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Skype for Business Android (Preview): First Look

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NOTE: This is Preview product and final may have changes.

The Skype for Business Android Preview has now started. (https://www.skypepreview.com/)

Some of the changes I’ve noticed in summary

  • Obviously Skype colors and styles
  • The Home/Dashboard screen is Upcoming meetings, Recent Conversations & Search Contacts
  • Favorites Contacts are in a “grid” format compared to Lync “list” format (uses tablet width more gracefully)

Some critiques

  • buttons/areas for changing between Home/Dashboard, Contacts, Dialer/Voicemail and Change Presence screens are fairly small buttons
  • Changing between screens is not 1 click (Home/Dashboard, Contacts, Dialer/Voicemail and Change Presence screens)
    • for example: changing between contacts and dialer navigation is back, then dialer instead of just tapping dialer from the contacts screen

The new Android client uses a grid arrangement for contacts as opposed to the Lync list format for contacts. (as shown above)

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Contacts and Contact Groups

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Favorites and other lists

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The Skype for Business Android home screen has areas for Contact Search, Upcoming Meetings and Recent conversations. Microsoft is calling the home screen the “Dashboard”.

home-dashboard

The Active Call window looks very “Skype”.

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Change presence.

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Dialer has new colors, but otherwise looks like Lync.

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Looks like Microsoft is doing some nice work in bring Skype for Business branding and features to Android.

Announcing Skype4B Android (Office.com)
https://blogs.office.com/2015/08/11/announcing-the-technical-preview-of-skype-for-business-apps-for-ios-and-android/

What’s New in Skype for Business Android (Office.com article)
https://support.office.com/en-us/article/See-what-s-new-in-Skype-for-Business-for-iOS-and-Android-937cc82c-4f22-4781-acb8-12160354a4f7?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US

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