Microsoft acquires technology assets from Event Zero to enhance Skype for Business Online

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Microsoft on Wednesday announced, that it has acquired technology assets underlying the UC Commander product suite from Event Zero, a company that currently provides management software for Skype for Business Online, for an undisclosed amount. The UC Commander product suite includes management, reporting and analytics technology.

The company adds that the acquisition will allow it to expand and improve the built-in management tools for Skype for Business and shows its commitment to deliver a complete, enterprise-grade communications solution at global scale with Office 365.

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“Our goal is to make the Skype for Business management tools as powerful and easy-to-use for IT professionals as Skype is for end users,” said Corporate Vice President of Skype for Business Engineering Zig Serafin, in a blog post.

The acquisition is forward thinking from Microsoft. Serafin adds that “In the future, using the technology acquired today, we will be able to add strong diagnostics and troubleshooting capabilities with even more extensive reporting and analytics for online audio, video conferencing and media streams — all within a unified management and admin system”

Last year Microsoft acquired Sunrise, an Android calendar app, for around $100-million and then shut it down, integrating it with Outlook.

The company however says Event Zero will not suffer the same fate and will continue to service its customers and partners. This is though largely due the fact that Microsoft has only acquired a division of Event Zero and not the entire company.



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