Telstra and Microsoft have partnered to deliver managed enterprise voice services to Office 365 customers, available from today.Under the partnership, the two companies will also “co-develop solutions unique to the Australian market”.
Microsoft states that “the partnership means Australian businesses can have the full scope of Office 365 cloud productivity and collaboration apps, video conferencing and meeting broadcast capabilities, along with Telstra’s voice services”, which are delivered either in the cloud or at customers’ premises.
Under the partnership, Skype for Business delivered in Office 365 will be paired with Telstra-provided managed voice services and network assessments.
“Our partnership with Telstra will build on our objective to bring workplace communication into the modern era, by putting meetings and voice at the heart of Office 365,” Giovanni Mezgec, Microsoft general manager, Office 365 partners, commented.
“The option to integrate voice services will bring enhanced value to the millions of users enjoying Office 365 cloud services in Australia.”
Gianpaolo Carraro, Telstra director global applications, global products, stated the two companies “have joined forces to enable modern communications for Australian enterprises – designed for a connected world where employees work anywhere, anytime and on any device”.
“When you combine this partnership, our core network and mobility capabilities, and our recent acquisitions of Kloud and Readify, we can provide customers with truly unique employee productivity solutions, designed specifically for their requirements,” Carraro commented.
Telstra acquired Australian application development and software-focused consulting and managed services provider Readify in July, stating at the time that it would provide further scope for it to “drive digital transformation for its enterprise customers in domestic and global markets”.
Telstra executive director global enterprise and services Michelle Bendschneider stated at the time that the acquisition would complement Telstra’s acquisition of cloud migration provider Kloud.