We’re working on a big post (again!). It’s directly in response to a reader comment, and deals with a critical part of Skype for Business adoption.
In the meantime, as I promised, here are the results of the Lync Polls I conducted.
On-the-Blog Poll Results
58% of the blog poll votes went to “We moved to Skype for Business Server.” No big surprise there. Several votes went to Office 365’s Skype for Business Online, too.
What I found curious was that 25% said they still use Lync Server!
Spiceworks Poll Results
If you’re a Spicehead too, here’s the URL for the voting results over there:
All responses voted for: “No, we moved to Skype for Business”
Thanks to everyone who voted.
So, what do the results tell us? Most Lync users moved to Skype for Business, and are doing just fine.
A larger-than-expected percentage still use Lync Server though. I did get a little feedback on this…the main reason? Corporate inertia. Management doesn’t want to invest the time & money to move from Lync to Skype for Business.
For those in such a situation, if you want to move to Skype for Business? You have several ways to demonstrate its value to Management.
- Start up an Office 365 trial in one department (maybe IT?). The fastest method, and the closest to Server deployment. Then you can show Management how the workflow benefits from it.
- Federate your Lync Server with a colleague’s or vendor’s Skype for Business Server. Might take some asking around, but eventually you’ll find one. That way you can show the differing experiences between Lync and Skype4B.
- We actually convinced a customer to move to Skype for Business this way…just by using our own Skype4B Server. I’m not opposed to doing so again, if it’ll help you!
- Ask to sign up for a Microsoft Teams trial. It’s obviously not the same, but it’s a simple way to show how Microsoft has updated their software since Lync.
- Request a live Skype for Business demo from an IT agency. May not change anything, but at least Management gets to see the Skype for Business UI at work!
Lync Users: Lync Server 2013 IS Still Supported, So You’re in Good Shape
If you’re honestly happy with Lync Server, then more power to you! Just keep the server secure and up-to-date. Lync Server 2013 will receive mainstream support until April 2018. It doesn’t reach end of life until April 2023.
We’ll have the next big post coming up as soon as possible. Don’t forget to join us again next week!