Microsoft releases Skype for Business for Mac, adds new capabilities on iOS and Android

It's been six months since Microsoft launched the public preview of its new Skype for Business client for Mac. The company said at the time that it expected to release the new client in the third quarter of this year.

Today, somewhat later than planned, Microsoft has announced general availability of Skype for Business on Mac, which is now available to download. The new client replaces the ageing Lync for Mac 2011 application, and Microsoft says it delivers "a great first class experience for Mac users".

Additionally, Microsoft announced new capabilities in its Skype for Business apps on iOS and Android:

Present in a meeting from your mobile app—Now you can present content right from Android or iOS device. No more emailing files and links back and forth when you present from your phone or tablet. Now sharing a PowerPoint deck in a meeting is as easy as selecting the file from your favorite cloud drive and presenting right from your phone. On Android, you can also share a file stored on the device itself. With swipe gestures, you can easily transition between different slides. Once shared, the PowerPoint file also becomes available in the meeting’s content bin for other participants to download or present.

Video-based Screen Sharing for mobile devices—We’re also continuing to enhance the content viewing experience with Skype for Business on mobile devices by using Video-based Screen Sharing (VbSS) for content viewing on iOS and Android apps. The initial setup is much faster, the experience more reliable, while also consuming network bandwidth efficiently. It provides a seamless viewing experience, especially if you are sharing animated content such as CAD models. Learn more about VbSS and how it can enhance your meeting experience.

Further improvements are promised in future updates, including CallKit integration on iOS.

Source: Office Blogs

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