Microsoft launches Skype service for small businesses

As Microsoft expands the scope of its Skype VoIP services, the company is also trying to move Skype into being used by more businesses and organizations. Today, Microsoft announced the official launch of what it is calling Skype in the workspace, a free service which is being designed specifically for small businesses and startups.

In a post on the official Skype blog, one of the division's Product Marketing Managers, Ural Cebeci, talks about how Skype in the workspace, well, works:

For new startups, Skype in the workspace offers up a whole range of experts and consultants who are on hand to provide best practice and guidance for getting your idea off the ground. As a first step, click 'add a service' and create an offer to publicly demonstrate your services. We'll look to help the right members discover your business, but at the same time we'll get busy promoting your page via other social media platforms!

Small businesses that are better established can also use Skype in the workspace to connect to hundreds of other organizations to help promote their product or services and then get an instant evaluation by those businesses. The company tested this new Skype service out for the past six month in a closed beta period with 500 businesses before today's official launch.

Source: Skype blog | Image via Microsoft

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nohone said,
More Cisco whining in 3, 2, ...

Cisco, the same company that was logging and tracking your internet history on their routers before the public backlash, is now championing open standards. that's rich.

It does not "replace" Lync. Lync is a more full featured business solution than Skype. If you are a small business (ex. sole proprietor), I do believe some of the upcoming Office 365 subscriptions will leverage Skype instead of Lync.

richardsim7 said,
So is this to replace Lync? Please tell me it's to replace Lync!

Lync is great (besides not being able to hide offline contacts and take control in desktop sharing often goes crazy).