Microsoft Ignite sparked 23,000 attendees with new ideas about innovation and transformation for the future.  The keynotes highlighted how Microsoft will continue its cloud first, mobile first mission with three interlocking ambitions:

  • Making personal computing more personal
  • Reinventing the nature of work with improved productivity and processes
  • Building the intelligent cloud back-end

Skype for Business threads throughout all of these areas in many new ways.  For Plantronics, Microsoft Ignite was all about Skype for Business and we’re very excited about the customer reception.   Here is a re-cap of my Top 10 list of favorite things about Skype for Business that I tweeted throughout the show:

#1 The new UI! 85% of Lync users like it better too.

#2 @Plantronics reaches Millenials w/ relatable comms. By 2020, they’re the majority.

#3 Boost for video usage! Great for flex workers. Headsets needed for privacy & noise.

#4 A future of comm w 300m+ Skype users from kids to grandmas. @Plantronics bridging consumers & biz.

#5 Support for apps like @Plantronics Aware that changes presence status to IN A CALL when on a mobile.

#6 Skype directory search! All Skype users and by name & geo. @Plantronics

#7 Upcoming support for iOS and Android devices! @Plantronics helps you work anywhere.

#8 The call quality dashboard. Pairs nicely w @Plantronics Manager Pro for managing headsets & audio.

#9 The ability to preload content & co-author during a call (summer).

#10 In place upgrade! Should spur quick migration & faster adoption including @Plantronics

The Skype for Business + Plantronics future looks bright for customers of all sizes and the mutual partners that help transform their businesses.   Plantronics has even sweetened the pot by allowing our products to be acquired on an as-a-service” basis to add simplicity, flexibility and affordability – a win-win for all.