Microsoft wasted no time announcing new features at this years Enterprise Connect in Orlando…
New Version of Skype for Business
The big announcement was a new version of on-premise Skype for Business server called Cloud Connector Skype for Business Server. This server will serve as an intermediary between Skype for Business Online and your on-premise PBX. The primary audience will be those that don’t already have an on-premise version of Skype for Business installed and have an on-premise based PBX. The release date looks like April 2016.
For more information visit Plan for Skype for Business Cloud Connector Edition
Office 365 gets speech recognition
In April Office 365 E5 will have an automated attendant that uses speech recognition in handling calls. This will strengthen the cloud PBX offering released in December.
Finally Conference Rooms get a boost
Microsoft announced Project Regal aimed at makers of in-room conferencing (video) systems that use. Partners can use Windows 10 tablets for console command and control that integrate with Skype for Business’ online meeting technology.
This is a big step on making Office 365 more mainstream in the conference rooms. Microsoft has been stating for over a year now that they want to focus on mobility and communication and they are turning their focusing towards the younger crowd, while still making technology easy enough for older people to learn.