Telstra Calling for Office 365 announced for mid-2018 Australia launch

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Telstra, Australia’s largest telecommunications company, has just signed a major deal with Microsoft that will allow them to be the exclusive service provider for Office 365’s phone call functionality.

The company will be launching a new product called, Telstra Calling for Office 365, in the middle of this year which will allow clients to make traditional telephone calls from within Office 365 apps such as Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams. Telstra Calling for Office 365 is said to be a standalone product, not bundled with any other Telstra service.

“Launching a product like this caters for, not just the large enterprises, but more importantly the hundreds and hundreds of thousands of Australian organisations that will need to re-plumb and rewire their communications and collaborations environment ahead of a number of things changing in the market like the NBN,” said Telstra’s executive director of global products, Michelle Bendschneider, in an interview with the Financial Review. “We’re going after opportunity that is close to the core of the business we know and understand deeply, but also embraces technology that is close to the type of business that we know how to serve really, really well.”