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Air IT launches new telephone system for Microsoft Teams

Air IT launches new telephone system for Microsoft Teams

Managed IT and communications provider Air IT has announced the launch of its new cloud-based unified communications solution, Teams Talk for Microsoft Teams.

During lockdown, companies quickly turned to cloud-based collaboration tools such as Microsoft Teams to connect workers and enable more efficient remote working.

However, when businesses had to adapt to remote working overnight, many experienced the shortcomings of their traditional on-premise telephony systems which left them unable to make outbound calls or receive incoming enquiries.

Lee Johnson, Chief Technology Officer at Air IT, explained: “For most SMEs, lockdown has been their first introduction to remote and flexible working, which has led to increased adoption of cloud-based applications such as Microsoft Teams.

"But while Teams has helped organisations overcome internal communication and collaboration challenges, many have experienced the limitations of traditional, on-premise phone systems and call infrastructure which offers no way to make or receive external calls outside the physical business premises.

“With Teams Talk, we are bridging this gap with a modern and flexible way for businesses to communicate and collaborate, both internally and externally. As well as increasing mobility and enabling businesses to avoid disruption, Teams Talk delivers a truly unified communications experience.

"By connecting people to all their communication and collaboration tools within a single platform, staff can enjoy the freedom to work from anywhere at any time through the increasingly popular Microsoft Teams application.”

Although Microsoft already provides its own solution for external calling within Microsoft Teams, many businesses have chosen to keep their telephony separate due to its limited feature-set and basic phone system functionality. Being backed by Air IT’s VoIP telephony service, Teams Talk, provides the same capabilities as a traditional phone system including PCI compliant call recording and reporting.

With hybrid solutions for office based and remote workers, plus no on-site infrastructure required, it can also help businesses lower costs and simplify operations. 

Lee added: "As well as improving overall mobility and flexibility, replacing traditional business phone systems with a solution such as Air IT’s Hosted Voice and Teams Talk can help SMEs streamline operations, reduce costs and modernise their telephony, transforming their business for the new era of remote

“And since many businesses already have access to Teams as part of their existing Microsoft 365 subscription, introducing Teams Talk as a business telephony solution is more affordable than you may think. With deployment and configuration carried out remotely, it can also be set up with no
need to visit site.”

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