polycom-logoRecently, Polycom announced their integration of its HD voice and video technology into Microsoft’s Teams. Aside from this integration, Polycom also introduced two new audiovisual solutions, Polycom RealConnect Hybrid and Polycom Microsoft Skype Room System.

microsoftPolycom has a long-standing partnership with Microsoft and they are dedicated to supporting Microsoft customers in all stages of their collaboration which include Skype for Business, Office 365, and Microsoft Teams.

“We are pleased to partner with Polycom to integrate their core voice and video devices with the Microsoft Teams platform.  Microsoft Teams and solutions like Polycom MSR and Polycom RealPresence Group Series will be a powerful combination for customers that need high-quality collaboration experiences.” – Bob Davis, CVP, Skype Business Services & Office Product Group Customer Experience at Microsoft

Back in September 2017, Microsoft officials announced that they are planning to roll Skype for Business users to its Microsoft Teams group-chat service. Yesterday, Microsoft revealed some more details about this migration plan, which is expected to happen in the second quarter of 2018. Let’s take a look:microsoft

Microsoft will supplement the existing group chat capabilities in Teams with additional features such as screen sharing and federation between companies.

For team meetings, in addition to the chat history and audio conferencing preview features that offered by Teams, Microsoft plans to add meeting room support with Skype Room Systems and cloud video interoperability to allow a third-party to connect to Team meetings.

SKYPEAlso, more calling capabilities will be seen such as the ability to use existing lines to activate calling services in Office 365.

Recently, Polycom announced their integration of its HD voice and video technology into Microsoft’s Teams which shows their long-standing partnership with Microsoft and their dedicated support for Microsoft customers.

To have more information about Skype for Business, visit our site here!

October 3rd, 2017 – AudioCodes, a leading provider of voice networking solutions, announced their new solution expansions and enhancements for Skype for Business hybrid deployments.audiocode

The expansions and enhancements of AudioCodes One Voice for Skype for Business include IP Phones and room solutions, management capabilities, Microsoft Exchange Online Unified Messaging integration, call recording and CloudBond 365 hybrid and Cloud Connector Edition (CCE) solutions.

The comprehensive suite of voice solutions, products and service is now enhanced with IP Phones and room solutions, AudioCodes X-UM Solution, CloudBond 365, Once Voice Operation Center, Call recording with SmartTAP and other value-added applications.

Read more information here. This is another great breakthrough and integration for AudioCodes. We are thrilled to see more Skype for Business customers benefit from their enhanced solutions!

image-skyeSept. 27, 2017 – Microsoft announced at the big Ignite conference in Orlando that Microsoft Teams will replace Skype for Business soon.skype-for-business

The Teams will become a one-stop-shop in Office 365 for all of your conferencing need and  it will be covering features including making inbound and outbound calls to PSTN numbers, call transfers and voicemail. Teams meetings now have audio conferencing capabilities which allows you to join a meeting simply by dialing a phone number.

For more information, visit Microsoft Teams.

Not sure what that might affect your business? Call one of our VoIP Experts at 1-800-398-8647 and talk to them about more stable service options.

Are you using Skype for Business? Good news! Yamaha announced that their YVC-1000MS UC Microphone & Speaker System has now been certified with Skype for Business. This certification will ensure a seamless interoperation with Skype for Business applications.SKYPE

The Yamaha YVC-1000 is the latest UC communications device from Yamaha. It provides the best quality and most realistic sound, with volume levels up to 95dB. It also provides the user with HVAD (Human Voice Activity Detection) capabilities by filtering out noise automatically and only allowing for the human voices to be heard.

The YVC-1000 supports diverse connectivity in multiple ways:yvc1000

  • USB to PC – to support web conferencing
  • Bluetooth to Smartphone – to support teleconferencing
  • Audio In/Out to the Video Conference System – to support video conferencing

We are so excited to see that the YVC-1000MS made another milestone to become a truly easy-to-use solution!

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The days of having to listen to your voicemails are gone and now more than ever, people are “reading” their voicemails.

It’s not a surprise to see Skype for Business (Lync) add new features. But what’s exciting is that, this time, the new feature will benefit almost everyone from small local businesses to international enterprise. Let’s check it out!

What does Voicemail Transcript do?

Voicemail Transcript automatically transcribes all incoming voicemails and delivers the text version together with the audio file to your inbox.

How does Voicemail Transcript help?

