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UW Lync is UW Skype for Business

In mid-April 2015, Microsoft announced a new version of Lync called Skype for Business. The name change reflects the fact that Microsoft is bringing Lync and Skype under the same brand.

People who  have been using Lync 2013 on  Windows computers will notice that Lync has been replaced by Skype for Business  after applying the latest  Windows updates.

Windows users who have installed Office ProPlus via Office 365 Business can get Skype for Business by re-installing Office 2013 from Office 365. Changes to the Mac and Mobile versions will follow.

While this change is being rolled out across all platforms it may be a little confusing as people (and documentation)  will refer to the program as both Lync and Skype for Business. Initially the changes are primarily cosmetic and should not impact the features and functions of either product.

To learn more about Microsoft’s plans for Skype for Business or other components of Office 365 you can visit the  Microsoft Office 365 Roadmap.