IGEL Extends Skype for Business Support to VMware Horizon Virtual Desktops
December 07, 2017 --
The popular business communication platform's high-definition audio and video conferencing capabilities are now available on IGEL OSTM-powered IGEL Universal Desktop(tm) thin clients configured for VMware Horizon(r) Client 4.6
IGEL, a world leader in endpoint management software for the secure enterprise, today announced that it has optimised the IGEL OS, adding support for Skype(r) for Business to IGEL UD6 and UD9 series Universal Desktop (UD) thin clients, and IGEL UD Pocket micro thin clients configured with VMware Horizon Client 4.6.
Demand for high-definition audio and video conferencing capabilities is on the rise. According to No Jitter's Second Annual Skype for Business Adoption Trends survey, 60 percent of organisations with 50,000 or more employees currently use Skype for Business, with 62 percent of organisations with 10,000 to 49,999 employees and 53 percent of organisations with 5,000 to 9,999 employees, leveraging the platform.
"There is no doubt that Skype for Business is increasingly popular among enterprises of all sizes," said Ainsley Brook, UK & Ireland Country Manager for IGEL. "IGEL is committed to providing end-users with the best possible audio and video communications capabilities, regardless of which virtualisation protocols they are leveraging. By optimising the IGEL OS and adding support for Skype for Business with VMware Horizon Client 4.6, we are now able to offer our channel partners the flexibility of choice for universal communications as a part of VDI. We are also pleased to enable the high-performance communications that customers in healthcare, financial services, the public sector and other vertical markets want and expect from their VMware VDI deployments."
"With the release of the VMware Horizon Client 4.6 with Skype for Business support, we are pleased to see IGEL leading the charge in extending support for this popular communications platform into VMware virtual desktop environments," said Tony Huynh, Director of Product Management, VMware. "No longer must IT organisations compromise when it comes to choosing between a virtual desktop protocol and supporting the communications experience their users want and desire. With Skype for Business and VMware Horizon Client 4.6, they now can have access to a rich audio and video communications experience via their IGEL-OS powered endpoints."
VMware is a Diamond-level sponsor for IGEL DISRUPT End User Computing Forum 2018 events taking place in EMEA, North America and Australia during the first quarter of 2018. Additionally, Brian Gammage, Chief Market Technologist, VMware will be presenting at IGEL DISRUPT EMEA taking place in Bremen, Germany from January 17-19, 2018. To register, click here https://www.eventbrite.de/e/igel-2018-disrupt-tickets-38430605977.
Availability and Support
The IGEL UD6 and UD9 thin clients and IGEL UD Pocket micro thin clients are available now in the UK through IGEL's network of IGEL Platinum partners, Authorised IGEL Partners (AIPs) and resellers. Additionally, the IGEL OS 10.03.210 and IGEL OS 5.12.100 is available now with the Skype for Business Virtualisation Pack with VMware Horizon Client 4.6.
To experience the capabilities of the IGEL OS, Universal Desktop Converter(tm) (UDC) and IGEL Universal Management Suite(tm) (UMS), download here https://www.igel.com/download?utm_source=wire&utm_medium=press-release&utm_campaign=company-news&utm_term=ums-universal-desktop-converter&utm_content=IGEL-skype4business-download, or request free evaluation hardware.