While the consumer version of Skype is the world’s most popular Instant Messaging and video calling application, Skype for Business is gaining a foothold in the enterprise market. Skype is owned by Microsoft, who re-branded its Microsoft Office Communicator as ‘Skype for Business Server’ and its Microsoft Lync instant-messaging client as ‘Skype for Business Online’, both of which are available as part of Microsoft Office 365. Skype for Business offers secure meetings and video conferences with up to 250 simultaneous users. It integrates with the Microsoft Office 365 suite of applications, including Outlook, Word and PowerPoint.
Communications taking place over Skype for Business can easily be archived when adding Merge1 to your existing infrastructure. As opposed to other archiving compliance solutions, which require sending your workforce’s critical, sensitive communications to a third party data store, Merge1 captures Skype for Business communications and stores them in your existing email archive, whether on-prem (e.g. Veritas Enterprise Vault) or in the Cloud (e.g. Microsoft Office 365).
Once archived, Skype for Business communications can be retained, supervised for compliance and searched for eDiscovery and internal Information Governance.