Office 365 is introducing E5 Sku starting Dec 1

This is the big news story this year for Office 365. This is going to be the deal changer I suspect in many Office 365 vs. On Premise debates. One of the long standing arguments to keep on premise hardware was that Office 365 didn’t offer voice. This is changing with Office 365 E5. Let’s look at what we know.

E5 Facts

  1. The E5 pkan will be replacing the E4 plan
  2. The big change is increased Skype for Business support including Cloud PBX and Meeting Broadcast
  3. Power BI Pro
  4. Delve Organizational Analytics
  5. Advanced features such as
    1. eDiscovery
    2. Customer LockBox
    3. Safe attachments

The game changers in my eyes are Cloud PBX and Meeting Broadcast.

What is Cloud PBX?

Until now if you wanted Enterprise Voice with Skype for Business, that is PSTN support (ability to call phone numbers) you required some Lync/Skype for Business infrastructure or some kind of Hybrid Solution like Audio Codes offers With Cloud PBX, Microsoft will allow you to port your number to Office 365 and integrate PSTN calling with Lync/Skype for Business Online. This change alone means that enterprise voice is no longer a barrier for companies to keep on site infrastructure.

What is Meeting Broadcast?

Skype for Business meetings has not killed Go to meeting or other large meeting types. Skype for Business Online is introducing a new feature Skype Meeting Broadcast. This will allow you to schedule a meeting for up to 10,000 attendees and offer much more traditional roles for users to manage.

This is a very interesting time for the on premise vs. in the cloud argument, and Microsoft is doing ALOT to provide answers to those arguments.




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