For those that haven’t heard yet the next version of Lync is going to be known as Skype For business. It will have the same functionality as Lync but use the more familiar Skype interface making it easier for users who already use and love Skype to use Lync.
Microsoft have just announced that Lync Online will be upgraded to Skype for business in 90 days time.
Basically allowing us to enjoy all the benefits of Lync with the interface of Skype. And of course allowing for full chat and video conference between Skype For Business and regular Skype users.