Microsoft previews enterprise video conferencing on Skype

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Microsoft previews enterprise video conferencing on Skype

Microsoft is expanding the enterprise capabilities of Skype for Business to make the popular video-conferencing platform a more ubiquitous tool in the workplace.

Last week, the software giant initiated a tech preview of new meeting and voice-calling capabilities integrated into Office 365. Enterprise customers can register to preview the new functions, which include a broadcast mode, called Skype Meeting Broadcast, which allows up to 10,000 users to watch a Skype meeting through their browsers.

The other functions allow users in the US to dial in to a Skype meeting through a traditional telephone, or to make or receive phone calls through the Skype client on their computer.

Zig Serafin, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Skype for Business team, said in a Microsoft blog: "These new capabilities will enhance the existing Skype for Business experience, and allow us to offer a complete, enterprise-grade communications solution at global scale as part of Office 365."

Serafin also said that Microsoft's strategic partners -- AT&T, BT, Colt, Equinix, Level 3 Communications, Orange Business Services, TATA Communications, Telstra, Verizon and Vodafone -- would begin offering direct connections to Office 365 Skype for Business later in the year through Azure ExpressRoute for Office 365, Microsoft's dedicated networking service.

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