Skype formally announced the launch of Skype Connect 1.0 (formely Skype for SIP).
Straight out of beta, Skype Connect delivers a solution that enables IP-enabled private branch exchange (PBX) or Unified Communications (UC) systems to connect to Skype. With nearly 2500 active global customers, it is certainly poised to be a viable option for small and medium sized businesses.
Skype Connect users are able to make outbound calls from their desktop phones to landlines and mobile devices at a per-minute calling rate, and receive inbound calls from Skype connected users by placing the Click & Call buttons on websites. Users will also be able to receive calls from landlines or mobile phones in the corporate PBX using Skype’s online numbers (purchased separately).
“Our team’s goal is to empower businesses of all sizes and types with rich communications tools to unleash their productivity, while reducing their telecommunications costs. Following Skype Manager’s launch in May, we are very proud to add Skype Connect to our list of specially designed enterprise solutions. Skype Connect seeks to enable our customers to reduce their phone bills, while protecting their investment in existing telecommunications equipment,” said David Gurlé, VP and general manager of Skype for Business.