Microsoft’s Skype for Business mobile app has been rolled out publicly today, and has been a welcomed upgrade from the previous Lync edition. On top of a similar Skype interface many users have become accustomed to, this new release will resolve some of the issues testers had experienced in the beta version, including sign-in issues stemming from the Lync 2013 app on Apple’s iOS 9.
The Skype for Business App will have an updated dashboard showing a search bar for finding contacts, a list for upcoming meetings, as well as a list of recent conversations. The search bar ties to the company’s Global Address List through their first name, last names, email alias, phone numbers, as well as any consumer Skype user found through their Skype ID.
Additional changes from the Lync app include full screen video calling, larger mute button, and being able to see content being shared and the speaker’s video simultaneously. On the administrative side, Office 365 admins can configure multi-factor authentication for the Skype for Business iOS app through Active Directory Authentication Library (ADAL) – based authentication for additional security measures. This means the user would be required to respond to a call, text, or app notification on their device after entering their username and password to join the app.
To see more of the features and management capabilities of the app, please go to https://techcrunch.com/2015/10/14/microsofts-skype-for-business-ios-app-now-available-to-all/ to see the article in its entirety and the links associated.
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Martin Feehan, PEI