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Skype for Business Online Multi-Region, Automated Meeting Migration and Exchange Server Voicemail Coming

Published 09/09/2016 - 4 Comments


Thanks to Shawn Harry, a well-known London UC Architect worth following, for catching that Microsoft just updated the public Office 365 Roadmap site with some new Skype for Business Online features.


Multi-Region Capabilities

Support for a Multi-National Corporation tenant to have users be distributed across multiple Data centres for Skype for Business Online in the Multi-Tenant environment to provide better media quality by reduced latency.

This is a really big deal, at the moment your office 365 tenant is in one location globally, this will allow you to “regionalise” the Skype service, bringing conferencing closer to users reducing latency and the distance across the network/internet traffic has to go.

Meeting Migration Service for Skype for Business Online

Skype for Business Meeting Migration Service is the automated process that will update a users meeting coordinates for their Skype for business online meetings in Exchange online meeting requests after a migration to the cloud or a different region.

Today if you move from Skype for Business Server to Online, you can migrate your meetings with a client side MSI tool. This sounds like a new ability to do it automatically on the backend.

Cloud PBX support for Exchange Server

Provides the ability for customers with Cloud PBX in Office 365 to have their Exchange Server 2013 or 2016 on-premises act as a repository of their voicemails

Today, if you are a Cloud PBX user, you only voicemail option is Cloud Voicemail using Exchange Online. Some customers want to use their on-premises Exchange server to receive and store their voicemail; this feature sounds like it will allow that.

Tom Arbuthnot

Tom Arbuthnot

Principal Solutions Architect at Modality Systems
Tom Arbuthnot is Principal Solutions Architect at Unified Communications specialist Modality Systems. He is a Microsoft Certified Master and MVP, blogger, has a regular podcast with UCToday at and is a regular speaker at events including Microsoft TechEd and Ignite. He co-runs The Microsoft UC User Group London.


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