Skype made a big splash in the communications field when it was released in 2003. The name “Skype” is short for «Sky peer-to-peer», which corresponded with the technology used. Peer-to-peer (abbreviated P2P) implied a direct connection between users.
Grovety Inc. – developing products based on Skype for Business
As part of a monthly Microsoft Office update Lync turned into Skype for Business in April 2015. It combined the functionality, informational security and manageability of Lync with the Skype interface, as well as expanded functionality.
Let’s see what changed?
What is this article about?
In this article, we would like to talk about what Microsoft offers in its Lync SDK for producing ‘pretty’ interfaces and new Lync-client possibilities.
We will talk in detail about UI Suppression Mode interaction with Lync client, which we had to deal with while developing our own corporate messenger based on Skype for Business. Most im-portantly, I will do my best to describe the constraints we had to face at length.
As we have already written, Microsoft has decided to actively develop Skype technologies and strengthen the market position of Skype for Business. To achieve these goals Microsoft has already acquired two IT companies in the last half year: Talko and Event Zero.
Talko is a start-up founded in 2014 by Ray Ozzie, a former chief technical officer of Microsoft. Talko develops mobile business applications for collaboration and communication through text messages and audio/video calls. The whole Talko team, with the exception of Ray Ozzie, joined Microsoft in January 2016.
Slack has recently announced its plans for voice and video chat, directly stepping into territory historically dominated by Microsoft Skype and other solutions similar to it. It seems that this is not the only conflict of interest between the global IT giant and one of the most successful Silicon Valley start-ups so far.
According to the TechCrunch IT news portal, Microsoft was considering Slack as a potential acquisition in a deal estimated to be worth $8 billion. These plans never came to fruition, as the idea did not have enough support from within Microsoft. In particular, from Bill Gates and Satya Nadella, the chief executive officer of Microsoft, neither of whom found the idea compelling enough. Gates instead insisted that Skype and its new functions need to be developed more, and that the focus should be on increasing the competitiveness of Skype for Business, the main advocate of Microsoft's interests against the army of corporate communicators, headed by Slack.
In order to get closer to our potential users, we decided to get into the Windows Store. Honestly, our EasyLy Team had no experience developing apps for the Windows Store or promoting them there. We had to make it up as we went =)
EasyLy is a standard app for Windows (exe-file), written in .NET. One does not simply publish an app on the Windows Store. You can only upload apps which were developed for the METRO-interface or those that have been specially converted, as Microsoft announced this spring. From standard EXE to appx. This format should be universal in new versions of Windows 10.