Microsoft is introducing Skype for Business PSTN Conferencing to its Office 356 cloud productivity suite. The add-on feature allows users to host or create meetings through Office 365 that contain landline phone numbers so people can dial into conference calls. There's potential for businesses big and small to save money and streamline operations as this can reduce their reliance on hosted conference call providers and clunky desk phones. Here are the details.
Conference calls may be something you don't think twice about when you're doing audio meetings over the phone. You just dial a number, punch in an access code and away you go. This is usually done through a third-party hosted conference call provider and a group of people in a meeting room huddled around a landline phone.
Skype for Business PSTN Conferencing can let you do these conference calls at your desk through the computer using Office 365. External parties who don't have to call through a landline or mobile phone still have the option to do so through a dial-in telephone number.
Microsoft has already launched this Office 365 add-on service overseas and will be bringing it to Australian users in September. The service will be charged per user per month, depending on your level of Office 365 subscription. It also has the added benefit of providing a single point of management for IT administrators in organisations.
Local pricing details have yet to be released. We'll keep you posted on this as we find out more details closer to launch.
[Via Microsoft News Center]