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December 1, 2015

Microsoft Upgrades Office 365 to Better Communication

Businesses Could Benefit From New Features

Communication is a key factor in any business and Microsoft is embracing that while introducing major overhauls to Office 365.

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The company announced Monday it has added features to its Office setting to better enable communication among teams, whether someone’s in the same city or thousands of miles away. It’s part of making Office 365 the ‘go-to’ system for businesses.

“We believe that the heart of productivity is great teamwork, and the heart of great teams is great communication. Productivity today is centered on conversations—sometimes a quick instant message or call, and sometimes a meeting planned in advance including voice, video and content sharing,” explained Microsoft Office corporate vice-president Kirk Koenigsbauer in a blog entry.

The key, Koenigsbauer wrote, is the fact many businesses are still using corporate telephone structures with video conferencing available, which is expensive. Microsoft is bringing that system into the modern age with Skype For Business.

The two main elements which will create benefits for business is the PSTN Conferencing allowing users to dial in to a meeting via traditional phone or through their computer’s desktop or on a mobile device and Skype Meeting Broadcast means up to 10,000 meeting attendees, who can join from virtually any browser or device.

“Today, over half of our business customers are currently paying for multiple conferencing solutions, and many are still using legacy PBX phone systems. Now they can simplify their infrastructure with one cloud platform for meetings and voice, ultimately reducing the cost, complexity and effort of maintaining legacy phone and conferencing systems,” Koenigsbauer explained.


W. Brice McVicar is a staff writer for SiteProNews.