Microsoft acquires Event Zero's third-party management technology to build out Skype for Business


Microsoft announced in a blog post Wednesday its acquisition of the technology assets software provider Event Zero uses in its UC Commander management suite for Skype for Business.

The move signals Microsoft's continued effort to build out its enterprise-focused VoIP offering.

The technology behind UC Commander comes with three primary products in tow: Dossier, an analytics program for Skype for Business; Provisioning, a number range manager for Skype for Business calls; and Operations, a monitoring tool for Skype for Business infrastructure.

Microsoft could also integrate and build on UC Commander in the future as it sees fit. Whether the technology becomes the core of the company's management application for Skype for Business or takes on a supporting role remains to be seen.

In his blog post announcing the acquisition, Zig Serafin, corporate vice president of engineering for Skype for Business, said his team planned to integrate those acquired functions into its existing support structure for the communications program.

"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," Serafin said.

Also, Microsoft plans to use the technology to let partners more easily manage on-premises deployments through Office 365, like phone provisioning.

The acquisition marks a continued effort by Microsoft to enhance Skype for Business to separate itself from the competition. The company has been adding complementary features to its core product, like a built-in translator function. The Skype team has also worked to push continuous updates to its Android and iOS mobile offerings.

UC Commander is essentially the platform for the entirety of Event Zero's product set, so it's not clear if this acquisition signals an end for the Australia-based company or if it will continue to build new applications. A request for comment from Event Zero on that point was not immediately returned.

A statement on the company's website from CEO David Tucker said: "I see the purchase benefiting more Skype for Business customers than Event Zero could possibly reach."

For more:
- read the blog post from Microsoft
- check out the brief statement from Event Zero

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