Skype for Business alternatives

Skype for Business
Get messaging, audio and video calls, online meetings, and sharing all in one app. Meet with up to 250 people – even if they’re not on Skype for Business. All they need is a phone or Internet connection. See contacts’ online statuses, schedule meetings, and start conversations from Office apps. Skype For Business open-source self-hosted alternatives are Jitsi and Rocket.Chat.
Skype for Business alternatives are:
Microsoft Lync, Webex, Cisco Unified Communications, GoToMeeting

Here are the latest news about Skype for Business:

26.09.17 Microsoft Teams will replace Skype for Business

Microsoft announced that its new groupchat Teams will become its core communications platform for users running Office 365. Until now, Skype for Business was the company’s product for this. According to Ron Markezich, the company’s corporate VP for Office 365, Teams will become the “hero and primary experience for all voice, video and meetings.” Over time, Teams will replace the current Skype for Business client. Microsoft obviously knows that enterprises don’t move fast, so for those who don’t want to do away with their existing PBX systems and calling capabilities to the cloud, it’ll launch a new version of the Skype for Business server in 2018. For those who do make the transition to Teams, Microsoft promises lots of new calling features and meeting enhancements with outbound and inbound calls to and from regular phones, support for voicemail, call holding, call transfers and other standard telephony features.

2016 Skype for Business is available on Mac

2015 Microsoft begins rolling out Skype For Business (to replace Lync)

2014 Microsoft enabled video calling between Skype and Lync users

2014 Microsoft will rename Lync as Skype for Business

2011 Microsoft unplugs Skype from Asterisk

2010 Lync 2010 becomes social

2005 Microsoft to debut Web-based Communicator

2004 Microsoft to open offer three new Live Meeting subscription plans

2004 Microsoft, BT team on Web meeting software

2003 Microsoft launches Office Live Communications Server

2003 Microsoft launches Web conferencing service Live Meeting