Ever since the rebranding of Lync to Skype for Business, the adoption of Skype for Business has been pretty remarkable. It has only been active for a few months, but has gotten rave reviews for the simplicity of it. On Wednesday, Microsoft announced new Skype for Business services for Office 365.
Getting Skype for Business out to the enterprise world was a top concern, and Microsoft has managed to do that with ease. Now, with additional services added to Skype for Business, Microsoft is able to expand on Skype’s abilities and get more enterprise customers using it daily.
Skype Meeting Broadcast
The first new feature is Skype Meeting Broadcast. This is available to eligible Office 365 customers worldwide, and allows up to 10,000 people to view a Skype for Business meeting online. This could be used for town hall meetings, and features a number of large scale items for businesses to use.
Additionally, it includes integration with Bing Pulse, and this will give businesses real-time polling public webinars. Additionally, Yammer is included with it as well, and this will enable attendee dialogue during the broadcasts. This should get large conferences using Skype for Business immediately.
PSTN Conferencing and Cloud Calling
Second, US customers with Office 365 will get PSTN conferencing. This will allow users to join in on a Skype for Businesss meeting by dialing in on their landline or mobile phone. This will make it simple for those who cannot join due to computer or network issues, and join via the phone like traditional conferences.
Third, US customers will also get Cloud PBX with PSTN Calling. This will let users make and receive traditional phone calls in the Skype for Business client. These features will include hold, resume, forward, and transfer as well. This takes the Lync Servver products to another level with Skype for Business.
It’s clear that Skype for Business is working. Now, new services will help it get even better.