Will Microsoft’s Skype for Business Help Fend Off Threats From Google’s Hangouts?

Microsoft has released the preview of its business-focused videoconferencing and IM service Skype for Business, which will replace Lync.
The company hopes to fend off threats from Google, who’s ‘Apps for Work’ suite includes its own video conferencing and IM service Hangouts.
Skype for Business will borrow the interface and experience from the freebie version of the software, making it familiar and easy to use. The business version however will offer better IT security and more control, hopefully making it a worthwhile purchase.
Microsoft has also made Skype for Business a part of Office 365, which is the most popular online Office Suite out there, in the hope that more businesses will begin using the service.
Further, the service won’t be restricted to making calls to just other Skype/Lync accounts, a task which required Microsoft to upgrade its data centres in 37 countries.
[Source: Office Blogs]

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