Skype for Business - 4 Benefits to SMB
October 5th, 2015 Matt McCue

Microsoft Skype for Business, one of the applications that comes bundled with the Office 365 business subscriptions, is an important tool that employees can use to increase productivity and project management.

Microsoft Skype for Business, one of the applications that comes bundled with the Office 365 business subscriptions, is an important tool that employees can use to increase productivity and project management.


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Packed with features that businesses can use to communicate, Skype for Business (previously known as Lync 2013) has become an asset to any company using Office 365.

Compatible on all browsers and mobile devices, the latest version of Lync enables company employees and clients to communicate easily from any global location. With services that include messenger-style chats, HD video conferencing, and Voice Over IP (VoIP) telephony, employees are able to communicate with their colleagues from any location for free.

 

Cost-Savings

 

Skype for Business is available to use without any special hardware or software, making it a zero-cost communications application that is ready to use once the Office 365 bundle has been installed. Once set-up, users can make HD video conferencing calls, VoIP calls, and utilize the chat functions to communicate with others. When using Lync, employees can reduce the company’s telecommunication operating costs significantly, by eliminating expensive long distance toll charges associated with legacy telephone companies.

 

Mobile-Ready

 

Although Skype for Business is a Windows product, it’s available as an app for iOS, Android under its previous name, Lync 2013. The lack of market share for Windows Mobile likely forced Microsoft to create apps for Apple and Android devices, which can be found in their respective app stores.

The mobile apps make it easy for employees to stay connected with the office while travelling, whether it’s across the warehouse floor or from an airport in another continent.

 

Skype-to-Skype for Business

 

One of the smartest ideas that were included in the Skype for Business version was the capability to communicate with all users on the Skype network. Since Skype for Business used by mostly businesses and their employees, Skype has a much larger market share of individuals not associated with a business account. Connecting the two and enabling cross-platform communications has made Skype for Business an even more powerful asset, as it allows Skype for Business users to communicate with anyone with a free Skype account.

 

HD Video Conferencing

 

Skype for Business includes 1080p HD video conferencing so that distant employees, vendors, or clients can communicate with others with a high-resolution video connection. Available on all platforms, the video conferencing functionality is a tool that increases productivity by allowing people to communicate without barriers such as distance or location.

 

In Summary

 

Skype for Business and the Office 365 bundle are resources that any small or medium-sized business can take advantage of to increase productivity by making communication between employees, vendors, and clients easier and streamlined.

With its mobile-ready applications that can be quickly installed onto any smart mobile device, the Lync 2013 product can go wherever the user goes, which makes staying in contact with the office as easy as turning on her phone.

The Office 365 bundle is available as a licensed product or subscription from Tridacom, and billed based on the number of users. To learn more about Office 365 or Skype for Business, please contact Tridacom today at 1-877-489-0123 and one of our team members will answer your questions regarding Office 365 or any of its products.



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