Microsoft revealed the forthcoming release of a Skype Professional Account desktop client. In the US, the launch as a preview will take place very soon.
This is a business-focused build of Skype that comes with a bunch of new features. According to Microsoft, there are only a limited number of spaces available for users to try out the preview. You can find a survey that gives you the opportunity to take part in this on the Skype Professional Account Homepage.
Skype Professional Account features
The new features include the ability to book meetings, take notes and make payments. You will be able to do all these from the comfort of a chat client. The aim is to reduce the necessary number of tools and services for anyone who is conducting an online business.
Users who are already using Skype will easily be able to port across a list of contacts. According to Microsoft, you will also be able to use each of the Skype Professional Account features in conjunction with each other. Those who are using the regular version of Skype will be able to search for business from within the application.
Microsoft also provides some examples saying that for instance, music or language teachers who work online, or professional trainers or chess instructors and any remote service provider, in general, use a combination of various platforms to organize and provide their sessions via Skype.
They might use email to arrange a Skype call, the calendar software to manage the Skype meeting schedule and another third-party provider to coordinate online payments. All these services involve a high amount of money, of course.
Skype Professional Account provides all services in a single location
What Skype Professional Account does is providing all the services listed above in a unique place. The app also comes with an improved profile page to help improve the online presence and even a dedicated website for small businesses. The contacts will be able to see valuable data such as the business offerings and the hours.
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