In the UC space – UC&C as well for that matter – the world largely revolves around two vendors – Microsoft and Cisco. They’re hardly the only games in town, but nobody can match their footprint and market power. Despite Microsoft’s size, the jury is constantly out for being leaders or laggards, and I don’t think we’ll ever have a clear answer.
Whether you think Skype for Business is the right name, they’re sticking with it, and the latest development is their plan to add PSTN connectivity to Office 365. You might say it’s too little too late for that, but you might also say that it doesn’t matter as much now with so many other options for voice.
These are the state-of-flux scenarios that keep us busy at UCStrategies, and that was the focus of our latest podcast. Lots of commentary from all over the spectrum, and this is a great way to get up to speed on where Microsoft is sitting in the eyes of analysts and consultants. The podcast was hosted by Marty Parker, and my comments turn up at the 34:31 mark – here’s the link.
Also, a warm welcome to Simon Dudley as part of our UC Expert ranks. We worked well together when he was at Lifesize, and we look forward to his UCStrategies contributions, which actually begin with this podcast.