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The IT conference in Orlando and Microsoft Ignite business have started on 25 September, bringing to focus what Microsoft offers: from cloud services and machine learning to software services.

Until now Microsoft has offered Messenger service for enterprises, delivering them software for instant messaging, voice and video chat and more. They also had Office Communications Server which was later called Lync and was similar to Messenger but was available for private servers, a lot more administrative controls and the ability to connect it to the phone network.

Later Microsoft acquired Skype, let go of the Messenger branding by adding its features into Skype. The consumer-market has Skype and the enterprises have the old Lync which was again renamed to Skype for Business. Skype for Business can also bridge to Skype.

Another build is ‘Slack-like Teams’ which looks like Skype for Business but in an IRC manner where instant messaged and corporate chats have voice and video messaging too.

At the conference Microsoft announced that they will move all the communications options into Teams client, rendering it the core client for communication for those who use Office 365. They will no longer need to use Skype for Business client, because it will be replaced by Teams.

Teams will take all the communication features and will also let users connect to phone networks, with access to voicemail, conference calls and call transfers.

Skype for Business will still be around and the new server will be released in the second half of 2018.

This year there’s been a bundle which included Office 365, Windows 10 Enterprise, and Enterprise Mobility + Security, also having added Microsoft 365 Education and Microsoft 365 F1. This bundle is a subscription for those who work with customers, in order to improve customer satisfaction and to digitally transform the entire group which was left behind for a while.