Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Skype for Business Arrives With No Sync Feature

After Microsoft brought Skype for Business, Windows Phone were assured that they can get the app ahead of their counterparts on Android and iOS.

According to PCWorld, the Skype for Business app, which replaced Lync on desktop PCs and the Web, will download automatically on Windows Phone 8.1 handsets. The problem is that Microsoft's business customers subscribing to Office 365 should not expect conversation syncing, at least from this version of Skype for Business.

Given the fact that a Windows Phone has limited space with which to work, one change that Microsoft has made to the app is to “wall off” extraneous conversations. This means that if a new message arrives on the phone, user will have the option to answer it without other clients' grabbing the conversation, Microsoft said. Microsoft has also encrypted conversation and voice mail history by default.

One of the complaints Skype users have had, however, is that conversations that roam between various platforms don’t sync appropriately, meaning that users might end up with notifications being sent to their PC some time before they arrive on their phone. Microsoft apparently solved that problem, provided users are running the latest server software—just not for Office 365 users. That capability will be coming soon, the company said.

Otherwise, the new Skype for Business app for Windows Phone features the Skype UI and 100 new emoticons, to give it a bit of extra punch.

A few days ago, the Skype for Business team previewed a "broadcast" feature that will allow meetings to be shown to up to 10,000 participants. The app now also works with traditional telephones, so that users can simply dial in to conference calls.

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