Earlier this year, Microsoft stated that it planned to release a version of its Skype for Business app - the successor to the company's Lync communications platform - for the Android operating system. Today the company has announced the availability of Skype for Business for Android.
The interface for Android's Skype for Business app is visually similar to versions of Skype on other platforms, and it displays recent contacts, recent conversations, a search bar, and appointments within its main view. A 'Quick Join' feature enables users to instantly join their meetings by simply tapping an icon next to the meeting name; tapping the name of a meeting itself will reveal details about that meeting.
According to the app's details, its key features include:
- Initiate a group IM or video conversation and invite additional participants
- Join, rejoin and initiate a Skype for Business Meeting to communicate and collaborate on amazing ideas
- Share your video and view speaker's video during a conference
- Control the meeting (mute or remove attendees) and know more about participants’ modalities
- Look at your upcoming meetings and join via one click
- Find your recent conversations and pick them up from where you left
- Search your contacts by name, email, or phone number
- Enhanced security via Active Directory Authentication Library (ADAL)
In addition to these features, Microsoft intends to update the app on a regular basis and has also indicated that it will integrate Skype for Business with its Intune service at a later date.
As was the case for iOS users when Skype for Business was released on that platform, Android users who have already installed the Lync 2013 app will automatically receive the new Skype for Business app depending on their device settings. However, it is also available for download at the Google Play Store.
Source: Microsoft via The Next Web | Image: Microsoft