Overview

Microsoft Skype for Business is an enterprise-ready unified communications platform. Skype for Business connects people everywhere, on Windows 8 and other operating systems including mobile devices, as part of their everyday productivity experience. Skype for Business provides a consistent, single client experience for presence, instant messaging, voice, video and a great meeting experience. Skype for Business users can connect to anyone on Skype for Business, enabling rich communication with hundreds of millions of people around the world.

Are you unaware or unclear of how UC can help your organization? Are you developing new business strategies and defining ROI goals however the value proposition of UC is vague or undefined? Alternatively, you may have components of UC with various vendors and have possibly developed a limited or skewed definition of UC.

Let us help you to define a UC strategy and develop a viable business case with our business value assessment tool. The tool provides a high-level analysis of costs and potential benefits of Skype for Business or a Skype for Business and Exchange solution for a specific organization. The tool helps you to explore business impact of Skype for Business by taking you through a few simple steps. Together, we can calculate costs for a six-year period to accurately show the impact of on-premises upgrades. The cash flow analysis is done over a three-year period because this is the most common time period for financial analysis. No commitment is needed for this assessment. The goal of the Skype for Business platform and Skype Technologies is to provide a seamless and efficient solution enabling rich communication with hundreds of millions of people around the world, we’ve already met and exceeded the expectation of so many, let us help you too.

 

How it works

Work Anywhere

Skype for Business allows users to communicate securely and stay connected with colleagues and customers, from virtually wherever they chose to work.

Skype for Business Across Devices

Users can switch among devices as they choose based on their needs. Skype for Business offers familiar and consistent user experience across PC, phone, browser and tablets.

Connected Experiences

Skype for Business connects millions of people, their communications and the applications they use every day – together. Multiparty HD video conferencing brings life and expression to Skype for Business Meetings.

Simpler to Manage

Skype for Business is a dependable platform for all real-time communications. A single system reduces complexity in Enterprise IT.

Deployment Flexibility

Skype for Business lets you reach your vision of unified communications – on your timeline following your blueprint.

 

 

 

Skype for Business Server Features

Skype for Business Unified Client Skype for Business provides a single, unified client for real-time communications, including voice and video calls, Skype for Business Meetings, presence, instant messaging, and persistent chat. Having a single UC client application instead of multiple applications simplifies deployment, adoption, and support.
Skype for Business Windows 8 App Skype for Business is optimized for touch on Windows 8 (both x86-based Windows8 and Windows RT) and takes advantage of Windows 8 “touch first” capabilities to provide fast, natural, hands-on control of communications across a variety of devices and architectures.
Skype for Business Web App The Skype for Business Web App allows PC and Mac users to join a Skype for Business Meeting from within an HTML5-based browser, and delivers a full Skype for Business meeting experience, including multiparty HD video, voice over IP, instant messaging, desktop, application, and PowerPoint sharing.
Skype for Business Mobile Clients Skype for Business Mobile Clients are available for Windows Phone, iPhone, iPad, and Android.
Single Click Conference Join Joining a Skype for Business Meeting requires only a single click or touch, whether from an Outlook meeting reminder on a Windows PC or from the calendar or meeting pane on Windows Phone, iOS, and Android devices.
Presence See the availability status of a contact with visual presence indicators. New presence states include: Presenter (while laptop is connected to a projector) and Working Elsewhere (to indicate physically out of the office yet working).
Contact Card A dynamic card that displays a contact’s high resolution photo, their presence, status note, location and organizational details and is consistent across Microsoft Office applications.
Skype for Business Meeting Previously known as “online meeting”, Skype for Business Meetings provide capabilities to interact with people through multiparty HD video, audio, instant messaging, and content sharing.
Meeting View Meeting View options are designed to bring content and people together while optimizing the Skype for Business Meeting experience for every individual participant’s needs. The Meeting View is selected by the participant.
Multiparty HD Video Gallery Continuous view of multiple HD video streams or contact card photos in conference displayed in a gallery format. Photos replace active speaker video when video is unavailable. Gallery controls enable participants to select video stream of interest, see participant name and identify active speakers.
Persistent Chat Organize or participate in topic based virtual rooms where workgroups or designated colleagues meet and collaborate in real-time. Discussions are searchable and persist over time enabling efficient information sharing.
OneNote Share OneNote Share allows users to create and share OneNote digital meeting notes within a Skype for Business Meeting, reducing possible errors caused by later transcription and simplifying communication and follow-up.
Exchange Archiving Using the Exchange Online archiving, you can store all you emails, instant messages and Skype for Business Online meeting contents, then easily search them using Exchange e-Discovery compliance.
Skype for Business Federation Skype for Business Federation extends unified communications securely over the Internet to customers, suppliers, and partners using Skype for Business.
Skype for Business Connectivity Skype for Business Connectivity enables presence sharing, instant messaging (IM), and voice calling with the hundreds of millions of people around the world who use Skype for Business.
Server Role Consolidation Skype for Business can reduce the number of server roles by co-locating roles which were previously deployed or managed separately, allowing for simplified deployment and management.
Scale and High Availability Improvements Skype for Business Server front-end architecture has been redesigned allowing a larger number of active users in one pool while improving high availability capabilities that can help lower total cost of ownership.
Active Monitoring Active Monitoring gives Skype for Business administrators the ability to monitor pools, servers, networks across different datacenters through the public internet.