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Microsoft Skype for Business becomes Teams

Yesterday on Ignite, Microsoft announced two important milestones regarding UC:

  • First of all, Skype for Business will become Teams over time.
  • Second, Skype for Business Server  vNext is planned for Q4 2018.

It was very nice to see how smooth the migration can be done (SFB2Teams) and especially how the voice features (enterprise voice features from SFB) will be part of Teams.

The migration seems to be primarily “app-based”, i.e. you decide on O365 how to transition / migrate (side by side, side by side with notify, teams-only) and the client app is “switched” including contacts etc. A coexistence of clients seems to be possible, too, but of course not with the “persistence”.  The most impressive and futuristc part regarding teams were options to integrate holo lens / mixed reality into team conversations…

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Microsoft Ignite 2017 Reminder

Tomorrow, 2017/25/09 Microsoft’s Ignite 2017 in Orlando (US) will kick off. You will be able to watch the keynotes from 15:00 – 23:00 h (UTC +01:00 Amsterdam, Berlin, …) via live stream. I’m looking forward to pretty awesome news and announcements regarding Office 365, Skype for Business, Teams, Yammer, … As you maybe already know there are rumors about SFB Online and Teams to become one or being merged to one single (cloud) platform (see links below)?! I’m thrilled to hear what’s going to happen with SFB and Teams. 🙂

I’m also very interested in UC-related AI (artificial intelligence) topics especially bots and fancy things we will be able to do with it. Automate things for communication-enabled business process (CEBP) etc. There so many options what can be done with it for all kind of companies, from small to large.

Enjoy and get positively amazed! 😉

 

Improve your collaboration capabilities by using Cisco’s Spark Board

Cisco released the Spark Board. It is a collaboration room device for your collaboration spaces or legacy video conferencing rooms. It transforms your Cisco video sessions to collaboration sessions based on the Cisco Spark platform.

  • Use Case: Connect virtual teams and enable them for modern collaboration
  • Goal: Consistency, simplicity, and reliability of experience across the Cisco Spark endpoints
  • Key capabilities: Meeting, calling, messaging, white boarding, sharing
  • Security: End-to-end encryption of the collaboration session
  • Devices: mobile devices, laptops, smartphones, tablets with the Cisco Spark app
  • Type of offer: Cloud Service Subscription model based on Cisco Spark

For more details and an intro video of the Spark Board take a look on Cisco’s website >>here<< and the data sheet of the Spark Board specs >>here<<.So if you are already using a Cisco Video Infrastructure, considering to go for cloud offers to enable you for a more flexible, agile, service-oriented and operation expenditures (opex) approach you could consider to built a hybrid cloud model to combine the best of two worlds: the Cisco video conferencing solution on premise/hosted and Cisco Spark.

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