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Yealink T46G and T48G certified for use with Skype for Business Online

Yealink has announced that the Yealink T46G SFB and T48G SFB have now been certified by Microsoft for use on the Skype for Business Online Service platform.

“Gaining accreditation for Skype for Business Online Service can only strengthen the case for adoption of Yealink handsets,” commented Yealink UK’s Skype for Business Product Specialist, Brett Kershaw. “Access to PSTN conferencing creates an effective and affordable dial-in conference service whilst the cloud PBX enables simple integration with PC, Mac and mobile devices.”

The other models in the Yealink’s T4x Skype for Business range are currently undergoing accreditation testing. These are expected to be certified by Microsoft for use on the online platform within the next few weeks.

Both the T46G SFB and T48G SFB feature large colour displays these executive level phones, offer Gigabit Ethernet connectivity and advanced features such as Outlook calendar synchronisation and meeting join functionality.


3CX Announce Skype for Business Integration


Did you know 3CX can now be integrated with Skype for Business Windows clients? Thanks to 3CX’s new integration announcement, licenses can now be easily deployed for Skype for Business users.

What does this mean?

The new integration announcement means Skype for Business users can now dial out via 3CX from their Skype for Business Windows client. With a simple 3-step installation process, the new 3CX plugin is designed to work with the Windows client for both hosted or Office 365 users and comes free of charge with any Pro or Enterprise licenses.

For more information please see 3CX’s website.

Still to become a 3CX Partner?

To register to become a 3CX partner, simply complete their online registration form – don’t forget to select ProVu as your preferred distributor!

Snom phones support for Office365 (Lync Online)

With growing interest in MS Lync, more people are moving to Lync online(Office 365) to benefit from the Microsoft feature rich platform. Some people think it’s a good investment and some think its not. Well I shall leave it to people to decide.

Coming back to the original subject, we are being asked if Snom Lync firmware supports Lync Online or not. The short answer at the moment is No. We understand all the customers requesting Lync Online (Office 365) support in Snom UC edition. The main challenge for Snom devices/development is a new additional login mechanism. To login to O365, Snom need to implement a new OrgID authentication method in their Lync firmware. By the way: in on-premise or Hosted-Edition deployments of Lync Server there is no such additional login using OrgID Authentication. Support for OrgID is on Snom’s roadmap, but an ETA is not available. We hope for the beginning of next year.

Personally, I expect that when we have O365 supported Snom firmware, clients will start requesting Lync On-Premise feature-set, that Snom as a device vendor wont be able to deliver(this may change). In other words OrgID support will be a resolution causing new “challenges”.

Please note: clients requesting phone support in O365 should carefully have a look on the O365 Plans (P1,P2,..,E1,E3,.. etc.) as only E4 support phone/pbx features/PSTN break out’s. E4 plan costs £17.75 per user per month. For the small organisation it’s reasonable but when you start adding more people to the system the cost increases to a level where it would be better to have an on-premises Lync device. Sangoma has recently introduced a Lync appliance that allows O365 integration along with a built-in VoIP gateway.

Find out more information on the Sangoma NetBorder Lync Express Gateway.

Snom UC edition

Lync LogoUC = Unified Communications.

So the Snom300 and Snom821 UC editions are now `qualified for use with Microsoft Lync 2010`.

snom UC600Snom have also launched the UC600. A USB phone which is `optimized for Microsoft Lync`.

For full details on the announcement, see the full UC release.

If you want to place an order, contact your account manager at ProVu.

The main USP of the Snom UC edition phones is that they are a phone for Lync but also a full open standards SIP phone. This gives a few options:

  • Deploy SIP now, and upgrade to UC with Lync in the future
  • Use SIP for voice, but use Snom UC for presence. This shadow system is a very good way to migrate.

So buy the Snom UC edition to have a phone which is both a stand alone SIP phone and a UC phone for Lync. Protect your investment by buying open standards.