Skype for Business preview lands on iOS & Android – what about Windows 10?
The slow roll towards the debut of Windows 10 Mobile continues as the last preview build before final release is out. Or at least, what we think will be the final preview build. Application development for Windows Phone 8.1 has all but stood still for obvious reasons. Yet, each day that Microsoft isn’t updating its core apps on its home platform, it’s doing so for others. Microsoft’s Office suite of apps for iOS and Android get more updates than the same set for Windows Phone. One of Microsoft’s latest acquisitions, Sunrise Calendar, has yet to announce any push in the Windows mobile ecosystem.
All of the above make it less of a surprise that we saw the preview of Skype for Business drop for iOS and Android today. Recall that Microsoft launched the desktop version of Skype for Business earlier this year. The plan is that the application is expected to replace Lync, an instant messaging service within Office 365. Requirements for joining the preview program are in the source link.
The new Skype UI features search bar contact lookup, calendar view of your future appointments and a log of recent conversations. The in-call experience has been updated with larger, easier-to-press buttons and split-screen functionality to look at content and the call participants.
With the release landing firmly within the Windows Phone 8 and Windows 10 Mobile development gap, we’re wondering when the backload of these core app updates and launches will get pushed out, if at all.
The wait for 10 continues.
An earlier version of this story omitted the release of Skype for Business for Windows Phone 8.1. Pocketnow regrets the error.