Let's set the record straight. Microsoft Skype for Business is not just a rebranding of Lync. Nor does it have exactly the same feature set as the consumer version of Skype, although many of the new features are buried beneath the UI.
Polycom is expanding the RealPresence Group Series to include two new video collaboration products aimed at end users with small workspaces. The idea behind the new products is to turn those workspaces into collaboration hubs.
It's little surprise that much of the news and chatter coming out of Microsoft Ignite this week involves Skype for Business, the company's latest take on a unified communications solution that is slowly replacing Lync.
At Microsoft Ignite, Lync- and Skype-focused firm Unify Square unveiled a provisioning tool for the popular unified communications solutions. Dubbed PowerProv, the new tool provides end-to-end provisioning for Skype for Business and Lync.
Selecting and deploying a unified communications solution is no easy task. But sometimes it is. Only the boldest of the bold truly like to play office politics, but choosing the right UC solution can be a very political decision, according to a TechTarget article.
It's of little surprise there's at least some talk about Skype for Business at Interop. At the show, one of the pieces of news to come out is that Extreme Networks' software-defined networking platform and OneController have been updated to support the Microsoft VoIP and unified communications tool.
Microsoft has been gaining its share of followers with its Lync unified communication solution in both its on-premise and cloud-based deployment options. Still, there's work to do.
If cloud VoIP and UC providers want to gain significant traction, which appears to be happening, and keep their customers from seeking out alternatives, downtime is something that needs to become a thing of the past.
This week marks the beginning of the end of Microsoft Lync Online, as the vendor starts to shift its customers from Lync to Skype for Business Online, which officially launched yesterday.
The only unfortunate thing about the proliferation of easy and cheap videoconferencing is those of us in the media can no longer make "where's my video phone?" jokes.