Microsoft and AT&T have inked an exclusive deal that bundles collaboration apps for enterprises. The duo of tech titans are calling their new solution AT&T Mobile Office Suite. The collection of apps gives enterprise users the ability to use their AT&T mobile devices for voice, video and cloud related services.
Since business end users are constantly looking for methods to collaborate on the go, AT&T and Microsoft’s new partnership provides popular productivity apps at a low, predictable monthly rate. Using the cloud, AT&T can help businesses connect their users with each other in order to get work accomplished rapidly. AT&T has promised that businesses will get enhanced services over its consumer product line ups. For example, AT&T mentions that adopters of this service will receive “Highly-secure access to voice calls, email, calendars, instant messaging, HD video conferencing, desktop sharing, file sharing and more.”
Organizations that use AT&T and Microsoft to mobilize their office will receive full functionality out of the Microsoft Office 365 offering. Microsoft’s award winning cloud based office productivity suite will now be available by default for those who utilize AT&T’s SME bundle.
With Office 365, users will enjoy familiar applications such Lync, Exchange, Powerpoint, Excel, Word, Outlook and OneDrive. These applications aren’t only available on mobile devices; business users can view the web-based versions of these apps from any desktop or laptop computer.
AT&T and Microsoft provide users with the ability to receive phone calls using Microsoft Lync. The Click to Call functionality inside of Lync allows you to place or receive international phone calls while you are in the USA. The telephony functionality of Lync allows end users to send or receive calls from landlines, wireless, Skype and Lync.
AT&T’s offering is manufacturer agnostic. While AT&T offers the Nokia Lumia lineup of Windows Phones, these tools work seamlessly on Android and iOS operating systems. AT&T’s press release mentions that the company is committed to providing 24/7 support as well as integration and data migration support.
Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO, AT&T Mobile & Business Solutions, was quoted as saying, “Microsoft and AT&T are creating powerful opportunities for small and midsized businesses to leverage collaboration technology that was once out of their reach; We’re bringing together our leading cloud, mobility and software assets to create an integrated solution that’s easy, affordable, highly-secure and backed by the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network.”