Microsoft has put a lot of effort into its rebranding of Lync to Skype for Business. The strategy kicked off in October 2014 and the company kept with it, delivering tidbits of news along the way with an eventual deadline. Finally, today the company is rolling out a transformative update that will forever change Lync to Skype for Business. No matter how you slice it, the new name just doesn't roll off the tongue quite right. But, Microsoft has never been really good at product naming.
However, given Microsoft's history of patch delivery followed quickly by patch recall, the Skype for Business update needs to break from the past and be successful.
With this in mind, it's interesting to see that the Skype for Business update already has its own update.
The Skype for Business update is KB2889923. However, though a minor thing, Microsoft has delivered its own update alongside it. KB2889853 is also available and provides a fix for the Skype for Business help window.
The two updates both say After you apply this April 14, 2015 update, Lync 2013 will be upgraded to Skype for Business, however parsing through them, KB2889923 is the full update and KB2889853 is the fix for the help system.
There are a quite a few other known issues with the Skype for Business update, but the Help problem is the only one with its own update so far. The other known issues:
- KB 3051158 "Help isn't working" error occurs when you open the "Skype for Business Help" window in Skype for Business
- KB 3051516 "Copy" and "Select All' menu items are disabled for the first instant message in a conversation in Skype for Business
- KB 3053114 Cannot open links without the "http://" prefix and the links that are to an OneNote page in Skype for Business
- KB 3051160 Cannot join meetings by using Lync 2010 after you install OneDrive for Business
- KB 3053998 Memory leak occurs when you transfer a file that is larger than 5 megabytes (MB) in a conversation in Skype for Business
- KB 3054008 CPU usage increases largely when you have multiple animated emoticons in conversations in Skype for Business