Skype for Business, formerly known as Microsoft Lync, is a unified communications (UC) platform that integrates common channels of business communication and online meetings, including instant messaging (IM), presence, voice over IP (VoIP), voicemail, file transfers, video conferencing, web conferencing, and email. Skype for Business can be deployed on premises, in the Cloud, or as a hybrid service. Clients can run on Windows operating systems, Android phones and tablets and Apple iOS devices.
Skype for Business offers features including presence, IM, voice and video calls, and online meetings. Skype for Business provides a new client experience, a new server release, and updates to the service in Office 365.
If users in your organization are already familiar with Skype, they'll appreciate the power and simplicity of Skype for Business where it's easy to find and connect with co-workers. If users in your organization are coming to Skype for Business from Lync, they'll recognize all of the features they already use but in a fresh new interface with simplified controls and new additions.
In addition to the new client experience, Skype for Business Server 2015 provides several new features to improve manageability of on-premises servers and hybrid solutions.
New Features in Skype for Business Server 2015 include Improvements to:
- User Experience
- Voice and Video Support
- Mobile Support
- Management of On-Premises Servers
- Deployment and Management of Hybrid Solutions
- Multi-Factor Authentication Support
Skype for Business Certification
Validate your expertise in creating a consistent communications experience for your organization and in connecting your colleagues to people around the world.
(MCSA) Microsoft Certified Solution Associate: Office 365
Earning an MCSA certification qualifies you for a position as a software as a service (SaaS) administrator or cloud applications administrator focused on managing Office 365 business productivity products like Exchange, SharePoint & Skype. This certification retires on April 30, 2019.
Earn your Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Office 365
Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Productivity
This certification validates that you have the skills needed to move your company to the cloud, increase user productivity and flexibility, reduce data loss, and improve data security for your organization.
Once you obtain an associated Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MSCA), pass any ONE of the following elective exams to earn an MCSE: Productivity:
- 70-331: Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013
- 70-332: Advanced Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013
- 70-333: Deploying Enterprise Voice with Skype for Business 2015
- 70-334: Core Solutions of Microsoft Skype for Business 2015
- 70-339: Managing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2016
- 70-341: Core Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013
- 70-342: Advanced Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013
- 70-345: Designing and Deploying Microsoft Exchange Server 2016
Note that Microsoft will change the required elective exams every calendar year.
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