Skype will integrate Citrix's GoToMeeting offering into its enterprise collaboration solution as it continues to court the business world.
Skype is continuing its push to become a larger player in the business world
via a partnership with Citrix Systems.
the Enterprise Connect 2011 show in Orlando, Fla.,
March 1, the two companies announced that Citrix will integrate its GoToMeeting
online collaboration software with Skype's video- and audio-conferencing
offerings. Skype will be adding the Citrix feature to its Skype Enterprise
Desktop offering toward the end of the year, according to company officials.
officials have been looking to find ways to earn more money from its popular
online conferencing technology. The company began life playing solely in the
consumer field, with the bulk of its 145 million or so users making their Skype
calls for free. The company is looking to leverage its strength on the consumer
side to gain traction in the highly competitive corporate collaboration space.
has to vie with a number of larger rivals, including Cisco Systems,
Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, IBM and Polycom,
as enterprises look to online collaboration as a way to save money in such
areas as travel while increasing employee productivity. Bringing Citrix's
GoToMeeting solution on board will enable Skype to compete with the likes of
Cisco's WebEx. It will enable Skype users to not only connect via video and
audio online, but also share documents.
technologies are becoming increasingly important in the business world, and
Skype is well-positioned to take advantage of that, according to David Gurle,
vice president and general manager of Skype Enterprise, who announced the
Citrix partnership during his keynote at Enterprise Connect.
is changing the way we do business," Gurle said in a blog post
March 1. "Employees
are bringing their own technology into the workplace, mobility is creating a
lot more flexibility than ever to be wherever you want to be to get work done,
and the advent of cloud-based computing is also breaking down barriers and
enabling people to communicate, access information, and be more productive in
new and powerful ways. This is the new way of doing things in business."
is leading this business trend, he said.
is about 'doing' and 'doing' is about collaboration, and that is what Skype is
all about," Gurle said. "Skype creates connected ecosystems of
colleagues, clients, vendors, and partners."
spent much of 2010 building up its business capabilities. In May, the company
, which enables up to five people to participate in a Skype call, a
move that helped it counter the video-conferencing capabilities of Cisco, HP,
Polycom and others. Skype Connect 1.0, brought out of beta in August 2010,
enables IP-PBX and UC (unified communications) systems to connect to Skype.
in September 2010 announced a UC partnership, and in January,
Skype unveiled its new Skype Business client for Windows, which includes group