This week in UC: Top stories you need to know (8.11)

Friday is upon us once again and, per the usual, this week of UC&C news did not disappoint: Skype for Business and the future of UC&C rose to the top of industry chatter. We’re here to share with you the top stories that you may have missed!

UC + Skype for Business | What’s next for Microsoft’s Skype for Business unified communications products

The story burned up the Twittersphere this week? What Microsoft might have in store for Skype for Business.  The industry UC&C has been paying close attention to the rise of Microsoft 365’s messaging component, but Microsoft has been keeping mum on its plans for the former Microsoft Lync.

This post by ZDNet lists a series of possible paths for what MS has in store for Skype for Business and what it might be unveiling during Septembers’ Microsoft Ignite.

UC + Video Conferencing | Why video conferencing is beneficial for business

UC (or UC&C) is  rapidly expanding its resume. Voice, messaging, sharing, and video all fall under the UC&C umbrella and, though video conferencing is not a new technology, the rise in use of video has been getting a lot of attention as of late.

From the benefits of video being mobile-friendly, to the ability to better collaborate with team members when you can see their faces (and their non-verbal cues) during conversations, more and more organizations are understanding that video conferencing can bring their teams together in a way that voice alone simply can’t.

UC + The Future | Answering the Call: Understanding, managing, and optimizing your multi-vendor, hybrid UC environment

Two things are coming up when you’re researching, learning, and searching for UC&C: hybrid cloud and multi-vendor products. Hybrid can mean public and private cloud services or a mix of on-premise and cloud services—but the overall message is that the days of one vendor providing an overall UC&C solution are gone. More and more businesses are opting, whether for demand or for budget reasons, to pick and choose services from a variety of vendors to get the most of their UC&C tools.

In this e-book, we talk about the how, what, and why of the current and future UC&C environment so you’re ready for whatever comes your way.

UC + Wainhouse Research | Not your father’s UC: How your enterprise can survive (and thrive!) in the new age of multi-vendor, hybrid collaboration.

Speaking of evolution and the future of UC—don’t forget to reserve your spot for out latest webinar! Senior Analyst and Partner at Wainhouse research, Ira M. Weinstein, and VP of Marketing and Business Development at Vyopta, Ivan Montoya, are joining forces to talk about the UC&C of today and tomorrow.

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