Lync is now Skype for Business, a communications and collaboration platform that brings together an experience inspired by Skype with the enterprise-grade security, compliance, and control of Lync.
Skype for Business offers features including presence, IM, voice and video calls, and online meetings. Skype for Business provides a new client experience, a new server release, and updates to the service in Office 365.
If users in your organization are already familiar with Skype, they'll appreciate the power and simplicity of Skype for Business where it's easy to find and connect with co-workers. If users in your organization are coming to Skype for Business from Lync, they'll recognize all of the features they already use but in a fresh new interface with simplified controls and new additions.
In addition to the new client experience, Skype for Business Server 2015 provides several new features to improve manageability of on-premises servers and hybrid solutions.
New Features in Skype for Business Server 2015 include Improvements to:
- User Experience
- Voice and Video Support
- Mobile Support
- Management of On-Premises Servers
- Deployment and Management of Hybrid Solutions
- Multi-Factor Authentication Support
Skype for Business Certification*
Validate your expertise in creating a consistent communications experience for your organization and in connecting your colleagues to people around the world.
(MCSA) Microsoft Certified Solution Associate: Office 365
Earning an MCSA certification qualifies you for a position as a software as a service (SaaS) administrator or cloud applications administrator focused on managing Office 365 business productivity products like Exchange, SharePoint & Skype.
Earn your Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Office 365
Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Productivity
This certification validates that you have the skills needed to move your company to the cloud, increase user productivity and flexibility, reduce data loss, and improve data security for your organization.
NOTE: To earn the MCSE: Productivity certification, you must first earn a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Office 365 or Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2016/2012, and then, pass a single additional exam from a list of electives associated with the corresponding certification.
Once you hold an MSCA: Office 365 or MSCA: Windows Server, pass any one of the following elective exams to earn an MCSE: Productivity:
Note that Microsoft will change the required elective exams every calendar year.
*Important MCSE & MCSD Certification Changes from Microsoft
On September 26, 2016, five new Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) and Developer (MCSD) specialties were released. To earn each of the new certifications—MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure, MCSE: Mobility, MCSE: Data Management and Analysis, MCSE: Productivity, or MCSD: App Builder—you must first earn a qualifying Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification and, then, pass a single additional exam from a list of electives associated with the corresponding certification.