News out of Microsoft Ignite Orlando this morning: Microsoft Teams is set to replace Skype for Business as the primary collaboration/teamwork platform - eventually. This came as no surprise to many, given the slip up that occurred last month.
Towards the end of 2015, it was with great joy that the world welcomed the Polycom Trio 8800 conference room device into being. Prior to this, the conference phone of choice for Lync/Skype for Business deployments was the Polycom CX3000: a somewhat ageing platform that was still running Lync Phone Edition software, which Microsoft is no longer actively developing. Under the hood, the new Trio was running a version of Polycom UCS software, which also supports Polycom's range of Lync/Skype for Business certified VVX handsets. We now had a conference room device that no longer relied on Microsoft's Phone Edition software.
Last week, Sonus released software version 6.1.3 build 474 for their SBC Edge 1000/2000 session border controllers. Whilst I don't usually rush out and deploy fresh out of the oven updates, in this case there was a pressing requirement for any Sonus CloudLink appliances that were soon to be updating to Microsoft Cloud Connector Edition 2.0.
In a previous blog, I discussed the added benefit of PSTN Conferencing capabilities when used in conjunction with Skype for Business Online. Meeting participants could continue to join from their Skype for Business client or a web browser, but now they could also choose to join via phone: very much still an important use case. In addition to this, Microsoft have made available dozens of PSTN access numbers across the globe that your meeting participants can dial and participate in your Skype for Business Online meeting – very handy.
Within the on-premises world, dial plans have been around for quite some time, and not just within OCS/Lync/Skype for Business. For most organisations, the way users were dialled on traditional PABX systems was by their extension. It was possible to look up a user in a contacts list and then dial them, but ultimately the unique identifier that was being dialled was the user’s extension. In the Microsoft UC world, this is less of a requirement: we search for people we want to communicate with by name, and when we dial, it’s the SIP URI, not a number that we call. That said, there are a few reasons why it’s still desirable to configure a dial plan:
Insync Technology is pleased to announce that it has been appointed as a Surface Hub partner to meet increased demand from customers for the ground-breaking collaboration device.
Skype for Business Network Assessment Tool (Free) – Running on Server OS