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New Skype, Microsoft Teams integrations focus on video

Microsoft Ignite yielded a slew of partnership announcements focusing on Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams integrations based on video support and interoperability.

Microsoft has been retooling its collaboration roadmap to focus on Microsoft Teams, the cloud and interoperability. As a result, many of the vendor's partners are capitalizing on Microsoft's roadmap with new integrations and services.

At Microsoft Ignite, several Microsoft partners unveiled Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams integrations that focused on video conferencing. These integrations focus on interoperability and user experience.

Polycom said its video and audio portfolio will integrate with Microsoft Teams. The Microsoft Teams integrations will allow users and administrators to have the Teams user interface, workflow and functionality on Polycom devices.

The integration extends to Polycom's RealPresence Group Series, a Microsoft-certified standards-based group video conferencing system, the RealConnect interoperability service, and the Polycom Trio conferencing phones.

At Ignite, Polycom also announced RealConnect Hybrid, which connects on-premises Skype for Business users with existing video devices. When users are ready to move to Office 365 and Skype for Business Online, they can update their subscription to RealConnect. The hybrid interoperability service will be available in October.

The Polycom MSR Series, its next-generation Skype for Business room system, is also available for pre-order. The MSR Series includes a Surface Pro tablet with the Skype for Business interface, an MSR dock to connect to existing room displays and peripherals, the Polycom Trio 8500/8800 speakerphone and an EagleEye camera for medium-to-large meeting rooms.

Pexip develops Microsoft Teams video interoperability

Pexip said it will develop and deliver standards-based video conferencing interoperability with Microsoft Teams, which will allow traditional video conferencing users to join Microsoft Teams video calls and meetings.

Pexip offers a similar service for Skype for Business in its Infinity Fusion gateway. Pexip's Microsoft Teams integration will use the platform to provide video, audio and content sharing capabilities between Microsoft Teams users and video conferencing users. Organizations can extend Microsoft Teams video meetings to legacy video meeting room services.

The gateway service will offer a native user experience for both Teams users and legacy video conferencing users. Video conferencing systems joining a Microsoft Teams meeting can be managed like a Teams participant, while users on the video conferencing system will have the standard video conferencing experience.

The Infinity Fusion gateway for Microsoft Teams is currently in development. It is designed for any size organization and can accommodate any number of users and simultaneous meetings.

Videxio offers Skype for Business conferencing gateway

Videxio introduced a video conferencing gateway service within the Microsoft Azure cloud that enables users on dedicated video conferencing devices to join Skype for Business meetings.

The company said the gateway service addresses interoperability challenges between Skype for Business and video conferencing devices from vendors such as Cisco and Huawei. The service allows video conferencing and Skype for Business users to hold meetings with their respective native user experience.

Tom-Erik Lia, Videxio CEO, said in a statement that the number of Skype for Business users connecting with third-party video systems on the Videxio service has increased significantly over the past two years, indicating a growing need for interoperability.

The service was created in partnership with Pexip's Skype for Business Server-certified gateway and will be deployed in Microsoft Azure. The gateway service will work with Skype for Business Online, as well as on-premises and hybrid Skype for Business deployments. It will be available in the fourth quarter for video conferencing systems hosted in Videxio's cloud.

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