Microsoft Adds New Office 365 Communication Features Via Skype for Business

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Microsoft announced on Monday that it is giving Office 365-using organizations new communications services for voice, video, and meetings to replace their legacy systems with services built on the Skype for Business experience.

New services include PSTN Conferencing, Skype Meeting Broadcast, Cloud PBX, and PSTN Calling.

"PSTN Conferencing provides the flexibility to dial in to a meeting from a traditional phone, in addition to the existing ability to join a meeting with a single click on your PC or mobile device," says Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice-president for Microsoft Office. "Skype Meeting Broadcast makes it easier than ever to produce large virtual meetings for up to 10,000 meeting attendees, who can join from virtually any browser or device (see it in action). Now Skype for Business truly is a single platform for every type of meeting."

"Cloud PBX enables companies to eliminate separate PBX systems and transition to the cloud with Office 365 as the central location to manage users for communication and with PSTN Calling, Office 365 customers can also subscribe to Microsoft managed calling plans and phone numbers, starting in the U.S. with more markets coming later," he adds.

The company also announced new security and analytics functionality for Office 365.

With Delve Analytics, users can access dashboards for insights on time and relationships, and with Power BI, they can visualize and analyze data. A new Customer Lockbox features lets customers get new approval rights, transparency, and control over cloud data.

There is also advanced eDiscovery, which uses machine learning, predictive coding, and text analytics to reduce costs and issues with sorting through large quantities of data.

Finally, there's now advanced threat protection to protect against unknown malware/viruses.

More on all of the above and more here.

Image via Microsoft (YouTube)

Chris Crum
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