Microsoft Expands Skype for Business Meetings, Voice Services

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Microsoft announced its first geographic expansion of Skype for Business Cloud PBX and PSTN services.

It has a new initiative called Project Rigel to bring Skype Meeting from Microsoft Surface Hub to nearly any meeting room with a display or projector.

"The addition of unified management, reporting, and analytics tools for the Microsoft communications cloud to give IT professionals a single interface for managing there Skype for Business deployments," a spokesperson for Microsoft says.

There's a new Cloud Connector Edition of Skype for Business Server that enables customers to connect existing phone lines and numbers to Office 365 "by delivering hybrid capabilities as optimized, pre-configured virtual machine images."

As part of the geographic expansion, 32 countries will now be able to use PSTN Conferencing as a purchase for their Office 365 subscription.

Microsoft discusses the news in more detail here.

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