Accelerate transition to hybrid work 

Microsoft announced a set of new capabilities in Microsoft 365, Teams, and Microsoft Viva to help our customers succeed in the new hybrid work era.  

These product announcements include Fluid components coming later this year in Teams, Outlook, OneNote, and Whiteboard; enhancements to Microsoft Teams Rooms and meeting experiences; an updated Whiteboard experience; and new personal wellbeing features coming in Microsoft Viva Insights, including Headspace guided meditations, a focus mode, and quiet time settings. 

Many companies need to adapt to the new working environment and here is where Microsoft lends a helping hand with a variety of products that help employees give their best. Audio Conferencing in Microsoft 365 and Office 365 enables users to call in to meetings from their phones. Audio Conferencing allows up to 250 phone attendees.  Calling in (dialing in) to meetings is very useful for users who are on the road and can't attend a meeting using Microsoft Teams app on their laptops or mobile devices. Same goes for poor Internet connection, audio-only meetings etc. You only need to set up Audio Conferencing for people who plan to schedule or lead meetings. Meeting attendees who dial in don't need any licenses assigned to them or other setup.  

Microsoft 365 Business Voice makes it easy for small and medium organizations to turn Microsoft Teams into a powerful and flexible telephone system. It's a replacement for traditional telephony providers and in-house phone systems that can be difficult and costly to manage. You can set up both toll and toll-free numbers, call menus to help callers get to the right department, audio conferencing so you can host meetings with anyone, and more. You can even give people their own phone numbers so they can get calls directly.Calls to other Microsoft Teams users are free, but if you want your users to be able to call regular phones, and you don't already have a service provider to make voice calls, you need to buy a Calling Plan. 

Whatever physical spaces you have, Microsoft Teams Rooms devices can transform them into a flexible, inclusive meeting room. There is a critical need for smart devices to help run meetings efficiently and effectively. Empower all your people to work together seamlessly - from anywhere. Microsoft Teams Rooms connects your employees to high-spec meeting spaces in your office – even when they’re not in the room.  

As customers are making critical decisions today around hybrid workplace solutions, we have several promotional deals that they can leverage to accelerate their transition to hybrid work:   

  • Enterprise Agreement (EA) customers can get Audio Conferencing for no cost until the end of their enrollment. * 

  • Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) customers can get Audio Conferencing for no cost for one year. * 

  • CSP customers can also get 25 percent off Microsoft 365 Business Voice with Calling Plan and 33 percent off Microsoft 365 Business Voice without Calling Plan for one year.

  • EA and CSP customers can get 30 percent off Microsoft Teams Rooms Standard and Microsoft Teams Rooms Premium licenses. ** 

* This offer is available now through December 31, 2021 

**This offer is available now through December 31, 2021 and enables clients to get more value by bundling different services. 

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