I went It was about time when I heard that Skype is gonna be integrated from the next version of Windows. It is to be Microsoft’s answer to iMessage in OS X. It will be the default messaging system for people with desktop, laptop or tablet, and be integrated with SMS and MMS on phones. And what is why better then with iMessage, Skype is available on various platforms, not only iOS and OS X.
And it gets better, I can’t wait to try out Microsoft Surface Hub, a 84″ 4K touch screen that combines Skype for Business, Powerpoint, Word, Excel and OneNote whiteboard in a fantastic way. Surface Hub comes with an embedded computer running a lightweight version of Windows 10. The screen has an impressive 100 simultaneous touch points! Working at a university, I am very interested in how Microsoft manages to combine Skype with Powerpoint and possibilities when it comes to remote lectures.
Skype and other Microsoft products are not “secure” as long as they are storing data in the Microsoft cloud and the servers are in the U. S. So enterprises and universities being skeptical or advising their employees not to use Skype are correct to do so. But there is another point here, especially from enduser’s point of view, most of us have nothing to hide and we lack a better tool for communicating with partners outside our own organization.
I these days mostly use Telegrams for messaging, but I am and will embrace Skype for being the best video conference tool that I have access to from my desktop, laptop, tablet and phone, and will continue encouraging employees to use it and hopefully also in new ways. I am pretty sure Skype will be integrated also in Office 2016, so that users can collaborate in the new ways.