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Matt Scherocman

Cloud PBX vs On Premises PBX: Things You Should Consider

Cloud PBX vs On Premises PBX: Things You Should Consider

The move to a cloud-based hosted PBX from a traditional on premises PBX is growing as more businesses recognize the value of having a phone system built on cloud technology rather than circuit switching. But if you are considering making the move, you still have important choices to make. Do you go with an in-house PBX system or instead opt for a hosted PBX solution? There are pros and cons to each so here are some things to consider as you work through your decision-making process.

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Matt Scherocman

Is Skype for Business Cloud PBX the Right Choice for Your Organization?

Is Skype for Business Cloud PBX the Right Choice for Your Organization?

The move to cloud-based voice solutions for business communications has been underway for years and Microsoft has joined the party with its Skype for Business Cloud PBX offering. While there are many cloud PBX systems on the market, Microsoft's Cloud PBX provides the added benefit of complete integration with the familiar Office 365 suite. This can be a powerful advantage when you are looking to implement a major phone system change.

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Matt Scherocman

The Best Apps for Staying Productive While Traveling

The Best Apps for Staying Productive While Traveling

We are a technology company that works with clients all over the Midwest, including Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Michigan. Travel is a natural part of our business flow; therefore, we have adopted some proven applications and services that help us stay productive and less stressed while on the road and in the air.

Stay Productive Everywhere

Office 365 + Skype for Business Phone System

It’s no secret that we’re big advocates of Office 365, but we’re also Office 365 users, and it’s the main reason our team can stay productive when they’re outside of the office (whether it’s traveling, working from home, or accessing information from a client site). Having access to our emails, files and Office programs in the cloud allows us access to anything we need from any device, as long as it’s connected to the internet.

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Matt Scherocman

The Next Generation of Skype for Business for Mac Clients Has Arrived

The Next Generation of Skype for Business for Mac Clients Has Arrived

The next generation of Skype for Business for Mac has arrived. Here’s everything you need to know to get up and running and realize instant gains in productivity, security, and communication efficiency.

Skype for Business on Mac gives users the same powerful features Windows users are currently experiencing. Mac users can utilize HD audio and video conferencing with up to 250 people, conduct polls, schedule meetings, and use online versions of Office 365 applications.

Skype for Business Mac

Lync Server Users Are Welcome

The new client will work with both Skype for Business Online, Skype for Business 2015 and Lync 2013. 

Anonymous Joining Through the Skype for Business Web App

As a meeting organizer, you can invite anyone who can connect to the Skype for Business web application. Attendees can join anonymously regardless of operating system.

System Requirements

Skype for Business on Mac clients requires OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)  or OS X 10.12 (Sierra). In order to take advantage of Outlook integration, Mac build 15.27 is required. Skype for Business supports the new Skype for Business Server 2015 or existing Lync Server 2013. Schedules, contacts, and meetings in Lync 2013 will all carry over to Skype for Business.

Download Skype for Business today. If you are ready to move to Skype for Business Online or looking to upgrade on premises, Interlink can help. Contact us.  

Aaron Seals

New Skype Teams Application Promises to Pick Up the Slack!

New Skype Teams Application Promises to Pick Up the Slack!

Microsoft is reportedly going one-on-one with Slack...

and the outcome is looking promising for both dedicated Slack and Microsoft users.

With Slack recently announcing the addition of video and voice chat to its team messaging and content management platform, Microsoft appears to already have put in motion the development of a new messaging application, Skype Teams.

Microsoft plans to use the existing features of Skype for Business to provide additional value for large and small teams, newsrooms, and other organizations that need the ability to communicate efficiently and share files. Migrating Slack users will be able to harness the existing powerful features of Skype along with the new channel messaging functionality Skype Teams will offer.


According to MSPowerUser, Skype Teams will include all of the tools Slack users are familiar with, including:

  • Dedicated team channels
  • Private messaging groups
  • Cross channel and private channel file sharing


However, the real value added by Skype Teams is how Microsoft plans to build on top of the existing Skype platform. One of the coolest new potential features is the addition of Threaded Conversations. With the simple click of a “reply” button, Skype Teams users will be able to respond to a conversation. Slack currently does not offer this to its user base.

Users will also be able to start voice and video chats within shared and private channels.

In May, Microsoft released an overhauled, mobile-friendly version of its existing content and document management platform, SharePoint. Microsoft SharePoint offers individuals, teams, and organizations the same content management tools as Slack.

Though Microsoft has not officially announced Skype Teams as part of its Microsoft Office services suite, if rumors are true, the additions to the already widely used Skype will be welcomed by those seeking a more functional group communications platform.

Skype Teams is shaping up to be a messaging app that makes content management and organizational collaboration a more efficient process than competitors offer. And as always, expect seamless integration with other Microsoft Office apps.


Want to learn more?

We can help you figure out which collaboration tools you should use when! We may also have more information that we can share, but only if you have a Microsoft Non-disclosure Agreement in place. 

Contact Interlink to learn more about Skype Teams.  

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