7th August 2017

By Scott Riley, Chief Strategy Officer at GCI.

For me, that’s the real story underneath the announcements yesterday at Microsoft Ignite in Florida.  So many of us were looking out for the message of “is Teams going to kill off Skype?!” (no) that we may have missed the headline.

Microsoft introduced us to their new Unified Communications Vision and its pretty exciting stuff.  But the thing I saw is a workplace where people aren’t using email and their inbox as a crutch to support their productivity.  One where people are no longer hunting around for documents, instead documents are ‘surfaced’ to you in context to the conversation you’re having thanks to the power of the Microsoft Graph.  It’s a more communicative workspace where people engage with each other through chat, voice and video; not just fire and respond to emails all day.