Skype For Business

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  • Office 365 and G Suite both have their strong suites but there are places they fall short. To start with Office 365 and G Suite are both strong in the email area both Office 365 and Gmail both do well when it comes to email where the two differ is messaging. To start with Office 365 has Skype For Business and Microsoft Teams. While Google has Hangouts, Google Voice and Meets. While I have to say Hangouts is great and I have used it many times for podcasting it lacks the professional meeting and messaging features that Skype for Business offers its users. Google Meets while easy to use lacks the collaboration piece that Microsoft Teams has and offers, which is more of a competitor for Slack while Google has no real program like Slack or Teams Google Hangouts and Meets is a competitor for Skype For Business. Google lacks the professional features of Skype at times but beats Skype hands down in ease of use for users. Skype for Business users can set up and record online meetings for up to 250 people and broadcast meetings to up to 10,000 attendees. Skype streamlines caller management with its call forwarding and auto-attendant features. It also has a Skype Translator, a plugin that instantly translates voice and text. Google Meets supports between 30 – 100 people per session and lacks broadcasting and voting capabilities. When it comes to SMS messaging it’s not even a contest for the simple reasons is Skype for Business or Teams cannot do SMS messaging. Why Microsoft? Is the question I ask? Google Voice offers both unlimited voice and SMS messaging. But Google Voice does lack an enterprise level solution where Microsoft can offer an enterprise level cloud-based phone system with Skype for Business, G Suite has...
  • September 26, 2018

    Microsoft Ignite – Day 2

    Today we continue our coverage of the Microsoft Ignite talking about all the news of the week to this point. Microsoft partnering with Adobe to be a true competitor for Salesforce. Microsoft cutting off Skype For Business for anyone under 500 seats. Any company with under 500 seats will be forced to use Microsoft Teams as of October 1st. Microsoft announces that Microsoft Teams is the fastest-growing business app in Microsoft’s history. Microsoft Search which is feeling like the biggest news of the show and much more… Today We Talk About… Microsoft announces Microsoft’s Managed Desktop The New Surface Hub, New Enterprise Features For Outlook Mobile. Microsoft Server 2019 Preview Releases In October Windows Admin Center 1809 Reaches General Availability Microsoft And Adobe Team up To Take On Salesforce Cortana Skills Open To More Developers Microsoft Search Gets A Big Update
  • Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams upgrade: We recently announced that the roadmap for bringing Skype for Business Online features and functionality into Microsoft Teams is now complete. Teams is now ready to meet your customers’ messaging, meeting, and calling needs. This is a significant milestone for Microsoft together with our partners to upgrade Skype for Business Online with Microsoft Teams as the primary communications client in Office 365. This transition represents an opportunity for you to help your customers realize the benefits of intelligent communications.   Upcoming Key Dates:  Starting Oct. 1st, new Office 365 customers with 500 seats or less will be onboarded to Microsoft Teams and will not have access to Skype for Business Online. Tenants that are already using Skype for Business online will be able to continue doing so (including provisioning new users) until they complete their transition to Microsoft Teams. Microsoft has begun offering automatic upgrades from Skype for Business Online to Teams for Microsoft direct customers. Starting November 1st, we will begin offering partner associated customers automatic upgrades from Skype for Business Online to Teams.  Tenant Administrators will be given advance notification via email and through the Office 365 Message Center. Next steps: Remove references to Skype for Business Online in marketing materials for your Office 365 and Microsoft 365 offers by Oct 1st. Review below partner and customer materials to help defining our strategy to support and upgrade customers from Skype for Business to Teams. Select pilot customers to begin testing your upgrade process. Upgrade your own organization from Skype for Business to Teams and experience this exciting communication Microsoft Microsoft is really pushing teams hard and now starting to slowly cut the small businesses user off from Skype For Business. Microsoft did announce at Ignite that Teams is one of the fastest growing apps in the companies history.
  • Recently I have been checking out new phone systems with Skype for Business being end of life in April of 2019. The one thing I noticed about Skype for Business is the complexity of the setup for use. You need to login to the admin portal of Office365 and purchase Skype for Business Online (Plan 2) for $12 dollars a month. Then you need to buy a calling plan for Skype for Business Domestic Calling Plan for $12 a month or Domestic and International Calling Plan for $24.00 month. As I looked more into Skype I noticed really how outdated the platform is compared to others in the same space. Ring Central is the standard for cloud phone systems and they integrate natively with Office365 and Skype. The one thing I did notice is easy and simple Ring Central was to set up compared to Skype for Business. Ring Central was much more feature rich offering SMS messaging, call routing and a large variety of desk phones. Skype does not offer SMS messaging at all so I thought well since Skype for Business is going to be aged out I will use Microsoft Teams for a phone system but again there is no SMS messaging, limited features and a small choice of IP Phones. To me with Microsoft aging out Skype for Business and the push for users to move to Microsoft Teams I was surprised at the limitations of the platform especially SMS messaging. Even free Google Voice offers SMS messaging and they are a service you do not pay for monthly at a commercial level. I just find that yes Microsoft Teams is the future but its stuck with the same limitations that Skype for Business is I don’t understand why Microsoft would do this and to top this...
  • Why Small Business Should Switch To Office 365 Office 365 lives in the cloud. That means you have access to Word, Excel, Outlook, and other Microsoft Office tools from anywhere you can get a Web connection, and from virtually any device–Windows or Mac desktops and laptops, Android devices, iPhones, iPads, and other smartphones and tablets. Office Web Apps for iPhone and Android provide basic features and functions for free and even more features if you have an Office 365 account. With office 365 for business you get Skype For Business (for online meetings and such) Website E-Mail Sharepoint Entire Office Package (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access) OneDrive (1 Terabyte Of Space) This isn’t quite the selling point it once was for a couple reasons. First, even with the Office 365 is pushing users to save files to the cloud-based OneDrive, or to a SharePoint server by default. So, there’s no reason the data can’t be accessible regardless of whether you are via Smart phone, Tablet or PC. The second reason it may not be all that compelling is that Office Web Apps are already available for free so you can create, view, and edit Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote files from the Web. For businesses, though, SharePoint, Active Directory, and other elements of Office 365 that go beyond simply creating and editing Office documents still make Office 365 a better value. Office 365 is a solid service providing tremendous bang for the buck, though, so it won’t be easy to beat the value it brings to the table. So many small businesses switched to Office 365 for functionality and cost. Moving to Office 365 is easy with the help of the right computer company. Start using it today to save money and to help make working easier today.
  • January 22, 2016

