Microsoft launches Skype for Business

Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2015
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By The Softcat News Team


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Yesterday Microsoft launched Skype for Business, which will replace Lync Online to provide customers with a more comprehensive and responsive communications solution.

The transition will be complete for all customers by the end of May, although administrators can opt to switch between the interfaces if they require extra time to adapt. Softcat is one of the partners on hand to support customers during the transition.

James Baker, alliances director, said: “Skype has proved very popular on a personal level, so it’s brilliant to now be able to offer this to businesses as part of their Office 365 package. With the rise of flexible working and people working remotely, there’s a real need for more expansive communications solutions such as video conferencing. Skype for Business will allow our customers’ employees to communicate with their clients and each other via video calls and instant messenger, with enhanced security and operational control for peace of mind.”

Collaborative communications platform Skype for Business provides businesses with enterprise grade security, compliance and control, with extra features such as voice and video calls, online meetings and instant messenger for easy internal communications, built directly into Microsoft Office.

The platform is based on the popular application Skype, as currently used by 300 million individuals worldwide to freely connect with friends and family. As with the personal version, Skype for Business will allow users to connect with anyone in the Skype network, even outside their own organisation. However, Skype for Business conversations are encrypted and authenticated through Active Directory, and individual accounts can be managed by the IT department for added security.

While the update will be automatic and seamless, customers are advised to contact their account managers if they’d like to discuss any aspect of the new platform further.

Get in touch with Softcat to discuss using Skype for Business as part of your Office 365 package.

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