Today is the day that Lync is forever and always laid to rest. Today Skype for Business takes over, bumping the business communications tool into the East River, concrete galoshes and all. And, all it cost was a simple update.
In the next several weeks, Lync Online will adopt the new Skype for Business experience and Microsoft is planning that all business will accept the changeover by the end of May. Microsoft provides tools to businesses that want to delay the update until testing can be completed, but the change is happening and there's no turning back.
For those interested, Microsoft has now given the update its own KB article. The article details the requirements for the update which include Office 2013 Service Pack 1, the March 2014 Lync 2013 update, and a patch already released to fix an issue with Skype for Business itself.
The KB Article is here: April 14, 2015 update for Skype for Business (KB2889923)
Also, its worth noting that there are a number of known issues with the Skype for Business patch:
- 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 3051517 Receiver cannot open or save transferred files in a chat room 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