Microsoft has been holding an Office 365 World Tour in many city across the world. There are 4 sessions in which Skype for Business (aka Skype4b, SfB) content was presented. Some nice new features are coming down the pipe.
1. In place upgrades - This allows you to perform an in place upgrade of your Lync 2013 pools to Skype4b there is a good outline of the upgrade processes in the Servicing the Existing Deployment and Upgrading to Skype for Business (SfB) presentation.
2. Support for Always On SQL - This has been an outstanding request for my customers since Always On SQL has been available. Now it's fully supported with guidance how to move from a SQL Mirror setup.
3. Cloud first hybrid - Now customers will be able to start out in the cloud with Skype4b Online. Then if advanced features are needed a hybrid with on prem can be established.
4. Mobility Improvements - no more spinning doughnut when sending IMs to mobile users. The message will be accepted on the best available endpoint.
There are many more items outlined in the presentations below. I for one am excited to see enhancements that have been sticking points in the Microsoft UC space. Happy Skype’ing!
Skype for Business: Reference Architectures and Design
Servicing the Existing Deployment and Upgrading to Skype for Business (SfB)
Skype for Business: New Meeting and Video Investments
Skype for Business: Server Core & Voice Improvements
Skype for Business: Ensuring Media Quality in the Network