Skype for Business – Edge Server


What do we know so far with a Skype for Business in a Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop The Same Experience: The Citrix RealTime Optimization Pack for Skype for Business provides the same experience in an RDS/VDI implementation as a traditional PC implementation. Hybrid Deployment: The Citrix RealTime Optimization Pack for Skype for Business provides the same experience regardless if both users are running RDS/VDI or only one user is on RDS/VDI and the other on a traditional PC Conference Calling: Citrix RealTime Optimization Pack for Skype for Business provides the same experience in a 3-way or multi-party call. This leads … Continue reading Skype for Business – Edge Server

Skype for Business – Three-way calling


Based on the questions I’ve received, it seems like Skype for Business is a pretty big deal.  So, let’s take a look at another question I recently received with regard to the Citrix RealTime Optimization Pack for Skype for Business: How does this work with 3-way calling? With Skype for Business, in order to do a 3-way (or more) conference call, you need to have the Skype for Business Audio-Video Conferencing Server implemented within your Skype deployment. After initiating a call by communicating over SIP to the Skype Server, all parties within the call have their voice/video (SRTP) pass through … Continue reading Skype for Business – Three-way calling

Skype for Business – VDI to Native


I recently posted a blog and video about the new Citrix Realtime Optimization Pack for Skype for Business. As you could see from the video, Citrix is able to deliver Skype for Business to RDS/VDI users with XenApp and XenDesktop. With the optimization pack, CPU utilization on the processor is negligible while the overall user experience is identical to that of a traditional PC. Recently, as I was talking about this feature, I was asked the following question: You show the optimization occurring between two users who are both using VDI. What happens if one user is using VDI and … Continue reading Skype for Business – VDI to Native

Changing the user experience can be dangerous


As many know, I like to do home improvement projects, so I spend quite some time at the local hardware store purchasing supplies.  I’ve been going to the same store for years. I’ve been using the self-service checkout lanes for years. I’ve been purchasing my items with a credit card for years. Everything was going great until I personally crashed the credit card payment system for my checkout lane (seriously). So what changed? The credit card checkout process changed because my credit card now includes the security chip technology.  The instructions on the screen were clear, I was simply on … Continue reading Changing the user experience can be dangerous