Microsoft delivers Skype for Business app for Windows Phone

Microsoft is rolling out is Skype for Business unified communications app for Windows Phone 8.1.
Written by Mary Jo Foley, Senior Contributing Editor

Microsoft has updated and made available its Skype for Business client app for Windows Phones, officials said on July 6.

The updated unified communications app formerly known as Lync, includes updated notifications, enhanced security features, synchronization of conversations across devices and updated emoticons "as long as you're running the latest server software," Microsoft execs said.

Those with the Lync 2013 app on their Windows Phones automatically will be updated to the new Skype for Business app. The more granular details:

  • If you have a Windows Phone 8.1 and higher but do not have the Lync 2013 app, you can download the new Skype for Business app in the Windows Store.
  • If you have Windows Phone 8.1 and higher and currently have the Lync 2013 mobile app, the new Skype for Business app will replace your existing app and tile automatically.
  • If you have Windows Phone 8.0, you will continue to use Lync 2013 or Lync 2010, which remains compatible even if your organization is running the new


    Skype for Business Server.

Skype for Business clients for Apple and Android are expected to be available starting later this year.

In other Microsoft app-related news, the Microsoft Garage incubator has released a new app developed by part of the Outlook team called Tossup. Tossup allows groups to plan and make decisions with polling and suggested choices. Information for restaurants is pulled from Bing.

The app is available for iPhones and Android phones. There's no word on if or when it will come to Windows Phone.

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