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Friday, July 29, 2016

Skype for Business review

By Peter Harris

Skype for Business is an amazing solution to solve your meeting needs, now you can communicate using instant messaging and video communications in HD. It continues using all the usual tools you’re used to with Skype but now it’s utilised for business, it is still secure and it gives you complete control.

Technology makes us more productive

Today more and more of us are working from home or when we’re on the move, needing to stay in touch and be productive. Skype for Business is the key player in business comms and as long as you have an internet connection then you’ll have Skype. And because it’s easy to use, you can have those meetings anywhere saving you time and money by cutting down on travel.

Do you need to set up a conference? Skype will allow you to bring up to 250 people together in one place which is pretty amazing. It will integrate with your office apps allowing you and your co-workers to collaborate on the Microsoft suite of office applications.

Do we like it? From me the answer is yes. We set it up on all of our PC’s and devices in the office and let everyone get on with it and we had very few issues. We found it easy to set up and even easier to use. As some of our customers are using it too we found that we can set up a meeting so much easier, as mentioned above the saving in travel costs is a true benefit and easily measured. We can set up a meeting much quicker and have ad-hoc meetings if and when everyone happens to be available.

Now Microsoft are running the show (it used to be called Lync) I can see how Skype for Business is going to be popular, after all how, many devices out there are running windows? It’s this type of easy deployment that will attract small to medium businesses. You can reduce installation time and costs and be up and running in a very short space of time. We like this, a lot!

So, what is different between Skype and Lync?

If you’re looking to make the move, you’ll still find the features that you are using already but it does have a different layout. There are new additions too such as:
Calling from SFB via your desk phone
Skype directory integration
Call monitor
Rate may call
Emoticons!!!  :) :( :) 

Microsoft’s baby

This is in now Microsoft’s baby there’s lots of videos and tutorials on line that are easy to access, this wealth of information can answer so many questions and show you some great features. I could be here all day listing them. I went on the help pages and watched a few tutorials, I found them to be a good resource so I recommend taking a look at them too.

A new player

So, overall I think Skype for Business will be a major player in the video communications arena and they shaking things up a bit. This is good though and brings a new player in which can only be of benefit overall to us users.

About the author: This post was supplied by Peter Harris, Peter works for Interact who are experts in Unified Communications. Learn more about Skype for Business here.