Cisco's Project Squared and Microsoft's Skype for Business: An Analysis of Recent Innovation in the Canadian Enterprise Collaborative Applications Market
This IDC Insight examines the recent announcements by Microsoft and Cisco, analyzes the product viability of their respective products, and discusses the impact on the Canadian enterprise applications market. On November 11, 2014, Microsoft announced that Lync would be rebranded as Skype for Business. In a bid to revamp its unified communications (UC) platform, Microsoft is bringing together the familiar consumer experience of Skype with the enterprise security, compliance, and control of Lync. Slated for release in the first half of 2015, the next version of Lync will become Skype for Business. Microsoft Corporate VP (Skype) Gurdeep Pall elaborates that Skype for Business will offer a new client experience, new server release, and updates to the service in Office 365. A week after Microsoft's announcement, Cisco launched a beta version of Project Squared at the Cisco Collaboration Summit in Los Angeles. Project Squared is a holistic and multifaceted cloud-based application for team-based collaboration that combines chat, audio, video, multiparty meetings, and content sharing on a single interface.
Please Note: Extended description available upon request.