CallTower Continues to Invest in Skype for Business for Companies with Less than 500 Users

CallTower is a Native Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams Solutions Provider

October 4, 2018

CallTower's Native Skype for Business Solution

South Jordan, UT and Boston, MA – CallTower Inc., a global leader in delivering cloud-based enterprise-class unified communications and collaboration solutions, was present at Microsoft Ignite 2018, in Orlando, Florida, when Microsoft made a major announcement regarding the support of Office 365 communication solutions.

Microsoft issued a statement about the new direction of Skype for Business Online, outlining the following changes:   

  • Starting October 1, 2018, Microsoft will stop companies with fewer than 500 employees from joining Skype for Business Online, instead offering Microsoft Teams 
  • Microsoft is already initiating upgrades from Skype for Business Online to Microsoft Teams for existing small business clients 
  • Microsoft will set the deadline for retiring Skype for Business Online in the near future 

This announcement has been anticipated since last year’s Ignite Event when Microsoft announced that Teams would eventually replace Skype for Business Online. Many companies are in a transition period running both solutions in sync. The interoperability at this time is not robust and many companies have not embraced Microsoft Teams as their primary communications and collaboration solution.

With Microsoft’s latest announcement, many Skype for Business customers are concerned that their primary communication solutions will lose support or cease to function. CallTower remains committed to delivering full support for both Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams with key integrations. CallTower’s certified Microsoft engineers design customized solutions to simplify business communication technologies. CallTower’s highly trained 24/7/365 US-based client representatives ensure users are fully supported. CallTower will roll out Skype for Business Server 2019 Edition to sustain native ongoing support of Skype.

“We continue to be a strategic Microsoft solution provider and will support Skype for Business users today and with the release of Skype 2019,” said CallTower Chief Revenue Officer, William Rubio. “We are excited at the opportunity to service customers with their transition to a private cloud Skype solution, fully supported by CallTower for many years to come.” 

About CallTower

CallTower exists to enable people to easily connect to transact business communications. Since its inception in 2002, CallTower has become a leading provider of cloud-based, enterprise-class Unified Communications solutions for growing organizations worldwide. CallTower provides, integrates and supports industry-leading, cloud-based, Unified Communications and Collaboration solutions, including Cisco® Unified Communications Manager, Microsoft® Skype for Business, CT Cloud, CT Cloud Boost, Office 365 and Zoom Video Communications for business customers. 

CallTower enhances our clients’ strategic and operational capabilities by integrating VoIP service, mobile applications, email hosting, unified messaging, instant messaging, audio, web and video conferencing, collaboration tools, contact center, cloud services and global networks solutions into one reliable platform.

For more information contact marketing@calltower.com 

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