Microsoft recently announced Skype for Business… and it has already created a huge buzz in unified communications industry. We have been asked so many questions about it by partners/customers. Lets look at some of the quotes by Microsoft along with this announcement.
“To me that’s the broadest definition of productivity, which is for us to empower individuals and organizations to be able to make things happen and get stuff done,” Satya Nadella.
“Connecting people across all of life’s moments – to talk, to share, to collaborate – is at the heart of helping people make the most of every moment,” Gurdeep Pall.
What’s Devcentrics Take on this news?
Microsoft Lync is an enterprise ready communications platform. Skype is a lead communication productivity application for end users. Skype for business is an idea to create a platform out of these two, by effectively integrating the enterprise architecture of Lync and brilliant user experience of Skype.
Lync has the right architecture to help customers deploy a stable and secure communications platform. While Skype can provide an excellent user experience in low bandwidth environment. We truly believe that the integration of these two server and client experience would yield an outcome which customers would love.
What is “Skype for business”?
Skype for business will be available for the Lync customers in place of Microsoft Lync. Skype for business takes advantage of both; Skype and Lync. Skype for business keeps and improves on the capabilities of Microsoft Lync.
When will it be available?
In the first half of 2015, the next version of Lync will become Skype for Business with a new client experience, new server release, and updates to the service in Office 365.
What happens to the existing Lync customers?
Current Lync Server customers will be able to take advantage of these capabilities simply by updating from Lync Server 2013 to the new Skype for Business Server in their datacenters. No new hardware is required.