Microsoft is going to replace its own Office Communication platform Lync in the first half of 2015. The tech giant is reinventing the way it handles communication within the enterprise with the introduction of Skype for Business- a mash up between Skype and Lync. Skype will be adopting enterprise security, compliance, and control from Lync to make Skype the most trusted communications platform for collaboration.

Skype for Business Will Be Better Than Ever

Skype for Business will result into a new client experience as well as new server release, though the new collaboration platform will still remain as an Office 365 service replacing Lync. It’s basically Lync but with upgraded services and interface.

Similar features will still be used in Skype for Business including the familiar Skype icons for calling, adding video and ending a call. There’s also the addition of the call monitor from Skype which will make active call visible when a user uses another app.

Transferring calls also will take only one click unlike instead of multiple clicks. It will also feature more improvements like in content sharing and telephony.

Existing Lync User Need Not to Worry

Those who are still using the Lync Servers can experience Skype for Business in 2015 by simply updating the Lync Server 2013 to the new Skype for Business Server in their datacenters. Microsoft will handle the updates for Office 365 users without requiring any hardware to do so.

More Consolidation for Microsoft

It’s not the first major action that Microsoft has taken as part of its consolidation scheme. In 2012, the company shut down Windows Live Messenger and in May 2013 Skype was integrated into Lync to facilitate a more communication experience using the two platforms. One more service is heading its way out, and the only leverage Microsoft has in the communication scene is Skype, with its Skype for Business.

It’s a rebranding move for Microsoft and it’s not the first time that the company did this. Still, Skype remains the most used messaging and calling service next to Facebook with its ever growing 300 million users.