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Skype for Business – Are you ready?

In April 2015, Microsoft launched Skype for Business as the next generation of Lync 2013, its enterprise communications platform. The new software combines the commercial popularity of Skype with the corporate professionalism and security of Lync 2013. It can be applied to existing Lync servers, Office 365, and other platforms. This move makes sense, considering how the lines between our business and social lives have started to merge. More people are working away from the office. We’re not bound to our desktops anymore. We organise our lives around activity-based working, which means we want a common interface for our tablets, iPhones, Windows, and Android devices.

Skype for Business (formerly Microsoft Lync) is a communications and collaboration platform that brings together an experience inspired by Skype with enterprise-grade security, compliance and control. It offers features including presence, IM, voice and video calls, and online meetings. It is built right in to Microsoft Office, so initiating chats, calls and meetings is an integrated experience within Office.

Skype for Business combines the trusted enterprise features of Microsoft Lync with the familiarity of Skype. It’s still keeps the features of Microsoft Lync – and even adds a few more great features – while giving you access to over 300 million Skype users. It opens up a whole new world of opportunity for your business.

Key features of Skype for Business:

  • Connect with anyone: Meet with up to 250 people – even if they’re not on Skype for Business. All they need is a phone or Internet connection.
  • Office integration: See contacts’ online statuses, schedule meetings, and start conversations from Office apps
  • Security and control: Conversations are protected by strong authentication and encryption, and you manage employee accounts and features.

Dimension Data, in alliance with Microsoft, makes Skype for Business part of your innovative workspaces for tomorrow. Our unified communication and collaboration solutions will seamlessly match your business needs. Skype for Business can be deployed across multiple platforms either on-premise, in the cloud, or both. Work better together with Skype for Business and Dimension Data. Click here to find out more.

Neville Burdan

Neville is the General Manager, Security at Dimension Data Asia Pacific