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Recap: Skype for Business ready to roll out

In UC news, Skype for Business will roll out in Microsoft's April Office 365 update, while the global E-SBC market is seeing revenue growth driven by SIP trunking.

Microsoft Lync will officially become Skype for Business with Office's April update, and there are some changes that come with the rebrand.

The Windows desktop application will have a new user interface that will have elements of Lync and Skype. There are updates that provide easier access to the dial pad, control and device selection interfaces, and the people search function will integrate with the entire Skype network.

The Skype for Business rollout is set for April 14. Users who have Lync Online with Office 365 ProPlus, Office 365 Business Premium or Office 2013 will have the updated Skype for Business client as the default user interface (UI). Lync Server users will have the Lync UI as their default.

IT managers can control when Skype for Business will roll out for their users to make sure their organization is ready. For Office 365 ProPlus and Office 2013, IT managers can control when monthly updates are delivered to users. There will also be policy settings to control user experience.

SIP trunking drives E-SBC market revenue

The enterprise session border controller market saw global revenue grow to $271 million in 2014, according to an Infonetics Research report.

The growth of E-SBCs was driven largely by enterprise adoption of SIP trunking services. Infonetics also attributed the market boom to the interconnection between disparate systems, the support of remote workers and cloud UC services. Infonetics reported that in the fourth quarter of 2014 E-SBC revenue reached $73 million with 2.5 million sessions shipped.

"Enterprise session border controllers are increasingly packaged as part of a larger sale of unified communications and contact center solutions in conjunction with SIP trunking," said Diane Myers, principal analyst for VoIP, UC and IMS at Infonetics.

Another driver for the E-SBC market is price. The average revenue-per-session for E-SBCs is $29 -- much lower than traditional VoIP-TDM gateways, according to Infonetics.

CaféX raises funding for product innovation

CaféX has raised $21 million in Series B funding, which included participation from venture capital organizations like Intel Capital and Illuminate Ventures.

"We plan to use this new injection of funding to penetrate new markets and accelerate our pace of innovation," said CaféX CEO Rami Musallam.

CaféX was founded in 2013 and its WebRTC-based Fusion Live Assist platform, which brings contextual real-time communication to enterprise applications, won Best of Enterprise Connect in 2014. Musallam said CaféX products have been adopted by large enterprises ranging from insurance companies and CRM providers to banking institutions.

CaféX Chief Operating Officer Dan Solito said the company has made significant strides in bringing Live Assist to the marketplace, and this new funding will strengthen its place in a highly competitive market.

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