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CloudPoint’s Office 365 Customers Can Get Early Look at Skype for Business and Office 2016

There are quite a few updates on the horizon for Microsoft Office 365 users. During its annual Convergence conference, which targets business customers, Microsoft said its cloud-based, subscription service for Microsoft’s Office will be getting a touch of Skype added to it beginning in April.

The update will combine Microsoft’s Lync application, which itself was a communication tool for professional settings, with Skype to create a more Skype-like user interface to give users a more familiar set of tools and functions.

Skype for Business will include Enterprise Voice, which will allow users to do things like start conference calls through Skype for Business using old-school land lines without needing a separate Lync Server setup. While it might not sound like a big deal, this removes a big barrier standing in the way of communication simplicity by getting analog and digital signals to play nice together.

“We will offer enterprise voice and audio conferencing in Office 365, starting with a technical preview in the U.S. this summer, as well as enterprise-grade PSTN connectivity, beginning in the U.S. later this year, followed by a global roll out. This means Office 365 can be used for all your conversations—written, audio and video. The Office 365 Skype for Business voice and video services are based on an intelligent real time network, spanning Microsoft’s global datacenters, to deliver secure, high quality voice and video traffic at the speed of light across the globe. Our strategic partners AT&T, BT, Colt, Equinix, Level 3 Communications, Orange Business Services, TATA Communications, Telstra, Verizon and Vodafone, will deliver direct connections to Office 365 Skype for Business customers through Azure ExpressRoute for Office 365. ” — Zig Serafin, corporate vice president for the Skype for Business team

You can take a technical preview of the new Skype for Business here or to try Office 2016 in ‘Preview Mode’ here.

You can read all about it from Microsoft here.

You can find out more and even get your ticket to the Office 365 train right here through CloudPoint Technology.

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