Misconception(s) about Skype for Business Voice

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As communication landscapes and collaborative tools continue to evolve and transform the way we work, there’s a lot to think about when choosing the correct platform for you and your organization. When considering your next solution, it won’t take long to notice that Microsoft Skype for Business is leading the way in the professional communication work space. Looking past the typical Microsoft applications everyone is familiar with (Word, Excel, SharePoint, PowerPoint, etc.), this blog will focus on the licensing of and one large misconception people have with Skype for Business Voice. Below is a summary of the licenses needed to achieve Voice in the Cloud. Please note: these costs are based on a per user/month, annual commitment model. There are two PSTN calling options—domestic and international. For more information on both, please contact PEI at 303-786-7474.

Option 1:

Skype for Business Online Plan 2$5.50
PSTN Conferencing$4.00
Cloud PBX$8.00
Voicemail$8.00
PSTN Calling (Domestic Only)$12.00
Total per month$37.50

Option 2, Microsoft E3 with add-ons:

E3 License$20.00
PSTN Conferencing$4.00
Cloud PBX$8.00
PSTN Calling (Domestic Only)$12.00
Total per month$44.00

Option 3, Microsoft E5 with add-ons:

E5 License$35.00
PSTN Calling (Domestic Only)$12.00
Total per month$47.00

Now this may look simple enough, but there’s one misconception that I need to clarify. I wish I could say it’s as easy as buying the licenses, turning on your computer, and entering a license key—it’s not! Depending on extenuating circumstances, the implementation process can take time and can be costly depending on your environment. But, DO NOT let that discourage you. PEI has successfully deployed thousands of seats and works closely with clients to ensure the solution is working and the employees adopt the solution as quickly as possible. For lack of better word, our clients realize a ROI almost instantly. For more information or assistance from the Microsoft Gold Partners at PEI, please call us immediately!

Matt Dixon, PEI

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