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Microsoft 365 customers are getting a new service plan known as “Teams Phone with Calling Plan”. This brings components of Microsoft Teams into Business Voice. Speaking of which, Microsoft is streamlining the purchasing process by consolidating M365 Business Voice and Enterprise subscription tiers.

The company says this brings “enterprise-grade capabilities” to its small and medium business (SMB) customers. With Teams Phone with Calling, users get a telephone service that functions on the cloud that allows them to tap into the PSTN (public switched telephone network).

This will mean available calls from mobile phones and landlines directly in Microsoft Teams. Yes, this is an element already available in Skype, but it seems Teams is further transition to replace Skype in the long term. Microsoft says nothing official on that point, but it seems obvious.

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In a blog post announcement, the company says Microsoft Teams Phone with Calling is a new SMB solution to simplify communication:

“Teams Phone with Calling Plan is an all-in-one communication solution that helps SMBs reduce costs and simplify operations. It brings together calling, chat, meetings, and collaboration into a single app, enabling users to make phone calls from anywhere, on any device—including computers, smart phones, desk phones, and meeting rooms. It combines essential telephony components: A phone system and domestic calling plan, into a single package.”

Coming Soon

Microsoft’s new Teams with Calling Plan is not available yet. It will launch in 33 markets through partners from Jan. 1, 2022. Organizations in the US, UK, and Canada will be able to buy plans from the official Microsoft 365 site, starting on January 3. A worldwide rollout should be complete by the middle of next year.

The plan is available for “Microsoft 365 Business Basic, Business Standard, Business Premium, F1, F3, E3, A3 and Office 365 F1, F3, E1, E3, A1, A3” licenses.

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