We wanted to share Microsofts latest progress on delivering voice service from Office 365. As you’ve heard, Skype for Business Online will be providing dial tone and voice service from Microsofts Office 365 data centers. The most recent milestone is that qualified customers are being brought onto the voice platform as part of a Preview program for early adopters. The new functions being introduced include:
1) Cloud PBX with on premises PSTN, in which organizations can leverage Office 365's Skype infrastructure for IM/Presence, conferencing/collaboration, and dial tone, but the trunking connection to the public phone network is local, at branches or data centers of the customer organization.
1a) Cloud PBX with a Microsoft Calling Plan, where organizations move all service to Office 365, including their phone numbers. Microsoft handles the telephone network trunking and billing for long distance, international, etc. This removes the need for all Lync/Skype servers and gateways on premises.
2) PSTN Conferencing, where conference attendees who need to dial in from a cell or landline call a number supplied by Microsoft, and join the conference call via audio only. This reduces the need for third party audioconferencing service providers.
3) Large Skype broadcast meetings, including streaming of meetings to up to 10,000 attendees. A new Office 365 sku, termed the E5, is available for the Cloud PBX feature, although it additionally includes advanced security and business intelligence capabilities within Office 365. Enabling will be sharing what we know and providing info about the early preview programs, in an upcoming webinar.
Cast: Enabling Technologies Corp
Tags: Microsoft surface hub, Skype for Business, Office 365 and Microsoft Cloud PBX