Skype for Business Online will soon support PSTN integration and will allow Office 365 users to call local and mobile phone numbers directly from their Skype for Business client. This is a very long awaited feature for business decision makers inside organizations, since till now the enterprise voice capability was not present for Lync Online users.
Integrating Skype for Business Online with PSTN will be also a great benefit for small and mid-size businesses since this will allow them to decommission all phone hardware and they will able to use the same services at a probably smaller cost.
This means Office 365 can be used for all your conversations — written, audio and video. The Office 365 Skype for Business voice and video services are based on an intelligent real time network, spanning Microsoft’s global datacenters, to deliver secure, high quality voice and video traffic at the speed of light across the globe. Some of Microsoft’s strategic partners are AT&T, BT, Colt, Equinix, Level 3 Communications, Orange Business Services, TATA Communications, Telstra, Verizon and Vodafone. All of them will deliver direct connections to Office 365 Skype for Business customers through Azure ExpressRoute for Office 365.
In a further announcement, Microsoft informed us today that they have extended their collaboration with Polycom. Polycom will deliver a new series of solutions called Polycom RoundTable, purpose-built for Skype for Business. The first new device in this new offering is the Polycom RoundTable 100. Designed for small-to-midsized businesses (SMB) and teams, and expected to be offered at a price point of around $1,000. RoundTable 100 is an incredibly simple, yet powerful, device that requires no IT assistance and provides customers the opportunity to experience Skype for Business in small meeting spaces. Additionally, the video devices in the Polycom CX series of products—the CX5100, CX5500 and CX8000—will also become part of the Polycom RoundTable series of products. Together, this series of products serve as another important step in delivering the Skype for Business experience to meeting rooms across businesses of all sizes. In addition, Polycom’s VVX business media phones will be the first phones to support PSTN calling in Office 365.
This is some really great news!