Microsoft transforms enterprise communications and collaboration with Skype for Business

Microsoft partners are ready to help organizations deploy Skype for Business

Microsoft’s partner ecosystem is ready to help organization plan for their deployment of Skype for Business. There has been a five-fold increase in Microsoft partners deploying Lync in the cloud over the past year, and over 80 percent of the channel have been trained on Skype for Business. In addition, most existing software and hardware solutions that are qualified for Lync 2013 will also be compatible with Skype for Business.  As a result, current Lync customers can get quickly up and running with Skype for Business with the solutions they’re already using.

At ‘The Future of Skype’ event held today at The Conrad Hotel Bangkok, AudioCodes presented One Box 365, a unified solutions, products and services offering intended to simplify and accelerate voice-enablement of Microsoft Lync implementations. Also certified for Skype for Business, One Box 365 applies to the different Lync deployment architectures, including on-premises, cloud-based and hybrid. AudioCodes provides one of the broadest suite of voice solutions for Microsoft unified communications in the industry.

Hewlett-Packard (HP) also presented their Unified Communications solution offering and professional services in conjunction with Skype for Business that range from design, implementation and support. For example, the HP Network Solution for Lync includes support for continued communications even when the Wide Area Network (WAN) is unavailable, allowing Microsoft Lync (or Skype for Business) users to remain productive, make external phone calls, and sustain their internal peer-to-peer communications such as instant messaging.

Systems 2000, authorized distributor of world leading Plantronics communication headset and audio equipment, also presented its latest additions to Plantronics Unified Communications portfolio of audio devices that are optimized for Microsoft Lync, which are also certified for Skype for Business. Designed to deliver exceptional audio quality and enable effective communication and collaboration, regardless of workplace or location, these new offerings are the Voyager Edge UC and the Clarity 340.