Black Friday in July?

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).

Quick Guide to Microsoft Exchange Online UM OptionsThe 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

Resources

News & Analysis

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AVST Live!

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

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