AT&T Expands Audio Conferencing with Skype for Business

AT&T announced last week that it will be offering global conferencing through Skype for Business in the coming months. The announcement was made in a blog post by Abhi Ingle, SVP of Big Data & Advanced Business Solutions.

The collaboration makes AT&T one of the first major U.S. service providers to integrate audio conferencing into a Skype for Business environment, enabling conferencing services to more than 140 countries. AT&T will also continue to provide global audio conferencing to its customers using Microsoft Lync.

AT&T will offers its service with several options, including for customers that

  • have purchased Skype for Business directly from Microsoft or third parties,
  • choose to use AT&T to host and manage Skype for Business environments,
  • host and manage Skype for Business in their own data centers, and / or
  • use Office 365 by add the service as part of AT&T Mobile Office Suite.

The service will allow businesses to:

  • create virtual meetings with up to 1,000 participants;
  • use dial-in, dial-out and VoIP options in one conference;
  • connect external partners, international associates, mobile workers and other teams;
  • transition from an instant messaging chat or email thread to an international call; and
  • use Skype for Business’s instant messaging, screen sharing and email integration tools.

Ingle noted that AT&T will “continue to team with Microsoft on a number of unified communications solutions. AT&T Global Conferencing with Skype for Business, currently known to AT&T hosted services customers as Microsoft Lync, will be available later this quarter. AT&T Global Conferencing is now available on our AT&T hosted version of Microsoft Lync.”

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