In launching Skype for Business Online, Microsoft has announced that it will move its estimated 50 million Lync customers across to a platform which will enable the software giant to become a force in the cloud unified communications market.
Thus, with Skype for Business Online, Microsoft hopes to capture a significant share of the rapidly transforming cloud-hosted enterprise unified communications market from the traditional telecoms providers.
According to Ovum analyst, Brian Riggs, the advent of Skype for Business Online with its cloud PST connectivity and dial-in audio-conferencing capabilities will be a game changer for both Microsoft and its customers.
Riggs goes into a great deal of detail in his research note about why transitioning Skype for Business Online is an astute move for Microsoft. However, what it all boils down to is that the PSTN is still an indispensable global communications network and if you want to be a player in the UC space you have to be wired into it.
Microsoft will be making Skype for Business Online available this month as an update for its Office 365 and Office 2013 clients.