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Synergy Milestone! 200,000 Users Served Daily by Optimization Pack for Skype for Business

Thank you, customers, for your perfect timing!

Just in time for our Citrix Synergy 2017 conference in Orlando this week, we hit a major milestone in adoption of the HDX RealTime Optimization Pack for Skype for Business that Citrix and


  

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Citrix and Microsoft: A Year of Achievement … and We’re Just Getting Started

One year ago at Citrix Synergy, Citrix and Microsoft kicked off a powerful expansion of our partnership to help our customers securely embrace the cloud and mobility, extending and deepening our long-time partnership which spans 25 years. We announced Azure …


  

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Coming Soon: VMware Horizon Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business GA Release

As a follow up to our previous announcement on VMware Horizon with Skype for Business, we are happy to share that we will be releasing the generally available (GA) version of the VMware Horizon Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business next month.

The upcoming release of the Horizon Virtualization Pack will include a GA release of the Horizon Media Engine for Windows clients and a private beta release of the Horizon Media Engine for Linux clients. Additionally, an updated Horizon Media Proxy will be embedded with the Horizon agent as an optional install.

Some highlights of the new virtualization pack include:

  • Point-to-point audio and video calls
  • PSTN calls using the dial-pad
  • Remote connectivity through the Microsoft Edge Server
  • Call-forward, transfer, hold and resume
  • Voicemail integration
  • Music on hold
  • Support for Skype for Business 2015 and 2016 clients (see release notes)
  • Support for Lync Server 2013, Skype for Business 2015 Server and Office365 deployments
  • Support for VMware Blast Extreme and PCoIP
  • Support for persistent and non-persistent desktops
  • Support for Horizon desktops (on premise and cloud)

 

The Horizon Media Engine for Windows clients will be available as an optional install with the Horizon Windows client. For customers interested in testing out the private beta of the Horizon Media Engine for Linux, please email .

Come visit us at Citrix Synergy booth 309 next week to see Horizon + Skype for Business in action.

Because you liked this blog:

  • VMware + Microsoft: Delivering an Even Better Skype for Business Experience
  • The Next Horizon: Introducing Horizon 7.1, Horizon Apps & Horizon Cloud
  • Get Ready for Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure

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Coming Soon: VMware Horizon Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business GA Release

As a follow up to our previous announcement on VMware Horizon with Skype for Business, we are happy to share that we will be releasing the generally available (GA) version of the VMware Horizon Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business next month.

The upcoming release of the Horizon Virtualization Pack will include a GA release of the Horizon Media Engine for Windows clients and a private beta release of the Horizon Media Engine for Linux clients. Additionally, an updated Horizon Media Proxy will be embedded with the Horizon agent as an optional install.

Some highlights of the new virtualization pack include:

  • Point-to-point audio and video calls
  • PSTN calls using the dial-pad
  • Remote connectivity through the Microsoft Edge Server
  • Call-forward, transfer, hold and resume
  • Voicemail integration
  • Music on hold
  • Support for Skype for Business 2015 and 2016 clients (see release notes)
  • Support for Lync Server 2013, Skype for Business 2015 Server and Office365 deployments
  • Support for VMware Blast Extreme and PCoIP
  • Support for persistent and non-persistent desktops
  • Support for Horizon desktops (on premise and cloud)

 

The Horizon Media Engine for Windows clients will be available as an optional install with the Horizon Windows client. For customers interested in testing out the private beta of the Horizon Media Engine for Linux, please email .

Come visit us at Citrix Synergy booth 309 next week to see Horizon + Skype for Business in action.

Because you liked this blog:

  • VMware + Microsoft: Delivering an Even Better Skype for Business Experience
  • The Next Horizon: Introducing Horizon 7.1, Horizon Apps & Horizon Cloud
  • Get Ready for Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure

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Meet the Geeks of Match.Geek

What do you think when you hear the word “geeks”? Quickly now, first reaction.

For those of us who plan the Citrix Synergy flagship event, the word has rockstar status. Geeks are the heroes of one of our most popular


  

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VMware Horizon Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business (Beta) Is Now Available!

Co-authored by Frank Anderson, Solutions Architect, Desktop Technical Marketing, VMware

The Horizon 7 product team is excited to announce that the VMware Horizon Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business (beta release) is now available for download. Organizations can use the virtualization pack with Skype for Business to make optimized audio and video calls within Horizon 7 desktops without negatively affecting the host infrastructure.

The VMware Horizon Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business is comprised of two components, the Horizon Media Proxy and the Horizon Media Engine. The Horizon Media Proxy acts as a proxy between the Skype for Business client (located on the virtual desktop in the data center) and the Horizon Media Engine (located on the endpoint device). The Horizon Media Engine is responsible for processing all audio and video packets and sending the Real-time Transport Protocol (RTP) stream directly to the other endpoints. In this initial beta release, the Horizon Media Engine is available for Windows clients only.

Delivering the VMware Horizon Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business

The Media Proxy works hand-in-hand with the Media Engine to deliver audio and video while preserving the native experience of the Skype for Business client. Media is sent to and from the client devices outside of the remote display protocol, which both ensures an optimal user experience and minimizes the performance impact to the Horizon 7 infrastructure such as host resources and network bandwidth.

Focus for the VMware Horizon Virtualization Pack

The virtualization pack benefits organizations that use Skype for Business to make audio and video calls. Features such as instant messaging do not require or benefit from the virtualization pack.

Better Unified Communications in the Making

VMware is, and has been, committed to providing the best user experience for Skype for Business. Since 2013, VMware has supported the Microsoft Lync VDI plug-in. Support will continue for this plug-in; the virtualization pack will evolve as an optimal and more extensive approach.

Microsoft and VMware announced a collaboration at VMworld Europe 2016 to deliver an even better solution for virtualizing Skype for Business. Watch the video Tech Preview Coming Soon – An Even Better Experience for Skype for Business and Horizon 7 to hear Raj Gopalakrishnan, Microsoft CTO for Skype for Business Engineering, and Shawn Bass, VMware CTO for End-User Computing, discuss this thrilling partnership.

In addition, the video SfB Video Broadcast: Ep. 35 VMware & VDI in Skype for Business, co-presented by Paul Cannon, Microsoft Senior Product Marketing Manager, and Tony Huynh, VMware Director of Product Management, covers the details of the beta release and answers questions from interested organizations.

This is a highly strategic area for both companies because over 70 percent of organizations using Horizon 7 also use Skype for Business to communicate, and Microsoft reports that organizations using Skype for Business make three billion minutes of audio calls per day and three trillion minutes of video calls per day.

Where to Download and Provide Feedback

You can go to the Horizon Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business beta community site to download the virtualization pack and also provide feedback directly to the product team. Alternatively, you can directly email the Horizon 7-Skype for Business product team.

Note: This virtualization pack is a beta release and therefore should not be used in production environments. The solution will not be supported by VMware support services.

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Citrix and Skype — More Than Just Hype

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 …


  

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