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Microsoft Offers Skype for Business to Office 365 Enterprise Users

Broadcasting a virtual meeting to 10,000 attendees across the country just took a comprehensive leap forward as Microsoft released a new, more robust, Skype for Business as part of its Office 365 E5 suite.

Users of Microsoft Skype for Business through Office 365 E5 now experience an updated platform that features improved calling, video and audio functionality with the enterprise grade security, privacy and control of Lync.

Skype for Business launched back in April, with customers initially getting their upgrades via the Lync 2013 client and the Lync Online service. Office 365 E5 was released December 1, which also marked the availability of full features and capabilities for Skype for Business Online for any enterprise level, Office 365 user.

These capabilities include Meeting Broadcast, Skype PSTN Conferencing and Cloud PBX with PSTN Calling.

Each capability has its perks. Skype Meeting Broadcast broadcasts a 10,000-attendee virtual meeting via a desktop browser or mobile device. Attendees can chat via Yammer or contribute in instantaneous polling.

PSTN Conferencing allows users to link to a Skype for Business meeting in Office 365 by dialing in from a landline or mobile phone. This is an offline alternative to virtual conferencing.

Cloud PBX with PSTN Calling enables enterprise users to make and receive traditional phone calls in Skype for Business. Along with its simplistic set up, users have options like hold, resume, forward, and transfer thanks to the Lync and Skype for Business Server.

These capabilities cover each Office 365 user’s written, audio, and video conversations. Convenience, economic pricing, and value will help businesses thrive. “The Office 365 Skype for Business voice and video services are based on an intelligent real-time network, spanning Microsoft’s global data centers, to deliver secure, high-quality voice and video traffic at the speed of light across the globe,” Microsoft published back in March.

While the new Skype for Business functionality is one of the chief new features of the E5 subscription, companies will also get access to new analytics features including Microsoft’s Power BI Pro service and the new Delve Analytics feature that helps users see how they connect with their co-workers.

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