Work is no longer just done in an office with a phone on the desk and a conference room down the hall.  Every day, millions of people are workshifting from a broad mix of different locations on a variety of devices.  To be effective in this new world, they need collaboration tools that make it easy to interact with colleagues using a mix of voice, video and web.  They need the flexibility to start one-to-one communication, then seamlessly extend it to a one-to-many conference, on whatever device they happen to be using.

That is precisely why I joined David Gurle, VP and General Manager of Skype Enterprise, during his keynote address at the Enterprise Connect Conference in Orlando, Florida, today to announce a strategic partnership between Skype and Citrix.  The partnership will enable Skype to introduce new, easy to use, web and audio conferencing capabilities leveraging our GoToMeeting technology.  

The web and conferencing features are expected to supplement the Skype for Business desktop experience, which already offers Skype users instant messaging, voice and video calling, group video calling, conferencing, file sharing and more.  Adding the GoToMeeting capabilities will allow business users to quickly set up online audio conferencing meetings that users can join via Skype or phone.  It will also enable interactive screen sharing, which GoToMeeting already allows you to do, including annotating and highlighting whatever the meeting host is displaying on his computer screen, such as a slide deck or document.  This will create a seamless experience between the one-to-one voice and video calls that Skype is popular for today, and the more sophisticated one-to-many web and audio collaboration experience provided by GoToMeeting.

This is an exciting partnership because it brings the best of our two worlds together combining Skype’s broad consumer reach in voice and video with Citrix’s broad corporate presence in virtual computing and one-to-many web collaboration.

So when is it going to be available?  The new web conferencing features will be available to Skype users as a subscription and is expected to launch by the end of the year.

David and I shot a quick video talking about the partnership which you may find interesting.  If you can’t view the video below, you can find it here.

If you have any questions about the announcement, feel free to drop us a comment below.