VMware Horizon VDI Skype for Business Support Tech Preview Q1 2017
VMware are having their big VMware show right now, and they just announced planned support for Skype for Business on VMware Horizon VDI. They are doing a tech preview for customers Q1, you can sign up here
Here is a a brief demo video (doesn’t really give much insight to be honest, just shows a call working in View, sounds just a little bit scripted too ). Shawn Bass CTO of End-User Computing at VMware and Raj Gopalakrishnan CTO – Skype for Business Engineering
This is a joint engineering effort between VMware and Microsoft, much like the Citrix VDI support for Skype for Business (already in market for quite a while now). Like Citrix VMware will offer a direct peer-to-peer endpoint virtual channel that offloads media processing to the endpoints, including Windows, Mac and Linux endpoints. The media plug-in will support both Skype for Business Server (on-premises) and Office 365 deployments. Horizon 7 will be supported.
Sign up for the preview here, remember these type of joint ventures tend to get support proportional to user demand: vmware.com/go/skype-business-horizon
VMware blog post: http://blogs.vmware.com/euc/2016/10/vmware-microsoft-skype-business.html
VMware Press Release here
Plan to test this? I’d love to hear your thoughts and questions. More details are available under NDA from VMware.