Skype for Business Details


Instant messaging

Messaging capabilities of Skype for Business include:

→ Instant messaging. Securely chat with co-workers in virtually any office. Help keep projects and work flowing with real-time communications, even with a distributed, mobile workforce.

→ Rich presence. Skype for Business provides immediate, visual availability indicators of colleagues’ ability to chat, showing if contacts are “available,” “away”, “busy”, and more. Presence is automatically updated based on your Outlook calendar, and is displayed across all Microsoft Office applications.

→ Screen sharing*. Share documents and applications to help communicate ideas faster and help complete work more efficiently.

→ Group chat. Group chat combined with desktop sharing is a powerful tool to help drive information sharing across your organization, particularly with employees located in different offices.

→ Voice and video chat.* Chat sessions transition to face-to-face meetings with a single click, helping to improve collaboration.

* Requires Skype for Business Enterprise

Online Meetings

Here’s how you can use Skype for Business for virtual meetings:

→ Join or schedule online meetings. Easily schedule meetings directly from Outlook with a single-click and join meetings from anywhere on any device

→ Integrated voice and video. Catch visual and vocal cues from meeting participants, as if you are all in the same room – even if you’re around the globe

→ Desktop and application sharing. Present visuals, applications, web pages, documents, software or any part of a desktop to conference participants

→ Virtual whiteboard. Online meetings become more effective with the use of a virtual whiteboard, allowing presenters to draw, add text and highlight information with powerful and flexible annotation tools

*All virtual meeting features require Skype for Business Enterprise.

Standard vs. Enterprise: What’s the Difference?

Matrix Communications offers two versions of Skype for Business. The chart below will help you understand how the two versions compare.

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License Mobility

Microsoft’s License Mobility program makes your move to the cloud even more economical.

Historically, Microsoft didn’t allow you to use your on-premises volume licenses in the cloud. So you had to buy additional licenses to move to the cloud, making the move expensive for you.

However, Microsoft’s License Mobility program lets you deploy your current Exchange and Skype for Business licenses at a Microsoft Authorized Mobility Partner’s datacenter.

Matrix Communications Can Accept Your Licenses

As a Microsoft Authorized Mobility Partner, Matrix Communications can receive the transfer of your Exchange or Skype for Business Software Assurance licenses, letting you move to the cloud without needing to purchase additional licenses.

In return, we transfer these savings to you via a discounted per-user price on many of our plans.

Do you qualify for this program?

Microsoft’s License Mobility program is available to its Volume Licensing customers (Server and CAL licenses under Open, Select or Enterprise Agreements). Matrix Communications can accept Exchange or Skype for Business licenses when they’re covered by active Microsoft Software Assurance (SA) contracts.

If you meet these criteria, you are eligible for the discount.  If you’re not sure about the status of your SA contract, there are three ways to find out:

  1. Ask your IT or license procurement teams
  2. Contact your Microsoft representative or preferred reseller
  3. Tell us your Microsoft enrollment number so we can look it up for you on your behalf

If you would like to know more Microsoft License Mobility, visit their web site

Next steps:

→ If you’re already an Matrix Communications customer, contact your account manager to discuss transferring your licenses.

→ If you’re a new customer, request a custom quote that reflects the value of your licenses.

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