admins the skill to switch between Skype for business and the traditional Lync user interface.
User can get everything need for conversations in one app. And for the reason that Skype for Business and Office work together, it’s simple to team up right from your Office apps. You’ll see the contact detail of everyone working in the same app. So it will be easier to quickly send them an IM or email, or start a call. You can also schedule meetings and see IM history in Outlook, and start meetings from apps like Word and PowerPoint to present whatever you’re working on.
The interesting factor in Skype for Business is sharing your home page. Many of the people don’t know that they can share their computer screen with the person on the other end of the video call. You can just right-click during a video call and click “Share Your Screen” or (“Share Screen” on a Mac).
There are 300 million Skype Users in all over the world. They can use this apps that run on android, iOS, Windows and the Web.
This is one of the most important things to set up if you’re a regular Skype user. You can forward incoming Skype calls to your cell phone, even if your computer is turned off.
It is safer because Conversations are protected by authentication and encryption. You can manage employee accounts. Skype is an extensible platform through its many plug-ins; known as “Extras.” You can download apps that do everything from enable you to play games to record Skype calls.
Reach out any one in your company, or to the 300 million people on Skype, on your favorite device or web browser. You can meet with up to 250 people even if they’re not on Skype for Business. All they need is a phone or Internet connection.