Today Microsoft began rolling out Skype for Business to the world (the client became available today, with Skype for Business server due on May 1). And industry sources agree: It promises to be a game changer. Here are five online resources to help with the transition:
1. Online Webinars to Bring You Up to Speed
Microsoft's Channel 9 has released an online course that demonstrates the new ease of deployment and enhancements to enterprise Lync represented by Skype for Business. Topics include ideal network conditions, server management, core improvements, new meeting and video investments, and how to address network impairments.
2. Change Management and Adoption
Introducing a new UI to your users can be the cause of a whole lot of heartache if you don't prepare them for the change. Here's a series of Microsoft resources to ease the pain, including a communication plan for your users, training videos, a reference guide and online help and support documentation.
3. Toggle Between UIs
If your users aren't fully prepared: You have the ability to toggle back to the familiar Lync user interface. This video shows you how.
4. End User Webinars
Seeing is believing, so Microsoft is offering a series of webinars over the course of the next four weeks, all focused on end users so they can see for themselves the benefits of the new Skype for Business communication and collaboration functions.
5. Skype for Business 2015 Protocol Workloads Poster
Lync engineer Corey Goodchild says that having a workload poster was "priceless for understanding the traffic flows in Lync Server." Download this Skype for Business poster to better understand requirements of Skype for Business 2015 servers and clients under different levels of service complexity.
Catch up on all the Skype for Business developments from the Microsoft Ignite conference and bring home some technology toys at our May luncheon events, featuring Microsoft Voice Solutions specialist Christian Burke and Karan Mehta of Audiocodes.