Skype has tweaked its business voice over IP software, to make it easier to install and administer.
Skype for Business can now be easily installed on multiple computers using the Windows Installer package (commonly known as MSI), giving IT administrators greater control over how Skype communications traffic runs across their corporate networks.
Also, an online control panel enables companies to allocate individual users with Skype credits that can be used to make cheap SkypeOut calls to traditional landline phones or mobiles.
The control panel also provides a consolidated view of what is being spent by users. Skype is also developing other features with partner companies.
Called Extras, these include the Convenos web conference and collaboration service, a package called Unyte which enables users to share the view off their PC desktop, and a Skype-enabled call-centre offering from ACD.
These Extras will be available to firms soon. Skype says 30% of its 171 million registered users are business users.
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