Microsoft Skype for Business, Teams & Videocall ICE VaaS Service

If you are thinking about deploying Microsoft Skype for Business Online, from the Microsoft Azure Cloud through Office365, you might have heard the news about Microsoft Teams, and be putting the project into hold.  

Alternatively, you might already be using Microsoft Skype for Business and be thinking about migrating to the Office365 cloud, and are now also thinking about pausing the project.

If you are using or are planning on deploying Skype for Business on-premises, then you do not need to be concerned right now. Read our previous blog which talks about the new Microsoft Skype for Business Server to find out more.

In case you had not heard the Microsoft news; they are planning on merging Skype for Business Online into Teams to create a single unified collaboration platform for enterprise businesses that offers persistent chat, team space for collaboration, PSTN audio, SIP video, deep integration into other Office365 applications and programs, and easy content sharing. In other words. Microsoft have listened to the admirers of Slack, Cisco Spark and others, and consolidated their communication applications into one single program.

Being a company with over 20 years’ experience in video conferencing and unified collaboration, Videocall are excited by the fact that so many companies are thinking more about communication in their company. The uptake of Skype for Business has been impressive, and now the move to Teams could well increase the number of companies using a unified collaboration platform to support their employee’s collaboration requirements.

However, Teams like Skype for Business should be seen as a great addition to the traditional conferencing technology that is already in your meeting rooms and an enhancement to overall collaboration. It provides persistent chat and team space for file sharing and ideation. Like Skype for Business, we are not convinced that it truly offers the high-quality audio and video that businesses need for meetings.

This is why so many companies use Videocall’s ICE (Intelligent Cloud Experience) platform as the interoperable service to connect Microsoft to traditional endpoints, or SIP to H.323. ICE can be deployed on-premises, as a hybrid or in a private or public cloud depending on requirements. It delivers a reliable, secure, easy to use interoperable service, maintaining workflows and making the most of features such as click to join and Microsoft Outlook compatibility.

We have a number of large enterprise and global customers that rely on ICE to be the platform that connects users in traditional meeting rooms to users in the Microsoft world; including clients and third parties outside of their organisation.

If you want to have a Microsoft conversation to talk about the future of your unified collaboration, whether that is Microsoft Teams or Skype for Business (online or on-premises), we have the experts here at Videocall that will be able to help. Use our contact form, email or call +44 (0)1276 706 706 to get in touch.


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