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Skype for Business: 4 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do

Posted by Kade Herbert on Sep 28, 2017 9:47:51 AM

Laptop Work-6.jpgWe know what you probably think about Skype for Business (Skype4B). You probably think it's just the program you use when you want to communicate with people who may live in another state or another country. But Skype4B is not just the program you use when you want to have a face-to-face conversation with someone you cannot be in the same room with. There are many facets of Skype4B you probably were not aware of. When you discover what these benefits are, you will realize how powerful this tool will be for your business.

Skype And Outlook

Do you remember what it was like to chat with someone and walk away from your desk, only to have that person send you multiple messages without realizing that you are no longer there? Have you ever been so distracted with the papers that have been placed on your desk that you forgot that you were in the middle of a chat conversation?

Skype for Business PresenceNow, you can make sure this will not happen.  Skype for Business integrates with several of Office applications so that you are able to see presense of your colleagues.  The Skype4B Outlook integration delivers real-time presence updates based on the Outlook calendar settings. For example, if you have a scheduled meeting on your calendar, during that timeframe, your presense will show that you are currently in a meeting or conference. When teams utilize presence, it enables collegues to be more intune with each others current status, such as, working on an assignment, out of the office, or available to discuss an issue. 

Call Someone Else's Phone

Are you aware that you can call a landline phone without actually using a landline phone? Since you will be using a hosted Skype4B solution, you will have access to the internet, and this will enable you to make traditional domestic and international landline calls.

Sending An Invitation

When many people think about Skype for Business, they usually think that they will only be able to have an online meeting with others who use the same solution. This is incorrect. If you want to have a Skype4B online meeting with someone who does not have the solution installed on their device, you will only have to send your invited guests an email with the link to join the meeting. Recently Microsoft introduced the Skype for Business new meeting experience to enhance the experience for users who do not use the solution.

Using Your Microsoft Office Applications

Have you ever been in the middle of creating an Office 365 application, like Word, Excel, or PowerPoint and wanted to talk to someone in your team about the document? You can easily start a screen share - or impromptu meeting from within your Skype4B client to collaborate on the document together. 

If you are looking for new and improved ways to enhance collaboration in your workplace, you have to think about using Skype for Business. You will have a variety of tools and features that you can use, which will allow everyone in your workplace to be more efficient and productive on a daily basis.

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Topics: Skype for Business, Blog, Skype4B video collaboration