Microsoft rolls out Skype for Business in Malaysia
By Digital News Asia May 19, 2015
- Says it combines familiar Skype experience with Microsoft’s enterprise-grade security
- Integrated with MS-Office, allowing users to start conversations in Office apps
MICROSOFT Malaysia has launched the new Skype for Business, saying the communications and collaboration tool will help businesses reinvent the way people communicate in the modern workplace.
Skype for Business features include instant messaging, voice, video calls, online meetings and even presence – knowing when your contact is available to chat or not, the company said in a statement.
Referring to today’s younger workforce, Microsoft Malaysia chief marketing and operations officer Rukmani Subramanian said that “… the right tool for this era comes in the form of socially networked communications.”
“Skype for Business plays an integral role as it’s the right tool for people to connect freely and seamlessly, which is at the core of our mission to reinvent productivity – to get everyone and every organisation to do more and to achieve more,” she added.
As the dynamics of where people work change, so will the dynamics of how they meet, Microsoft Malaysia said. People should be able to communicate and collaborate without borders or barriers.
Microsoft Lync simplified and unified all of the different tools people use to communicate for work, the company said. Meanwhile, Skype broke down the distance barrier by bringing people together from all over the world.
More than 350 million people use Skype to connect with friends and family, Microsoft Malaysia said. Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft Corp acquired the Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) company in 2011 for US$8.5 billion.
Lync has now evolved to Skype for Business, which is also integrated with its Microsoft Office productivity suite, enabling coworkers to instantly do work – see their contacts’ online statuses, schedule meetings in Outlook, take notes in OneNote, and start conversations from Office apps.
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