Microsoft Brings Skype Closer to Unified Business Communication

UC Commander acquisition, Slack integration play into Microsoft’s overarching unified communications and collaboration (UCC) strategy.

Story by Rob Marvin, PCMag

Microsoft isn’t hiding its concerted effort to capture all facets of the cloud-based enterprise communication and collaboration market. Look no further than the Microsoft Cloud commercials littering NFL playoff broadcasts for the company’s simple message: your business should run on Microsoft software and services, and it should all be accessible from one place.

All Microsoft’s services run on the company’s cloud platform on the back end, soon to be rolled into the Microsoft Azure Stack hybrid cloud infrastructure, but the core value for business users is integrating all those disparate offerings—from its Skype for Business Online $2.00 at Microsoft voice over IP (VoIP) service to Office 365 $69.99 at Dell—into a single experience for businesses. Microsoft’s recent acquisition of Event Zero’s UC Commander suite is a move to make that happen sooner rather than later.

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