Potential dream PBX - Skype for Business

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[one_half last="no" spacing="yes" center_content="no" hide_on_mobile="no" background_color="" background_image="" background_repeat="no-repeat" background_position="left top" border_size="0px" border_color="" border_style="solid" padding="" margin_top="" margin_bottom="" animation_type="" animation_direction="" animation_speed="0.1" class="" id=""][fusion_text]Skype Lync merger[/fusion_text][/one_half][one_fourth last="no" spacing="yes" center_content="no" hide_on_mobile="no" background_color="" background_image="" background_repeat="no-repeat" background_position="left top" border_size="0px" border_color="" border_style="" padding="" margin_top="" margin_bottom="" animation_type="" animation_direction="" animation_speed="0.1" class="" id=""][/one_fourth][one_fourth last="yes" spacing="yes" center_content="no" hide_on_mobile="no" background_color="" background_image="" background_repeat="no-repeat" background_position="left top" border_size="0px" border_color="" border_style="" padding="" margin_top="" margin_bottom="" animation_type="" animation_direction="" animation_speed="0.1" class="" id=""][/one_fourth][fusion_text]This week Office Mechanics gave a demo for the upcoming Skype for Business which has been in preview since the Office 2016 preview became available.  Initially I was just excited for the rebranding simply because I knew it would bring a tighter integration between Lync and Skype, mainly video chatting between streams.  Aside from that, I selfishly despised the fact that there were two accounts needed in the enterprise, one for your Office 365 account and Lync, then a second tied to an MS ID in order to use Skype.  Having Lync rebranded to Skype for business eliminates both of those. Secondly in my dealings with multiple PBX vendors over the year I always wanted to see an easier connection between Lync and the PBX.  All though there were PBX vendors that allowed integration, either natively or with third party hardware, the configuration always seemed to provide some complexity that was difficult to feel secure with.  Additionally there always seemed to be some sort of trade off with functionality on either side.  From what has been gathered or mentioned so far, this should resolve many of those issues.

The last thing I hope to hear more about is desktop phones.  Natively we can't just remove physical phones from the desktop, I'm interested to see if it's going to stick with the Lync PBX integration model, or if there is going to be easier configuration for any SIP compatible desktop phone.[/fusion_text][fusion_text]

Update!

So it appears the dream has come true.  It's been hard to find out more information regarding the where, when who or what, however it is called Office 365 Skype for Business with PTSN.

It's my understanding that those with an E-4 license will be able to use this service.  That being said, not sure who the providers are going to be for the SIP Trunking. My Instinct is it's going to be those that are part of the Azure Express route.

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Update

Microsoft Releases Preview program: http://nooch.co/1Itbcg7[/fusion_text]