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Matt Scherocman

Transform Your Business with Skype for Business...and Save $$$

Transform Your Business with Skype for Business...and Save $$$

Like most businesses, your environment is ever-changing, and keeping up with all the new and constantly updating software applications and devices can get quite cumbersome. It often detracts focus from larger, or more critical, business projects and agendas. These changes are happening so frequently that many businesses are investing some of their dollars in to communications. Whether it’s a chat solution, video conferencing system or some other files sharing application, you’re most likely in the same ball park. This is where many businesses fail to adequately determine actual business requirements and establish some level of governance and standardization, which often leads to IT having to manage multiple platforms or applications to support end users. I’m sure you don’t want to negatively impact your IT staff’s productivity either.  

Skype for Business is a simple and affordable option. Yes, that’s right. You heard me correctly. Skype for Business is not just a video chat tool anymore, as it now offers instant communication via phone call, video, conferencing, screen share, file sharing, and provides users flexibility and efficiency to work from their PC, laptop or mobile device.

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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

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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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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Matt Scherocman

Kickle - Economic, Simple, and Flexible Skype for Business video conferencing

Kickle - Economic, Simple, and Flexible Skype for Business video conferencing

Kickle offers big video conferencing functionality for small conference rooms at a small cost.

 

Kickle is a compact device that connects to any screen or projector and turns it into a video conferencing system. It’s based on Skype for Business (Lync) software and is compatible with Skype for Business and Lync.The creation of Kickle was inspired by a client who was looking for a simple room based solution based on Lync (now Skype for Business) technology. It can transform any screen into a video conference system simply and in a cost effective manner. You can utilize the resources you already have and make your smaller spaces more useful.

 

Product Information

 

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Kickle allows for simplicity.

 

Kickle consists of FOUR appliances:

  • HD webcam - wide-angle lens
  • Kickle Box – essentially a small form factor PC which can be hidden and controls the experience in the room
  • Desktop Microphone - Omni directional microphone used for flawless sound quality.
  • USB sharing cable - connects to the computer to enable document sharing.  

Place the webcam on your chosen display device, place the Kickle appliance behind it, and utilize Skype for Business to have remote meetings in a smart, efficient way.

Packages start at $3000 per room.

 

Kickle allows for flexibility.

 

You can even scan a QR code with your smartphone, which generates an email automatically that you can send to your attendees. Or in 3 clicks, you can schedule a meeting from your computer. In addition, you are able to send the whiteboard content through email to all the attendees or save it on a USB.

 

The unit price is starting from $3000 including the following set-up.                 

Have questions about Kickle or are looking to see a demonstration? Contact us here or at 800-900-1150.

http://www.Kickleforskype.com/

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Welcome to the Interlink Cloud Blog

All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. The owner of this blog makes no representations or warranties regarding the information from our partners or other external sources.