Office 2016 Preview & Skype for Business

Big news today from the Office team!

The Office 2016 IT Pro and Developer Preview is now available! This is a very early build however those who choose to use the preview will receive updates and new functionality along the way, much like the Windows 10 Technical Preview. From an Office 365 point of view there are some lovely new features such as MAPI/HTTP built into Outlook, much better deployment and update management options for Click to Run deployments. If you want to grab the Preview, you can log in or sign up for a Microsoft Connect account and get your grubby mitts on it!

More information can be found here: http://blogs.office.com/2015/03/16/announcing-the-office-2016-it-pro-and-developer-preview/

In other news, the Skype for Business Preview has also been announced. This is the replacement for the Lync client and has been forthcoming for some time now. The concept is to bring the Skype experience to Office 365 customers, whilst retaining the Enterprise features which make Lync such a popular product, much like OneDrive and OneDrive for Business. Just like the Lync client, this will be built into Office 2016, however this product is much further down the development timeline and will be rolling out to Office 365 Lync Online customers starting next month!

The announcement can be found here with further information: http://blogs.office.com/2015/03/16/get-ready-for-skype-for-business/

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