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Microsoft Corporation made yet another big step to the world of business as it unveiled Skype for Business that is integrated into Office 365 thereby improving voice and video calls as well as meeting experiences.

The new update, which Microsoft has deeply integrated into Office 365, brings in enterprise calling features aiming at providing modern and simple ways for business organizations to keep their employees connected. Communication enhances productivity at any workplace and with the features embedded in Office 365; they will advance connectivity and meetings at workplaces thus improving the general productivity of the business organization.

Built on the accustomed Skype UI

Making communication at workplace intuitive and easy as connecting with your loved ones on Skype, the new Skype for Business is built on the same acquainted user interface. The features incorporated into this Microsoft’s new fling makes it unique in its way

The PSTN (public switched telephone network) Conferencing feature gives the employees a much more flexible option of simplydialing into a meeting from just the old school telephone that relies on alandline.This mode also allows the users in an organization to join meetings or conferences using PCs or even mobile devices. This feature utilizes Skype as a backend for the available telephone hardware.

Skype for Business also comes with PSTN calling feature that provides the Office 365 clients with the ability to subscribe to calling plans as well as phone numbers; a service that is managed and provided by Microsoft. This service has been rolled out to the United States market initially with plans of availing the service to other markets in future.

Scheduling and organizing meetings, as well as conferences,is relatively expensive and quite involving that most organizations try to ignore such at all costs. Some organizations conduct meetings occasionally so as to save on costs. Now with Skye Meeting Broadcast integrated into the Skype for Business,organizations can have upto 10,000 attendees’ capacity in virtual meetings. The meeting attendees can access the meeting virtually from a myriad of devices.

Interestingly, the users in the virtual meetings that are conducted via Skype for Business can share and work on documents virtually when online. This preventsconfusion that may arise in future since everything edited is consented to and saved. The co-authoring feature will save big time in holding crucial and sensitive meetings at any given moments since corrections and deliberationsare made where appropriate and saved there and then.

Anchored to Azure Cloud

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella revealed that the new system is anchored to its Azure Cloud. The Cloud PBX (private branch exchange) feature allows organizations to abolish detached PBX systems and move to the cloud that will have Microsoft’s Office 365 E5 as the management center for communication. The Microsoft Azure Cloud is a computing platform that manages services and applications via a series of global networks that are managed by Microsoft and their host partners.

The cloud platform reduces costs and simplifies complex structures involved in the continued use of legacy PBX telephone system as well as the conferencing systems.

Microsoft Corporation has made big steps in trying to modernize the workplace by incorporating the old methods of communication into the modern systems. The company has provided a solution to organizations with Skype for Business regarding offering affordable and complete conferencing that encompasses video, audio, messaging services and content sharing.

The company has partnered with a number of operators and developers to offer high-level and quality connectivity and enhanced services via Skype for Business. They include TATA Communications, Orange Business Services, SoftBank, BT Global Services, Polycom, Telstra and Genesys among other firms.

Skype for Business is integrated into Microsoft Office 365 E5 suite.