Skype for Business is a powerful iteration of Skype that features a suite of enhancements designed to turbocharge productivity, workflows, and communications. Moreover, when integrated with Office 365, it becomes a powerful and complete information exchange and collaboration platform.
Effective communication is essential in business, and organizations are looking for ways to improve it across diverse groups and remote locations. Global teams are expected to be able to connect seamlessly, in real time, to keep up with workflows.
There’s no doubt that Skype has become synonymous with online communications. The Microsoft-owned VOIP and video calling application offers users an easy to user interface and a seamless communications experience that few products can match. Moreover, with an estimated 74 million users worldwide its popularity cannot be overstated.
Dynamic collaboration across distances is key to remaining competitive, and today’s organizations require solutions that can keep them in touch with employees and clients while ensuring costs stay in check.
Let’s take a look at how the different features of Skype for Business help your organization.
Skype for Business Benefits
Complete meeting solution. With Skype for Business, the meeting possibilities are endless; allowing you to seamlessly and effortlessly share information. Skype Meetings offers HD video conferencing for up to 250 participants with desktop sharing and co-authoring so you can conduct meetings as if you are all in the same room.
Have a large sized meeting? With Skype Meeting Broadcast, you can reach thousands of participants quickly.
Not at the office? Use Skype for Business Online or the Skype for Business mobile app to participate in meetings on-the
Reduce costs. By adopting video conferencing, Microsoft estimates that companies can avoid making 45,000 trips per year, representing a total yearly savings of $93 million, or $124,000 per day.
Skype for Business can replace and consolidate expensive, physical on-premise PBX telephony in addition to different third-party communication tools. With this tool, you will be able to eliminate expensive PBX hardware and leave all the heavy lifting Microsoft data centers.
Communicate across devices. Skype for Business works with any device type, including smartphones and mobile devices, allowing you to connect with your team anywhere and anytime. With Office 365, you can communicate with others right from your file; collaborating while making live edits to a document.
And with Modern Voice/Cloud PBX services, you will be able to make, receive and transfer calls from any location, so you will never be out of the loop.
Improve collaboration. Whether your team is located in the same office or spread out across the globe, Skype for Business is a complete solution for collaboration and productivity. Workflows become seamless, documents can be co-created, and borders become meaningless.
These are only a sample of benefits that Skype for Business brings to the business professional. From costs savings capabilities to improving workflows, the platform offers a host of ways for companies to improve their operations.
In part II, we will examine how Skype for Business benefits the IT professional.
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