For a long time, there has been nothing but silence regarding this subject, but it looks like Microsoft is finally getting its new Skype for Business on-premises server ready. What can we expect in the future?
Judging from a list of sessions on Skype for Business that are slated for this year’s Microsoft Ignite conference for IT professionals, that is taking place in late September, things are moving forward, and another on-premises version of the software is coming.
Originally, back in 2015, the company was offering three new Skype for Business services as a part of the Microsoft Office 365 E5 plan: Skype Meeting Broadcast, PSTN Conferencing and Calling, and Cloud PBX.
Did you know that the original name of Teams, its Slack competitor, was Skype Teams? Currently, at least feature-wise, there seems to be a lot of overlap in terms of features between Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams. Several of the Ignite sessions will clear up the relationship between the two programs.
Specifically, both provide the following functionality:
– Group meetings
– Instant messaging
– Video calls
– Voice calls
– Real-time presence
– Scheduled meetings
In terms of features that are unique to them, one of the main differences is that while Teams provides threaded chat, Skype for Business provides broadcast meetings. To expand on the list, Skype for Business also allows for PSTN dialling and conferencing, as well as video interoperability.
The Microsoft Ignite conference is scheduled to take place September 25-29, 2017, which is when additional information will be revealed.