    Skype For Your Business Needs

    I know when a lot of people hear the word Skype the first thing they think about is software there friends or kids use for video chat. A lot of parents, grandparents and family use Skype to talk to family on the holidays and keep up on what’s going on with friends. Skype can be a much more powerful tool then just that purpose. Skype can be used as a form of business communications to save money. Skype calls are unlimited and free this can help cut down on cell phone plans that have caped minutes it can also be very useful for talking over wifi at coffee shop or airport where cell phone reception is weak but wifi is available. Skype is handy as well for meetings skype for business is only a few dollars a month and allows you to screen share and have online meetings much cheaper than webex or gotomeeting. Skype has messaging available as well if you see someone is online and rather then call them you can send them a quick instant message and they will get it at their desk or phone. Skype has an iPhone app and Android app whether you’re at your desk or on run with your iPad or iPhone you could conduct a meeting or make phone calls using skype. What if you wanted to receive calls threw Skype but your friend or client does not have Skype? Not a problem you can get a local phone number threw Skype then anyone that calls that number will get you through the app. Skype can port numbers over as well if you have a number you can’t live without. Skype now has a built in social aspect where it integrates right into Facebook making it easier for you to find...
  • June 17, 2015

    TTG 54 – LastPass Hacked

    The Technology Geek Podcast 54 LastPass Hacked We talk about LastPass hacked what was taken and and password salting and we discuss data breach at office of personnel management again who did it and what did they take. We talk about other podcast network Anthony Cumia, TWIT, Gavin Mcinnes and Art Bell. ARRL Field Day starts June 27 and 28. Windows 10 flag now on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 how it works and how to enroll. Lync replaced Skype some office 365 users loose out unfortunately. Join Me Today As I Respond to Your Calls and Discuss… LastPass hacked Data Breach At Office of Personnel Management Again New Site Design Gavin Mcinnes and Anthony Cumia Periscope App ARRL Field Day Art Bell Live Stream Windows 10 Flag on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Skype For Business Bug Bounties for companies Jessica Jones New Netflix Series Netflix Ads Spotify Running Remember to be on a show like this one just pick up your phone and call (570) 630-0744. The best way to improve your chances of being on the air is ask your question or make your point up front, then provide details. Sponsors For Todays Show.. Iron Edison