Microsoft Lync Basic Updates to Skype for Business

As you may have recently noticed, your Microsoft Lync Basic now bears the name Skype for Business Online.  This is a very recent development wherein this Microsoft product is now sporting a new brand.  This was an update that BIT originally thought we would be able to control rolling out to State users, but that was not the case.  Microsoft’s automatic update process is doing it instead.

The most noticeable differences are the new interface appearance, logo and color scheme.  All other functions of Skype for Business will be the same as the previous Lync version.  We are sorry for any inconvenience or confusion this unexpected update has caused for your agency and employees.

A reboot of your computer should change Lync to Skype for Business. If your Lync has not been updated to Skype for Business after the reboot, please contact the BIT Help Desk for assistance.

The below image gives an example of the old Lync interface (left) compared to the new Skype for Business interface (right).

Logon Screen Change for Outlook Web Access

Outlook Web Access (OWA) is the state’s browser-based email client. Outlook Web App lets you access your state email from almost any web browser.  The OWA logon screen you are used to will change on the evening of May 12th around 9 PM. If you access your email from a web browser after that time, the login screen will look different (see below screenshots).   However, after you log in, it will look and function just as before.  No other changes are being implemented.

This change will affect you only if you have previously submitted a Remote Access Device (RAD) form (  RAD forms are submitted to request state email access on a smartphone or similar device and/or if you need access to webmail.  If you are interested in having OWA access to your state email account, please contact your supervisor.  

For additional information on any of the topics covered above, please contact your agency’s BIT Point of Contact.