Microsoft has announced the general availability of its Skype for Business app on iOS, but the Android version still languishes in a preview state.
The iOS version of Skype for Business in now publically available to iPhone and iPad users, with Microsoft's Office team citing strong user feedback as the reason for taking the iOS app out of preview.
Microsoft has plans to make the Android version generally available later this year, but did not reveal any specific dates for its rollout.
Jared Goralnick, principal group programme manager for the Skype for Business team, explained on the Microsoft Office blog that releasing Skype for Business on Android and iOS reflects the continuing adoption of the service by businesses.
"We've infused Skype simplicity throughout the new iOS and Android apps, created a new dashboard for easy navigation of your contacts, calls and meetings, and updated the In-Call and In-Meeting experience," he said, highlighting some of the features of the app.
"The updated dashboard brings the contact search bar, your upcoming meetings and most recent conversations to one place."
Goralnick explained that these features added into the mobile app version of Skype for Business enable users of the preview to rapidly search for contacts using name, email alias or phone number. iOS users are also able to search for phone contacts as well as Skype contacts in the app.
Additional functionality enables users to see upcoming appointments and meetings which they can join remotely via the Quick Join icon. The recent conversations feature, as the name suggests, allows users to peruse their most recent chats, phone calls and meetings.
Goralnick claimed the Skype for Business app has been built specifically to make navigating calls and meetings easier on smartphones and tablets.
The app features bigger buttons, video calls that fill a device screen, and the ability to navigate between instant messaging, video calls and other content at the same time.
Skype for Business effectively replaces Microsoft's Lync enterprise communication tool, and is being rolled out incrementally as an upgrade.
Microsoft said that users of Lync 2013 on iOS and Android will receive an upgrade to Skype for Business later this year.
Skype is getting a significant amount of attention from Microsoft. The company aims to bring the Skype Translator service to Windows this summer, and recently launched a beta version of Skype for Web across the globe.
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