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Lync is Now Skype for Business

Student presentation

By Laura Yates

Published April 13, 2015

On April 14, 2015, Microsoft re-branded “Lync” as “Skype for Business.” Find out what it means for UB. 


Laura Yates (UBIT Staff) is a valuable member of UB Information Technology and has worked for UB for 30 years, most recently as part of the IT Policy & Communication team. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her grandson and taking walks with her dog, Freckles.

Where did the “L" Lync icon go?

You‘ll notice right away that the application icon will change to the Skype for Business “S” icon instead of the Lync ”L” icon If you have automatic updates for Microsoft products turned on. 

Skype for Business will automatically be installed on your Windows device the next time the update runs. 

Is this Skype what I use for family and friends?

Skype for Business is not to be confused with the commonly used Skype product Skype for Business builds on existing Lync features, so no features or functionality will be lost.

What about other clients?

Microsoft has not released new clients for Macintosh and Mobile apps for Skype for Business. Continue to use the Lync 2013 clients.

Want to learn more? 

Learn more about Using Skype for Business at UB.

Faculty and staff with questions should contact their IT staff directly. Students should contact the UBIT Help Center for assistance.