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Sarah Bunt

On-Demand Webinar: Office 365 - Amazing New Features You've Never Seen

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Stay up to date on Office 365's new features and functionality.

Office 365 is constantly being updated and improved. The platform’s productivity tools have proven their ability to better connect teams and simplify collaboration in the workplace. Yet, many companies are not taking advantage of all the functionality O365 has to offer – mostly because they don’t know they exist. 

In this on-demand event, Microsoft and Microsoft Cloud Consumption Partner of the Year, Interlink Cloud Advisors will show you just how to move beyond the basics of Office 365 and extend the value to your business. Both existing Office 365 and new 365 clients will benefit from this event.   

In this free interactive session, Interlink will reveal you how to get the most out of Office 365 through product overviews and live demos. You’ll also get the low down on the new E5 licensing options and Microsoft funding that is available to your company. 

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Matt Scherocman - Microsoft VTSP and #1 in the world at helping clients with Microsoft funding – will demo and explain the new features and functionality of Office 365.

Live Demos Include: 
Office 2016, Sway, Delve, Skype for Business, Office Groups, and Admin Portal

You can expect to learn about:

  • New E5 Licensing: Your options
  • Office 2016: New features
  • OneDrive Updates: Improved sync & mobile clients
  • Sway: Quickly present mobile & web friendly data
  • Delve: Unleash the power of proactive search
  • Skype for Business: New options for conferencing & telephony
  • Groups: A new level of collaboration
  • Admin Enhancements: Plus more 

If you think Office 365 was good before, you’re really going to love it now.  

Register today if you want to find out how to get the most out of Microsoft’s Office 365 for your organization.

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Matt Scherocman

What is Skype for Business?

What is Skype for Business?

In the 4th Quarter of 2014, Microsoft announced plans to rename its business communication tool Lync to Skype for Business. Lync is a tool that Microsoft has invested in for the past decade, offering a single application that combines all of the communication tools for business. It became a core part of the Office enterprise. When the latest version of Lync is released in 2015, it will be named Skype for Business and include a new server release, client interface, and updates for the UC service in Office 365.

Skype for Business

Essentially, customers will enjoy new tools and features like:

  • Access to any Skype user on any device
  • Skype’s familiar functionality icons
  • Skype’s call monitor feature so active calls stay visible when using other applications
  • Lync’s content sharing, IM, and telephony
  • Improved access and interface functionality
  • Ease of use taken from consumer Skype versions
  • Security and scalability for every business user
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Matt Scherocman

What are the Differences Between Skype for Business Basic and Full Client?

Here’s a breakdown of the differences between Lync basic and full client:  

Lync 2013 Basic is a downloadable client for customers who have a licensed, on-premises Lync Server 2013 deployment and customers who subscribe to a Microsoft Office 365 plan that does not include the full Lync 2013 client. The Lync Basic client includes enhanced presence, contacts, instant messaging (IM), Lync meetings, and basic voice functionality.

Features not supported in Lync Basic include multiparty video, OneNote integration, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) support, skill search, recording, Enterprise Voice features, and advanced call handling (for example, call forwarding and Team Call). For details, see Client Comparison Tables.

 http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg398996.aspx

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Sarah Bunt

What New Features Have Been Added to Skype for Business Mobile?

The latest release of Lync mobile includes a number of new features – first, Lync Mobile now provides the ability to view uploaded PowerPoint presentations from your Windows Phone or iOS device. While Lync Mobile has previously allowed users to view shared desktops, this new functionality allows Mobile users to view PowerPoints that have been uploaded to take advantage of functionality such as Q&AS and imbedded multimedia files.

A screenshot of the shared PowerPoint as it would be viewed from a Windows Phone is below:

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Other new features allow Windows Phone users to control Lync using voice commands. This is helpful if you, like me, often use your phone to join Lync meetings while driving. Instead of searching through your phone, now all you need to do is hold down the home key and say “Lync, join my next meeting” or “Lync, join my current meeting”. Note this added functionality is for Windows devices only.

There is also a new GUI for Lync on iOS 7 devices:

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The full press release can be found here

 

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Matt Scherocman

Skype for Business Server Licensing – A Hidden Gem

As we are working with clients on deploying Lync in their environment, there can be a number of different server roles engaged.  These can include conferencing servers, monitoring servers, front end, back end, and mediation servers.  One advantage of deploying Lync is that the current licensing rules allow for these additional software roles to be run without purchasing additional server licenses.  One suggestion, buy the Enterprise version to give yourself the most flexibility.

 From Microsoft’s Product Use Rights Guide:

Running Instances of the Additional Software.  You may run or otherwise use any number of instances of the additional software listed in the table below in physical or virtual OSEs on any number of devices.  You may use those instances only with the server software.  Use of any instance with the server software may be indirect, through other additional software, or direct.

 

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