Josh Condie – If you have customers still using on-premises Office installs, or maybe they’ve only subscribed to Office 365 ProPlus for just the Office Clients via the cloud, then here is a nice, easy way to tempt them into a subscription upgrade (Business Premium, E3, E5, etc.). The real-time communications experience combined with the convenience and integration with Office, makes Skype for Business a powerful up-selling tool for those customers that just won’t budge with the cloud. And you can’t beat free!
Introducing Free Skype Meetings (original Office Team post from Andrew Sinclair)
We’re pleased to introduce free Skype Meetings—a new online meetings tool that provides small businesses with real-time audio and HD video conferencing. Skype Meetings includes collaboration features like the ability to share screens and content during meetings.
Anyone in the U.S. with a business email address and whose organization doesn’t already have Office 365 can sign up for free Skype Meetings at www.skype.com/meetings. Once you sign up, you can set up meetings for up to 10 people for the first 60 days and up to 3 people thereafter. All you need is a device with an Internet browser, a microphone, speaker and camera, which are included on many devices.
If you have an Office 365 business subscription that includes Skype for Business, then you already have richer online meetings capabilities, such as the ability to conduct large group meetings for up to 250 people and the ability to IM anyone in your organization at any time—not just during meetings. In addition, Skype for Business is integrated with other Office 365 apps to enable you to do things like schedule a Skype meeting from your Outlook calendar, see your colleagues’ presence, and initiate an IM or start an audio or video conversation within apps like Outlook, Word and PowerPoint.
Start a free meeting today at go.skype.com/meetings.