Black Friday in July?
There has been a disturbance in the Force this holiday season as IT managers become aware of Microsoft’s discontinuation of support for existing SBCs to connect 3rd party PBX systems to Exchange Online Unified Messaging (UM).
The official Microsoft announcement included July 2018 as the date of discontinuation, less than seven months away. Many organizations are now looking at their options: purchase more Microsoft licenses or find a secure alternate UM solution to connect their existing on-premise PBX phone systems – Avaya, Cisco, etc. – to Office 365.
The Clock is Ticking
Are you waiting too long? Hoping for some sort of Black Friday sale at the final hour?
Microsoft is headed to the cloud. Microsoft’s customers are following, but they’re not all able to move at Microsoft’s pace. Beware of being caught in the crush of too many institutions, organizations and businesses trying to deploy a last minute solution to this looming issue.
To help, AVST has assembled a list of resources, news and analysis on the impending change. These resources provide clarity on who will be affected by the change and your options. Don’t wait for a July 2018 Black Friday frenzy to address this issue if you’re affected. Beat the deadline with time to spare.
Alternatives for Microsoft Exchange Online Unified Messaging with 3rd Party PBXs
- Download our quick guide to understanding your Microsoft Exchange Online UM Options
- Video Explaining the Challenges Raised by the Discontinuation of Support
- Read AVST’s Press Release
- Download AVST’s 7 Steps to Unified Messaging Success
- Download AVST’s Unified Messaging Checklist
- Download AVST’s Case Study on the University of Washington
- Read Microsoft’s Technical Blog Post: Discontinuation of Support
News & Analysis
- NEW: Download Redmond Media’s Preparing for Exchange Online UM Changes
- AVST Answers the Call for Microsoft Exchange UM at BC Strategies
- Microsoft Discontinues Third-Party PBX Integration – What It Could Mean For You at UCStrategies
- AVST Offers Help for Organizations Facing Microsoft’s Unified Messaging Deadline at Redmond Magazine
- Reflections on the Recent Microsoft Exchange Online UM Announcement on LinkedIn
- AVST Answers the Call for Microsoft Exchange UM at CLP Central
- Microsoft Announces Discontinuation of Support for Session Border Controllers in Exchange Online Unified Messaging at Practical 365
- Discontinuation of Session Border Controllers in O365 and Why You Should Care at Expta Consulting
- Microsoft Discontinues SBC Support for PBX at Supanet
- Microsoft Dropping Support for PBX Connections Using SBCs at Redmond Channel Partner
Microsoft Gold Communications and Messaging Competencies
AVST is proud to be a member of the Microsoft Partner ecosystem, holding Gold Communications and Messaging Competencies for CX-E. These competencies distinguish AVST as being within the top 1% of the Microsoft Partner ecosystem.
If Skype for Business is part of your Microsoft strategy, we hope you’ll join us for our next webinar, Enhance Skype for Business with Essential UC Applications, on December 13, 10:00 AM Pacific / 1:00 PM Eastern. Topics to be covered include:
- Secure Voice/Unified Messaging
- Call Center Application
- Complex Call Routing/Automated Attendant
- Mobile Client
If you aren’t able to join us live, archived versions of AVST Live! are available online.