Microsoft is rolling out its new Skype for Business product as part of the monthly April update for Office 2013, as well as to Office 365 customers around the world, marking the end of the road for its Lync unified communications brand.

Redmond first announced that Lync was to be superseded by a new Skype for Business solution in November 2014.The intention is to fuse the widespread user familiarity of Skype with the enterprise-grade security, compliance and control features of Lync.

Lync Online users in Office 365 will start to see Skype for Business appearing in the next few weeks, although for customers that want a little more time to prepare for the changes, administrators will be able to switch between Skype for Business and the old Lync UI.

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