Microsoft is previewing iOS and Android versions of its Skype for Business app, following “great momentum in the first few months” since the desktop launch.
The company has been taking its core apps cross-platform for a number of months, in order to extend its reach beyond its own ailing mobile platform. Earlier in the year, Microsoft brought Cortana and its Office apps to iOS and Android.
“We’ve infused Skype simplicity throughout the new apps, created a new dashboard for easy navigation of contacts, calls and meetings, and updated the in-call and in-meeting experience,” wrote Jared Goralnick, principal group programme manager, on Microsoft’s Office blog.
The updated dashboard brings the contact search bar, upcoming meetings and most recent conversations to one place, and Microsoft has also included larger buttons and full-screen video to improve the mobile experience.
Administrators wanting to participate in the preview need to get in touch with the company and nominate up to four end users for iOS and four for Android by 14 August to be considered in the first batch.
Just last month, Microsoft launched another app aimed at businesses called Send, which lets users write short messages to co-workers, with the aim of doing away with “subject lines and formal email constructs”.