Skype logo official microsoft

Just three months ago, Microsoft’s Skype for Business Cloud PBX, the company is expanding its feature list with a host of new telephony functions.

This is the first major expansion for Skype for Business, offering more robust features to the service that gives Office 365 users a more enhanced voice and meeting experience.

Microsoft has launched numerous new expansions for the service, including support for hybrid deployments, meeting room solutions, and improvements to the unified reporting, management and analytics.

It is quite an extensive changelog considering Skype for Business Cloud PBX has only been around for a few months, but it is a welcome expansion nonetheless.

Dial-in conferencing can now be purchased for Office 365 in an additional 17 countries, starting March 1. The new nations added for the feature are Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia and South Korea.

PSTN Conferencing is now available in a total of 32 regions, with customers able to utilize a flat rate at a per-user and per-month pricing model. The PSTN services include dial-in numbers in 60 nations and Microsoft says this will expand to 100 by June.

From April, the Cloud Connector Edition of Skype for Business Server will be made widely available, allowing users to connect phone numbers from a carrier of their choice to Office 365. The cloud PBX feature will debut in April, with the ability for automated speech recognition powered business calls in Office 365.

Skype for Business PSTN will be previewed outside of the United States starting in May, with users in the United Kingdom getting number acquisition and assignment, inbound and outbound calling, voicemail, and more. Enhancements to the Skype Meeting experience will allow voice and cloud video conferencing through Office 365.

Microsoft also unveiled Project Rigel, which is a new Skype Meeting service that the company developed on Microsoft Surface Hub, which will turn any room with a screen or projector into a Skype Meeting space. The new service will allow users to control the screen with the use of a Windows 10 Mobile device.

SOURCE: Microsoft Office Blog