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Microsoft-Skype deal: 3 enterprise benefits

Shane O'Neill | May 12, 2011
Microsoft bought Skype to beef up its consumer products and keep Google at bay. However, the union will help enterprise users in less obvious ways as Skype becomes a key Microsoft weapon in "the consumerization of IT."

But with a gateway between Skype and Lync that IT can manage, workers can use Lync-to-Lync to connect to colleagues and Lync-to-Skype to call, video call or IM with anyone who has Skype, including customers, partners and friends.

You can do all this today in your work environment just using Skype, says Schadler, but only if IT looks the other way. A Lync-to-Skype gateway allows IT to manage more open video conferencing between different technologies.

"With a Microsoft-sanctioned solution, IT could sign off on the practice," writes Schadler.


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