We’ve talked a lot on the Citrix Blogs about how we deliver the only virtual Skype for Business solution that Microsoft has co-developed and endorsed. You’ve heard how our unique partnership enables joint support, testing documentation and road-mapping. In fact Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of enterprise client and mobility for Microsoft, has even said Citrix is the “only VDI solution that Skype for Business has been optimized for.” Today, let’s look at what that can actually mean for you.

Why Skype for Business?

Skype for Business is becoming the standard for corporate communications and is even replacing the corporate PBX. Why? For starters, Skype for Business is included in Office 365, so you already have it. Plus your teams are likely already using it for simple comms, like instant messaging. The natural next step is to use Skype for Business for screen-sharing and voice and video chat.


Why Skype for Business with Citrix?

All that is great—but how does Citrix come into play? Traditional—that is local—installations of Skype for Business store chat logs and file transfers on the user’s local device. That means if (or when) that device is lost or stolen, all of that corporate data goes with it. With Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop, apps, desktops and data are stored and managed in the datacenter. That means when you roll out Skype for Business as a virtual app, all of that data stays safe.


What about performance?

You may be asking yourself about how a virtual app can possibly perform as well as Skype installed directly on your laptop. We’ve cracked that nut. Citrix has worked with Microsoft to ensure the best possible experience when virtualizing Skype for Business. That means when you launch Skype as a virtual app, it works just as it does when you launch it locally. No stuttering. No delays. Great performance.


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