Skype for Business Update, Vonage Grows UcaaS, and Sprint Intros WaaS


Story by Larry Hettick

Last week, Microsoft provided the technical preview of the Skype for Business client, giving customers an opportunity to trial Skype for Business in preparation for full-scale roll-out planned for next month. The offer will  also include a Skype for Business Server and new Office 365 services.

Microsoft also announced it will deliver three new Skype for Business services, including enterprise voice and audio conferencing in Office 365, along with enterprise-grade PSTN connectivity, beginning in the U.S. later this year and followed by a global roll out. Microsoft will partner with AT&T, BT, Colt, Equinix, Level 3 Communications, Orange Business Services, TATA Communications, Telstra, Verizon and Vodafone to deliver direct connections to Office 365.

It also unveiled that Skype Room Systems will be delivered via Skype for Business with partners Crestron, Polycom and Smart. Devices will be built on a platform based on Windows 10, and will be available for customers in the Windows 10 timeframe. Lync Rooms Systems devices will also be upgradable to Skype Room Systems.

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