Microsoft Partners with Polycom to Reintroduce Skype for Business

    With all the means available for communication within and outside an enterprise, it may be hard to keep track of the essential things—emails, texts, appointments, meetings, and the like—that need to be done. To help businesses optimize their workflow, Microsoft recently reintroduced Skype for Business in a launch done in partnership with video- and voice-collaboration technology firm Polycom.

    “Today, enterprise organizations in the Philippines are in for a digital disruption,” said Christian Lim, office marketing business group lead for Microsoft Philippines. “As the workforce and the consumer markets become more digital, there is a need for flexible, rich communications, and a reinvented productivity solution that will usher in a new modern workplace”.

    The brand’s “New World of Work” survey revealed that most modern employees undertake a highly mobile role and use various devices to communicate with their peers. Skype for Business allows this diverse range of devices to work seamlessly without the need for an expensive system overhaul.

    “We understand there is an undeniable demand for communication that transcends time zones and geographies,” said Lim. “The evolution of communication through technology has greatly impacted the workplace and we want to help equip businesses with products that will empower them to do more in a mobile-first, cloud first world.”

    Skype for Business enables voice-only and video calls with up to 250 people, whether they are on the platform or not. It’s also integrated with Microsoft’s productivity suite from Outlook to the Cloud for hassle-free conference calls. Additionally, it synergizes well with legacy systems such as local landlines and cellphone numbers.

    Further boosting Skype for Business’ capabilities is Polycom’s lineup of cloud-based video interoperability products. With native support for Microsoft’s unified communication tool, Polycom’s devices feature audiovisual solutions for long distance collaboration and meeting room setups.

    “Our 12-year partnership with Microsoft delivered industry-leading collaboration solutions to our end users,” said Peter Leav, chief executive officer of Polycom. “Together, we equip our customers of all sizes with cloud-ready solutions that will help them realize the powerful benefits of collaboration in the workplace of the future.”

    “Answering the urgent need for unified communications, we simplified Skype for Business’ design and created a common user experience that is both accessible to people and fitting to their devices,” said Eileen Ong, small and midmarket solutions and partners (SMS&P) director for Microsoft Philippines. “And with the present day’s threat to privacy, we employed measures to ensure reliability and security in our services, we assure our customers that they can put their whole attention into the conversation worry-free.”

    “We at Microsoft, underline our mission to empower people to do more by pushing further toward advancement, to which we believe there is only one way—forward,” added Ong.

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