Lync 2013 – Skype For Business Client Comparison

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Since the release of Skype for Business Server earlier this month and the release of the client in April. I thought it would be a good idea to give  a side by side comparison of the Client side apps.

First we’re going to take a look at the UI:

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The major difference between the two UI:

  • a cleaner streamlined look and feel as where Lync 2013 was a cleaner look and feel than Lync 2010.
  • less boxes and more curves giving it a little Skype for Consumer feeling especially the Status Icon is that the same as the Skype for Consumer.
  • Also the the feature icons have changed see the below picture to distinguish between the Lync 2013 and Skype for Business

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When you right click on a user in your buddy list, the options are all the same with the exception of:

  • removal of all the Icons
  • renaming Call -> Lync Call to Call-> Skype Call

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Tools -> Options -> General

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  •  show call controls when Skype for Business is in the background (When you minimize a call or bring other applications into the foreground of your Skype for Business call window show the below windows that allows you to still control the call)

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  • Enabling of option: Send Skype for Business Improvement program info to Microsoft

Tools -> Options -> Personal

The only difference is the replacement of the word Lync with the word app

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Tools -> Options -> Contact List

No changes between Lync and Skype for Business

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Tools -> Options -> Status

No changes between Lync and Skype for Business

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Tools -> Options -> My Picture

No changes between Lync and Skype for Business, if you are on Exchange Server 2013 as your mail server you will have the option to Edit or Remove Picture. Otherwise the same rules apply to Skype for Business when it comes to Pictures in Lync 2013.

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Tools -> Options -> Phones

Joining conference calls option has been moved to Skype Meetings options, we will show that later in the post.

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Tools -> Options -> Alerts

New to Skype for business is the ability to show on what monitor and position you want your alerts to show up on

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Tools -> Options -> IM

You now have the ability to turn off:

  • copying the name and time from a chat message
  • emoticon animations ie. like the kind skype for consumer has

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Tools -> Options -> Persistent Chat

No changes between Lync and Skype for Business

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Tools -> Options -> Ringtones and Sounds

No changes between Lync and Skype for Business

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Tools -> Options -> Audio Device

No changes between Lync and Skype for Business

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Tools -> Options -> Video Device

No changes between Lync and Skype for Business

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Tools -> Options -> Call Forwarding

No changes between Lync and Skype for Business

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Tools -> Options -> File Saving

No changes between Lync and Skype for Business

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Tools -> Options -> Recording

No changes between Lync and Skype for Business

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Tools -> Options -> Lync/Skype Meetings

Under Meeting Default, rewording from Lync to Skype for Business

Joining conference calls has moved from the Phones option to the Skype Meetings option

LyncS4B-Meetings

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