Microsoft announced today that it has acquired the management, reporting, and analytics technology from Event Zero, a management software provider for its Skype for Business offering. The move is said to enable Microsoft to “expand and improve the built-in management tools for Skype for Business.” Although Event Zero’s technology was picked up, the company will still be doing business.
Zig Serafin,a Skype for Business corporate vice president, explained that Microsoft intends to leverage Event Zero’s now-former technology 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.”
With the addition of Event Zero’s technology, Microsoft wants to provide Skype enterprise users with a more streamlined experience so that they don’t have to hop between apps just to have productive remote conversations. Over the past few months, Microsoft has been showing more of a focus on Skype for Business, including launching iOS and Android apps for the service, and even incorporating voice and meeting capabilities within Office 365.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. We’ve reached out to Microsoft for additional comment and will update if we hear back.
Update as of Wednesday at 10:50 a.m. PT: A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed that the company only acquired the technology assets underlying Event Zero’s UC Commander product. It did not buy the company itself. Additionally, Microsoft declined to provide a timeline or roadmap around specific integrations.