News

Microsoft Releases Windows Phone Version of Skype for Business

Microsoft on Monday unveiled a mobile app of its Skype for Business product designed for Windows Phone devices.

The new app replaces the old Lync client app and comes with a Skype-like user interface. Microsoft also added "at-rest data encryption," meaning that Skype data is encrypted when stored on a server. Microsoft also is promising improved data synchronization with the Skype for Business client, although that requires "running the latest server software."

Users of Windows Phone 8.1 devices with the Lync 2013 client app installed will get automatically updated to the new Skype for Business app, according to Microsoft's announcement. It's not clear from the announcement when those upgrades will take effect, though.

Windows Phone 8.1 users who don't have the Lync 2013 app can simply download the new Skype for Business app from the Windows Store.

The new app isn't available for Windows Phone 8.0 users. They have to either upgrade the OS to Windows Phone 8.1 or continue using the Lync 2013 or Lync 2010 clients on Windows Phone 8.0.

Microsoft doesn't have a native Skype for Business client for the Mac platform. The latest client for the Mac is Lync for Mac 2011, according to Microsoft's TechNet article, "Skype for Business client software support." It's possible to use Skype for Business Web apps, though, on both Mac and Windows platforms.

Surprisingly, Microsoft does not have native Skype for Business clients available for Android and iOS platforms. There aren't any Web apps for those OS platforms either.

On the desktop side, Microsoft released Skype for Business clients for Office 365 and Office 2013 users back in April.

About the Author

Kurt Mackie is senior news producer for 1105 Media's Converge360 group.

Featured

  • 2021 Microsoft Conference Calendar: For Partners, IT Pros and Developers

    Here's your guide to all the IT training sessions, partner meet-ups and annual Microsoft conferences you won't want to miss.

  • Microsoft Releases 'Staged Rollout' for Hybrid Active Directory

    Microsoft recently announced the general availability of a "staged rollout" feature in Azure Active Directory designed for organizations with "hybrid" environments.

  • The 2021 Microsoft Product Roadmap

    From Windows 10X to the next generation of Microsoft's application server products, here are the product milestones coming down the pipeline in 2021.

  • Microsoft Expands Azure Space Efforts with Azure Orbital Ground Stations

    Microsoft has launched its first Azure Orbital "ground station as a service" units, the company announced this week, starting with its own datacenter in Quincy, Wash.