Microsoft has announced the release of Skype for Business in Preview Mode for the Mac which represents a Skype version meant to be used in a business context – directed at a commercial client base. Anybody from IT admins to regular users can register to test the preview mode which is said to have features such as Outlook integration, calls that allow up to 250 people and it’s more secure. However, the first ones who will test it before everybody else will be the IT administrators.
The Preview build will be released in three stages, so there will be two more stages before Microsoft makes the public version available to all of us.
Those interested in testing it can go to SkypePreview.com and register to get an invite. Once you receive the invite, you can choose to share it with other testers from your company.
This new Mac designed Skype Preview will prove to be very useful as one of its key features is very needed in a corporate context. And that feature is that it can pull the details for your meetings from Outlook and put them in the Skype Business app. Plus, you can join meetings just by clicking on the option, you can use a full screen mode, you can share screens or chat while you’re in a meeting.
The Business app also brings a Meet Now feature located in the Meeting Menu which basically creates an impromptu meeting, which is something that is supposed to rival with the conference options of Skype’s rival, Slack.
In the second stage of the release, Microsoft will bring instant messaging, a presence option plus a list of contacts to the app. The third release will add telephony features which will complete the app.
So far, Skype for Business has been released by Microsoft for iOS and Android, and the Mac one will take advantage of APIs from Mac OS X El Capitan.
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