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Collaboration battleground: Skype vs Cisco Spark in the enterprise

April 20, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Siow-Meng Soh / Computerworld

A showdown is brewing between Microsoft's Skype for Business and Cisco's Spark, writes IDC Australia's Siow-Meng Soh

Cisco in March announced the launch of Spark at Enterprise Connect 2015 in Orlando, USA, which coincided with CiscoLive 2015 in Melbourne. A few months earlier Microsoft had announced its integration of Skype and Lync under the banner of 'Skype for Business,' and it has several partners on board now to bring the solution to the market in 1H15.

People today are used to communicating with each other across multiple channels. Increasingly, communications are conducted via mobile devices and across social media.

While consumers are spoilt for choice with different tools and apps available from app stores, they may find it more limiting when they enter the workspace. Vendors have been trying to change this by developing solutions that provide a consumer-like experience whilst keeping all communications secured.

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