Microsoft announced the availability of three technical previews today that form a part of Skype for Business, one of which allows for mass video calling across the Web.
Although you’ll need to be an Office 365 enterprise subscriber to test it, you can now register for access to Skype Meeting Broadcast – a largely device-agnostic video conferencing tool for ‘town hall’ type meetings with up to 10,000 participants.
Aside of Skype Meeting Broadcast, enterprise users can now register for PSTN Conferencing, which lets people dial into a Skype for Business meeting in Office 365 from a landline or mobile. This option is only available in the US currently.
Rounding off the new technical previews is Cloud PBX with PSTN Calling, which lets business users make and receive phone calls via Skype for Business, with the addition of features like hold, resume, forward and transfer. This feature is also US-only, for now.
End-users can’t actually sign up for the trials though, so you’ll need to badger your system administrator to register if you’re interested.
➤ Announcing preview of new Skype for Business services in Office 365 [Office Blogs via Venture Beat]