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September 21, 2016
UK's Clear Cloud Now Offers Skype for Business PBX
By Casey Houser
Microsoft (News - Alert) has offered its Lync communications software to businesses for many years. Now that software has transformed in name and feature set to Skype for Business, it is even more capable of handling all of a business’s internal and outgoing communications needs.
One of its newest incarnations, the Skype for Business Cloud PBX (News - Alert), can replace an existing system on any client’s premise for as little at $2 per user. TMC (News - Alert) notes that the use of a Skype PBX could be a natural shift for many businesses that already use Microsoft tools for many other tasks and may already have Skype (News - Alert) used in other places throughout their workdays. This natural transition is what Clear Cloud Services, an IT services provider in the UK, can use to boost its new support of the Microsoft PBX.
Clear Cloud noted this month that the Skype PBX is ready to hit the UK market after finding success at U.S. operations. Clear Cloud has become one of the initial service providers ready to distribute the new product that could save business money by completely replacing their existing infrastructure, said Matthew Balf, a director at the UK company
“Microsoft’s Skype for Business Cloud PBX is a flexible solution that allows business owners to keep in touch with their colleagues and employees in a way that gives them so much more freedom,” Balf said. “Not only can they maintain their productivity in any place and at any time, but Skype for Business Cloud PBX allows them to take advantage of significant cost savings by replacing their legacy phone systems with a much less expensive digital solution.”
One of the most appealing features of a Skype PBX setup is its support for encrypted messaging. It allows users to make phone calls or send Web-based text messages that are revealed only to the intended recipient. This makes it attractive to businesses that are burdened by industry regulations and which may have their customers’ privacy in mind. Skype offers voice calling, videoconferencing, and messaging as standard features. Add-ons to the original feature list should also make it possible for businesses to add call logging and recording to their capabilities.
Skype for Business has been projected to reach 100 million users by 2018 if it continues its current growth path. This growth is riding on the wings of Skype’s integration with Office 365 installations, and it is reaching for more users with new features like the PBX. Balf called this a “win all around for companies;” he exclaimed his excitement to now offer this product to UK businesses. With Skype’s global presence continually reaching new heights, there is no reason he and his colleagues should not be elated.
Edited by Alicia Young
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