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Microsoft brings Skype to businesses’ iOS and Android apps

The Skype for Business SDK offers totally new dimensions to remote communication from within apps. Patients can consult their doctors, a financial advisor can explain the loan conditions, customers could contact a brand’s customer support. There are many possible use cases.


Microsoft is further opening up Skype to businesses. On Thursday, the company launched its Skype for Business SDK – tools which allow iOS and Android developers to integrate Skype’s messaging, audio and voice capabilities into their own mobile applications. The idea is to allow Skype to power the communications experience inside applications, so developers can focus on building their product’s unique features.

This is an area other messaging-focused startups also tackle to some extent, including former TechCrunch Disrupt winner Layer and, more recently, chat tools provider Sendbird, for example. Microsoft’s solution, however, is aimed at larger enterprises.

Skype for Business SDK customers can continue to use their existing infrastructure, like Skype for Business Server or Skype for Business Online – depending on if the company has deployed Unified Communications on their own servers, or if they’re relying on Microsoft’s cloud. In addition, companies…

Read the entire article from TechCrunch here: Microsoft brings Skype to businesses’ iOS and Android apps


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