Skype for Business is now Microsoft Teams

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Microsoft announced its vision of Intelligent Communications at its Ignite 2017 event in September. Intelligent Communications will see the migration of voice and chat moving from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams. What does this mean for your organization?

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Is it time to look at Skype for Business and Cloud PBX?

Is it time to look at Skype for Business and Cloud PBX

It may be time to cut the figurative strings tying you to your traditional PBX. Is it also time to cut your legacy public switched telephone network (PSTN) provider?

Strong communications capabilities are as essential to business success as the people using them.

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Why businesses aren’t adopting key features of Skype for Business and Lync

Why businesses aren't adopting key features of Skype for Business and Lync

When I was growing up, I absolutely loved my Swiss Army knife. I brought that little red package of magic with me everywhere, especially on camping trips. After a while though, the little plastic toothpick fell out of its slot and was lost for good. Then, same strange thing happened with the tweezers. And another time the spring-hinge snapped out of the little scissors, making them useless.

All of which didn’t mean a thing to me: the knife part was still good. As long as the knife was on it there was no problem. In fact, I don’t even know why they included all those ‘other’ features – all I ever wanted was the knife.

Skype for Business is like that Swiss Army knife.

People are buying a bundle of features, but they’re hardly using any of them. What’s worse, they are not even using the knife, they are using the tweezers (Majority of users are not using video conferencing but rather instant massaging feature).

Not only are companies spending money on unused tools, it’s also seriously hindering their chances at driving real change and results through modern communication & collaboration suite.

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The benefits of moving to Windows 8.1 Pro for Business today

The benefits of moving to Windows 8.1 Pro for business today

According to Forrester Research, 80 percent of workers do at least some work outside the office. This is confirmed by a study from AMI Partners, which found that 55% of small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) now support a mobile workforce, a number that continues to grow as they play catch up on this growing trend to perform work functions in more than one location. Employees may use a desktop at headquarters, a laptop at home, and a tablet or smartphone while on the move.

And that’s what Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro is all about. It has the power to transform any business by unleashing its full mobility potential. This business-class operating system operates on a range of devices to fit any need, desire or budget. This includes 2-in-1s, all-in-ones, tablets, laptops and PCs. No matter what devices the business already has in-house, and what devices employees use remotely, Windows 8.1 Pro will be able to run on virtually all of them.

So why is now a good time to upgrade? Read on and find out.

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Skype for Business is Replacing Microsoft Lync. Here’s What You Need to Know.

Skype for Business is Replacing Microsoft Lync. Here's What You Need to Know

Just one month after releasing a technical preview, Microsoft made available the new Skype for Business client and Skype for Business Online, its planned replacements for Microsoft Lync.

In general, this migration should be relatively painless for most organizations. With support for Active Directory, call encryption, and all the essential enterprise class controls of Lync being ported over to the more user friendly Skype interface, it’s a great mashup of two popular apps, and is seen as a welcome change by the Softchoice team.

While it’s good to know what changes to expect, it’s also good to know what your options are. Even the slightest disruption to your workforce means bad news. Read on for advice on how to ensure that doesn’t happen.

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