We’ve said it before – Skype for Business is quickly becoming the communications standard for the modern workplace.

Whether it’s through Office 365 or on-premises, Skype for Business is a cost-effective way to enable real-time collaboration that mobilizes the workforce and maximizes productivity. Using Skype for Business within Citrix means enhanced, centralized security and control with a consistent, high-quality experience for users across different device types and platforms.

Our solution is a winning, proven combination that’s the result of close collaboration with Microsoft. While others are creating hype around their introduction of a limited tech preview that lacks Office 365 integration, no support for Mac and Linux endpoints, and minimal compatibility with third-party communications products, Citrix customers are already using the HDX RealTime Optimization Pack for Skype for Business at scale in some of the most demanding environments. In fact, according to Microsoft telemetry, there are over 100,000 active daily users of the v2 optimization pack today and growing. Our Director of Product Management, Derek Thorslund, recently provided customer feedback on Skype and Citrix with quotes such as:

The Optimization Pack works flawlessly. A very good user experience. — IT Director at a large U.S. health insurance company

Today, we are pleased to share that Senior Analyst Mark Bowker and his team from ESG published a whitepaper on optimized Skype for Business delivery within the Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop solution. They spoke with customers and partners who have tested, implemented and are reaping the benefits of the integrated offering. Their findings highlight the uniqueness of the solution to solve real-world business and technical challenges. Here’s what one customer had to say: 

The Citrix HDX RealTime Optimization Pack is a key component that allows us to implement our unified communications and user desktop virtualization strategies, which together increase productivity and reduce IT expenses. Without this offering from Citrix, we would not be successful at implementing both. — IT leader at an international financial services company

ESG White paper

How can I get started?

Head to http://more.citrix.com/skype — it’s a great first resource. For many customers running XenApp or XenDesktop with Office 365, you already have much of what you need. Unlike the competition, realize for yourself how Citrix and Skype are customer proven and more than just marketing hype…

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