Microsoft announces new Skype for Business capabilities in Office 365

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Microsoft announces new Skype for Business capabilities in Office 365

Nettko has just returned from a busy time at the Microsoft World Partner Conference in Orlando, and we wanted to share some of the new and interesting things that came out of the event that could help evolve your business.

Microsoft made some big announcements and some of the sessions went into a deep dive on some new features and capabilities that should be in the marketplace in the coming months. Over the next few blog posts we will be sharing those with you.

This blog post will cover off on some of Microsoft’s advances in cloud communication and telephony that they announced. One of the biggest announcements that were made at the conference was that a new Microsoft’s Office 365 E5 plan will soon be available and will include:

  • Skype meetings broadcast
  • PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) conferencing
  • Cloud PBX
  • PSTN calling (this will be an add on product)

While no official release date was announced for these new features, it is expected that we will see the first roll out of these features by the end of the calendar year. Coupled with the announcement of the new E5 plan for Office 365 which will include Skype meetings broadcast, PSTN conferencing and Cloud PBX will mean that a subscriber organisation will have a whole new suite of functionality at their fingertips.

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Learning about Skype at Microsoft’s World Partner Conference 2015

So what does this mean for your business?

Using lots of different communications tools that don’t work well together can slow productivity. Skype for Business brings together all these tools into a single, simple solution that’s integrated with Office 365. Anywhere there’s an Internet connection, people can make and take calls, give presentations, and attend meetings – all with one app. When people start communicating rapidly and seamlessly, organisations experience dramatic improvements in everyday productivity and collaboration.

Audio, video and web conferencing is integrated into a single experience. Skype for Business lets people connect and stay focused on the things they’re doing together — whether it’s sharing an app, co-authoring, or presenting content.

For businesses that are already experiencing some of the benefits of the cloud, this presents an opportunity to extend the value of the cloud to your organisation.

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With Office 365’s new E5 plan you will soon be able to take advantage of a whole range of functionality without having to deploy any additional hardware:

  • Skype meeting broadcast – This lets you produce, host, and broadcast meetings to large online audiences (up to 10,000 attendees) and attendees can join from virtually any browser and device.
  • PSTN Conferencing – With this feature, you can use a dial-in number to join Skype meetings from any device and dial-out to bring participants into the meeting.
  • Cloud PBX – Office 365 can be used as the central location to manage users for communications, email and content which will eliminate separate PBX systems and help you completely transition to the cloud
  • PSTN Calling – You will be able to subscribe to PSTN calling plans from Office 365 through your existing phone numbers or get new ones

Nettko prides itself on its constant growth and learning. If you want to know more about this topic or anything else we learnt at the Microsoft World Partner Conference please don’t hesitate to contact us on 1300 NETTKO or reach out to us here.

 

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