Skype Replaces Business Control Panel with Skype Manager

Posted by at 2:32 pm on May 20, 2010

Skype today announced the launch of Skype Manager, a web-based management tool that enables businesses to achieve greater communications flexibility, cost savings and control over the use of Skype in their organization. Skype Manager replaces Skype’s Business Control Panel, which was originally developed to provide small and mid-size businesses the ability to organize Skype usage among their employees.

“We looked at how Skype is being used in the workplace and specifically designed Skype Manager to make it easier for businesses to centrally manage how Skype is used, managed and paid for by an organization”

Skype Manager incorporates a centralized payment system and real-time analysis and reporting capabilities. It also gives companies the ability to manage Skype user accounts across an organization and assign Skype features through an administration dashboard.

Key Features

  • Skype usage within a company can be centralized. The company’s Skype administrator can set up as many individual Skype accounts as required for its employees and create additional accounts as needed.
  • Skype Credit can be purchased and allocated by the administrator, who also assigns features to users, such as online numbers, subscriptions, voice mail and other options.
  • Renewal of Skype Credit and subscriptions can be automated.
  • The flexible reporting dashboard enables real-time analysis of Skype usage across the organization, as well as monthly spending reports, at company, department or individual employee level.

Skype Manager can also be used to quickly and easily set up and manage Skype for SIP, a solution available today in Beta for connecting a company’s existing SIP-enabled PBX to Skype.

Skype Manager is being offered as a free trial until the end of October 2010. Skype for SIP is currently available in Open Beta to all businesses.

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