  • No more missing time-sensitive voicemails: Always miss important voicemails when you are outside somewhere noisy or not able to listen to the voicemails? You can now just read the text message without having to play the audio recording.
  • No need to write down a phone number: When someone leaves you a phone number via voicemail, the transcript writes it down for you automatically.
  • Hearing impairment is not a problem: For some that have difficulty listening to a voicemail due to hearing impairment, the transcript will come in handy to communicate in a timely manner.
  • Instant translation of foreign languages: Voicemail Transcript transcribes messages in the following languages (for the most recent list, click here)
    • Chinese
    • English
    • French
    • German
    • Italian
    • Portuguese
    • Spanish

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Some of the hosted service providers in our CloudSpan MarketPlace have had this type of feature for a while now and our customers just love it. If Skype for Business doesn’t work for you, check out the CloudSpan MarketPlace and let us do the rest! Call our VoIP experts today at 1-800-398-8647 to learn more!

skype4bSkype for Business is nothing new to small businesses looking for a basic VoIP system with extremely low rates. You may already know the basic capabilities of Skype for Business such as video/audio calls, instant messages, and file sharing. However, Skype for Business can so a lot more than just that! It also covers a wide range of useful business features that many businesses use every day. Let’s check it out!

7 Skype for Business Features You Won’t Want to Miss

#1 Microsoft Office Suite includes the latest Office applications for your PC and Mac. The suite covers Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and more. You can easily format or edit information with the right tools and create documents during a meeting.

#2 Click to Join online meetings. With just a touch or click on your screen, you can host online meetings with audio and/ or video over the Internet.
#3 PSTN Conferencing allows employees to attend meetings using a standard traditional telephone. Simply dial a local access number from a landline or dial out from a meeting to add in others.

#4 Meeting Broadcast provides the tools necessary to plan and produce large virtual meetings for up to 10, 000 attendees. Meetings include real-time polling and sentiment tracking. (Very useful for big announcements!)

#5 Modern Voice with Cloud PBX enables enterprises to switch from the old PBX systems to the Cloud system, where Office 365 can handle all of the communication management duties under one roof. Make, receive, and transfer calls anywhere without using a traditional phone system.

#6 Advanced Information Protection: The data loss prevention (DLP) and encryption, both protect your important information across Exchange Online, Skype for Business, and SharePoint Online. This will keep your content safe in the email, IM and meetings, and team sites.

#7 Analytics Tools includes live dashboards and interactive reports where non-technical users can visualize and analyze data efficiently. This feature gives you organizational insights based on information across Office 365.

See more features here!

Have questions about Skype for Business? Look for the best Skype for Business Equipment? Call one of our VoIP experts at 1-800-398-VoIP.

skype 4bApril 21st, 2017 – Microsoft released the April update for Skype for Business on Mac. Currently, Mac users are provided with features such as one-click to join, edge-to-edge video, and full-screen sharing. This April, Microsoft brings more improvements to support File Sharing during a chat for Office 365, and other advanced features include:

  • The video preview and button for answering calls via a notification
  • Users who receive calls from Delegate on behalf of Delegator will now be able to see the call made on behalf of Delegator
  • The contact names are sorted out alphabetically
  • Users are properly informed their meeting join request has been denied when trying to join multiple times
  • Fixed additional Exchange connections

Visit Microsoft’s website to learn more about the updates. Are you using Skype for Business on Mac? Have your improvement requests been heard?

skype 4bAre you a Skype for Business (SFB) user but not using SFB-optimized IP phones? Then, you are really missing out!

Using a SFB optimized VoIP phone can not only increase your call quality, but also make your work more effective and efficient. In this multi-media world, communication is more than just talking on the phone. Outlook integration, Instant Message, Voicemail and Videomail are just some of the useful features countless professionals are benefiting from using an optimized IP phone.

So, follow us to explore the best SFB-optimized IP phones that can give you a better communication experience!

 

The Polycom VVX600

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The Polycom VVX600 is one of the most popular options for Skype for Business users. Built with executives and managers in mind, the VVX600 features a 4.3” gesture based, multi-touch cable capacitive touchscreen LCD display. This powerful solution comes with the capabilities to manage Microsoft Exchange Calendars, receive meeting reminders/ alters, access the corporate directory and Instant Messaging/presence status, etc. With the web-based, intuitive configuration tool, users can deploy and manage the system easily and quickly. Click here to download the Polycom VVX 600 Datasheet.

Core Features:

  • 16 line registrations
  • 4.3in LCD gesture based, multi-touch capable capacitive touchscreen
  • Voicemail and video mail support
  • Dual USB ports (2.0 compliant) for media and storage applications
  • Dedicated RJ-9 headset port with EHS support
  • Two-port Gigabit Ethernet switch

 

The Mitel MiVoice 6725mitel-6725

Choose the Mitel MiVoice 6725 if you are looking for a full featured IP phone optimized for use with Skype for Business. The MiVoice 6725, a certified Skype for Business compatible VoIP phone, offers full color 3.5” LCD screen and a separate Unified Communications (UC) presence icon for direct access to features and presence indications in Lync. Its exceptional voice quality allows you to hear and be heard clearly. Professionals love its easy integration with Lync destop, Outlook calendar, contact, click to dial and much more!

