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Microsoft has announced the release of the iOS and Android business apps for Skype.

This piece of software comes as a modern replacement of Microsoft Lync. The company has announced that the app preview includes a new dashboard with easy navigation displaying your contacts, meetings, calls and updates.

It also shows recent calls, upcoming meetings along with a search bar to find contacts. During a presentation, the users can view both the video stream and the contact person on the same screen. This newly developed Skype is different from the standard one, as it offers a number of features.

Skype for Business

Let’s check out the features of Microsoft Skype for iOS and Android:

Search bar for contacts: Search your global address list using the first name or the last name or with the user’s email address, phone number. On iOS phones, your phone contacts will already be included in the contacts and therefore you can easily look up for it.

A glimpse of upcoming appointments: In this new business Skype, the Skype calendar will show your current and next meetings so that you can manage your business better. You can either click to know more about the upcoming meetings or click on the ‘quick join’ icon to start the meeting right away.

Easy to refer recent conversations: This business app makes it easy to refer back to your most recent chats, meetings and phone calls.

To avail these features, admin needs to sign up with their company name in Skype for business preview. As many as four people in a given company can use this app on the iOS and Android devices for business preview.

With the launch of this new app, people may have questions in their mind: what’s new in this app? Well, the makers have infused Skype’s simplicity through the new iOS and Android apps and created a dash board for easy navigation of contacts, meetings and calls. The main aim of this dashboard is to bring search bar contacts, your upcoming meetings or assignments and your most recent conversations at one place.

They also rebuilt the in-call or in-meeting experience with new features so that it becomes easier for users to navigate calls or meetings mobile phones or tablets. The features that we have included are as follows:

  • Larger buttons make it easier to add participants, mute and manage calls
  • Videos will now fill your screen and bring you closer to your colleagues
  • It is easy to navigate between content and video with just one tap.

This one tap simplifies video, IM and content panes. Now you can even view content along with the caller’s video at the same time.

Skype Group Video Calling

Therefore, if you have the old version Lync 2013 on your iOS or Android device, you will get this new Business app as an update later this year. Skype for business mobile app works for anyone on Lync server 2013. In fact, they can easily upgrade this version on their device as soon as the app launches in the market. This app is highly compatible when deployed with the Lync server and Skype for online businesses.

So, what are you waiting for, join this review today to avail all the features of this new app. This app will definitely prove helpful for online businesses. However, if you fail to join the preview, Microsoft made the statement that this new skype for business app will be available for Lync 2013 app on the Android and iOS devices this year.

On the other hand, those who are already wondering where to find the windows phone app for Skype, this business app is available at the app store and you can download it easily from there.