This week has been a fairly exciting week for Microsoft so far, and on Wednesday it got a lot more interesting. Microsoft debuted the Skype for Business product with initial details, but got more official on Wednesday. Zig Serafin, corporate vice president for Skype for Business gave more details on the product for business users.
The Skype for Business product was detailed in a lot more length on Wednesday during Zig Serafin’s blog post. The goal was to debut the next generation communications platform, and to encourage users to try the preview. It’s the next version of Lync, mixed in with the goodnes of Skype for Business users.
Investments and Foundation
The first thing discussed in the blog post, was to make Skype for Business familiar for business users. It has all the same functions of Lync and Skype, but merged. It is part of Office 365 as well, and has presence, IM, voice, video calls, and online meetings built in. Additionally, it will help with emails, calendars, and more.
Second, Microsoft detailed their large investment into datacenters. They have datacenters in over 37 countries, and will scale on the cloud for business users. Skype will offer enterprise voice and audio conferencing in Office 365, and include enterprise-grade PSTN connectivity. They are teaming up with communications partners to make this happen.
Skype Room Systems and Relationships
Third, Microsoft is unveiling Skype Room Systems, which will help Skype be delivered in business meeting centers around the globe. They are working with Crestron, Polycom, and Smart to make physical meeting spaces the next place for Skype meetings. This will transform regular meetings into great Skype meetings.
Lastly, Microsoft announced partnerships with Polycom, and the debut of the Polycom RoundTable 100. It will be around $1,000, but give all the features of Skype for Business in one Polycom system. Additionally, Microsoft Surface Hub will get updates to work with Skype for Business as well.
Skype for Business got official on Wednesday. It looks awesome, and the video below shows off how wonderful it looks.
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