Popular Features and Functions of Mitel MiVoice 6725:

  • Embedded Microsoft Lync 2010 Phone Edition Software
  • Color Screen
  • Dual Gigabit Ethernet ports
  • Direct desktop integration
  • Personal presence indicator
  • USB interfaces
  • Speakerphone

 

The Snom D725

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The last but not the least is the Snom D725. Coming with 12 identities and 18 two-color multi-purpose LED keys, the Snom D725 is a flexible Skype for Business certified solution designed for busy multi-taskers just like you. If is a Gigabit VoIP phone that offers wideband HD audio, PoE, USB port and more. The D7 expansion module and the 18 programmable keys give users the highest flexibility to meet their business needs. Access to the Snom D725 datasheet. Watch the product video below to learn more!

The Snom D725 Features and Functions:

  • 4-line B/W display
  • 18 LED function keys
  • 12 SIP identities
  • Wideband audio
  • Hands-free operation
  • Power over Ethernet (PoE)

What kind of IP phone are you using for your Skype for Business? What’s your experience? Visit our website or contact one of our VoIP experts at 1-800-398-VoIP to learn more Skype for Business optimized IP phone options today.

SKYPE Whether you are a current Skype user or you are just about to step into the Skype world, you may have already experienced or heard a lot of complaints about not being about to get Skype to function smoothly during the calls.

In the blog: Improve Skype for Business Audio/Video Quality, we discussed the top factors that affect your Skype call quality. Choosing an ideal Skype-optimized phone is the first step to building a satisfactory Skype call experience.

Here we highlight the best Skype ready phones at VoIP Supply that will take your communication to the next level!

 

What are the Best Skype Ready Phones?

grandstream-gxv-3240The Grandstream GXV 3240 is one of the most popular Skype phones that is designed for all size companies and Android smartphone users. It is a 6-line multimedia Gigabit VoIP video phone that comes with a 3-way video conferencing, a tiltable CMOS camera and HD audio/ voice.

Combined the functionality of a multimedia platform with a 6-line video phone for an all-in-one voice, video, data, and mobility solution, the Grandstream GXV 3240 is the most powerful solution for users connecting from different channels.

Popular Features:

  • 6 lines with up to 6 SIP accounts including FREE IPVideoTalk account with video mail
  • Phonebook with up to 1000 contacts and call history with up to 1000 records
  • Up to 6-way audio conference and 3-way video conference
  • Dual switched auto-sensing 10/100/1000 Mbps network ports
  • Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n), PoE+, Bluetooth, USB, SD, HDMI, EHS with Plantronics headsets support

 

Snom MeetingPointThe Konftel 300 Conference Phone

If you are looking for a solution that allows you to set up multi-party calls easily and quality, the Konftel 300 Conference Phone will fit in just right. With the Konftel 300, you can easily combine or switch between connections to analog lines, mobile phones, or PCs at the drop of a hat.

Covering an area of up to 323 feet (or 10 people), the Konftel 300 also enables wireless headsets and external loudspeakers/ microphones connection to ensure that you hear and are being heard loud and clear.

Popular Features:

  • A new generation of OmniSound audio technology
  • USB connection for VoIP calls
  • The line mode makes it easy for you to combine and switch between connectivity technologies (analog, USB, GSM)
  • The conference guide makes it easy to set up multiparty calls
  • Record and listen to your meetings with an SD memory card.

 

The Polycom VVX 500 MS Skype for Business Edition is another great choice for people who are searching for a dependable, multi-tasking business media phone that can keep you up with your busy work schedule.

polycom-vvx500The Polycom VVX 500 is a Lync-licensed 12 SIP line IP phone with HD Voice featuring a 3.5 inch TFT color touchscreen, 2 USB 2.0 ports for multiple media uses and storage applications. Users benefit from useful functionalities such as managing exchange calendars and contacts on the phone, meeting reminders and extend PC desktop to include the VVX 500’s phone screen to increase work efficiency.

Popular Features:

  • Gesture-based, multitouch-capable, capacitive touchscreen
  • 3.5-in TFT LCD display at QVGA (320×240 pixel) resolution, 4:3 aspect ratio
  • Streaming media video playback
  • Screensaver and digital picture frame mode
  • On-screen virtual keyboard
  • Voicemail and video mail support
  • Dual USB ports (2.0 compliant) for media and storage applications

See More Skype Phones!