Microsoft has announced release dates for Skype for Business Windows client, server and Office 365. The client will be an update to Lync 2013 and delivered via Office updates on April 16th as part of patch Tuesday. The client will include a Skype for Business and Lync 2013 skin, which is controllable via policy so that user experience can be managed. Skype for Business Server 2015 is targeting a release date of May 1st, and will roll out to Office 365 customers throughout the month.
- By default Office 365 users of Lync will change to the Skype for Business UI skin
- For Lync on-premises users the update applies, however the Lync 2013 UI skin is the default
- The default skin for Office 365 and on-premises can be controlled by policy
- In either UI case the desktop icon will reflect Skype for Business
- Outlook meetings will be re-branded to “Skype Meetings”, and sport a Skype for Business logo
Controlling the UI Experience
Set-CsClientPolicy -Identity <policy> -EnableSkypeUI $true
By pushing out the following registry key out to workstations, you can avoid users seeing the Skype for Business skin. However, as mentioned above, they will still need to be made aware of other Skype references in the updated client.
Lync 2013 UI vs Skype for Business UI
Skype Consumer vs Skype for Business UI