New Skype for Business Information and Training Available

I’ve fielded a lot of questions about the next release of Microsoft Lync Server – rebranded as Skype for Business – in the last few months.  The questions have been difficult to answer because public information has been limited up to this point. Microsoft recently announced that Skype for Business Training is being rolled into the Office 365 Summit series

This training includes information about the next release of Lync (SFB) including the following:

Skype for Business Summit 2

You can read more information about it here:  http://blogs.office.com/2015/01/14/skype-business-sessions-now-included-office-365-summits/.

If you cannot attend in person, there are many Skype for Business Webcasts you can sign-up for and attend by registering here: https://infopedia.eventbuilder.com/index.asp?landingpageid=7p1c8p, including:

  • Introduction
  • New Windows Desktop Experience
  • Reference Architecture and Design Considerations
  • Manageability Improvements Overview
  • In-Place Upgrade Deep-dive
  • SQL Always On Deep-dive Wednesday
  • Server Core Improvements Overview
  • Reliability & Patching Deep-dive
  • Hybrid Configuration Deep-dive
  • New Meeting & Web Investments Overview
  • Video Interop Server Deep-dive
  • Lync/Skype Federation (Phase 2)
  • Lessons Learned from Preview
  • Software Defined Networks (SDN)
  • Developer Platform

This training and information will cover some key feature enhancements such as:

  1. Support for In-place upgrades
  2. Call via work (expanded)
  3. SQL Always On
  4. New Video Interop capabilities
  5. More Lync/Skype Federation (i.e. ‘’Phase 2”)
  6. Better support for Software Defined Networking
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