Microsoft Launches New Skype For Business For Mac

Microsoft has announced the start of Skype for Business for Mac Public Preview. Commercial customers can now easily request an invite in order to test the Mac client, which is now available. The company informs us that they will start issuing invites to IT administrators in order to download the client and then gradually expand the preview to everyone in the upcoming weeks.
 
Microsoft states,
 
“The preview will release in three cumulative stages leading to public availability, planned for the third quarter of 2016. Today’s initial release lets you see and join your meetings.”
 
Let us now take a look at the functionality rolling out today and what’s coming up in the near future, as per the official blog;
 
Preview phase one— Once you sign in, you’ll be able to view your meetings for today and tomorrow, based on your Outlook calendar, displayed in the Skype for Business client.
 
 
Image Source: blogs.office.com
 
You can now join any meeting with just one click, and enjoy full-screen video, content viewing, in-meeting chat and the ability to invite others to the meeting.
 
Preview phase two— Microsoft will soon be adding instant messaging, presence, and contacts in the next preview release which will be launched in early summer. You can continue to use Lync for Mac 2011 alongside with Skype for Mac Preview, providing you with continued access to messaging and voice features.
 
Image Source: blogs.office.com
 
Preview phase three— Microsoft will soon be adding telephony and related features later this summer.
 
The company states,
 
“To get started, IT administrators can sign up their organization by visiting the Skype for Business Preview site. Each day, we will issue invitations to IT administrators, with the goal of extending invitations to everyone in the coming weeks. Once an IT administrator downloads the preview client, they can manage its distribution to end users within their organization.”
 
To sign up or to check your status, visit www.SkypePreview.com
 
To gain more information and to see the new experiences in action, watch the video given below.