December 1, 2015

Skype for Business

Do you have Office 365 and are also using WebEx, Zoom or GoToMeeting for communications? If so, you have a simpler, less costly option that more easily integrates with your business productivity applications right at your fingertips: Skype for Business.

Skype for Business is a comprehensive platform for calling, conferencing, video, and file sharing. It’s  an integrated part of the Office 365 suite of business productivity tools. A parallel product with similar functionality some very useful add-on tools (like whiteboarding) is also incorporated in Microsoft Teams, another popular Office 365 feature.

Skype for Business Broadcast Producer
Skype for Business Broadcast Producer

Up to 250 participants can be included in a Skype for Business web conference. For larger-scale applications, Skype for Business Broadcast can be used to reach out to up to 10,000 participants. With a more robust suite of video production tools, the broadcast feature is perfect for webinars or product presentations. The image above is a screenshot of the Skype for Business Broadcast  producer

Microsoft has a long history with Unified Communications (UC) products. Wellington Street Consulting has been working with these systems as they have evolved over the past dozen years, architecting, installing, and integrating them with other IT systems. That work began with the first iteration of Office Communicator back in 2007. Today, it’s all part of what Microsoft calls its “intelligent communications” strategy.

Skype for Business:

  • A collaborative, multi-featured communications platform
    • VoIP calling
    • Videoconferencing
    • Instant messaging
  • Share files and documents during meetings
  • Works across devices and platforms
  • Share desktop
  • Connect from anywhere
  • End-to-end security

Whether or not you use Office 365, Wellington Street Consulting can help integrate Skype for Business into your current environment and ensure that you take advantage of all of the features it offers as it becomes the communications backbone of the Office 365 Teams environment.Several WSC clients are currently using these next-generation features. Call us at 617-329-9215 or email us to explore ways to streamline your communications infrastructure and reduce costs.


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