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November 09, 2012

Skype Launches Online Networking Platform for Small Businesses

By Ashok Bindra, TMCnet Contributor

Since its launch in 2003, VoIP specialist Skype (News - Alert) has been growing at a rapid rate. From homes to classrooms, it is being used by millions to talk, chat, discus, collaborate and share resources. Now, the Microsoft (News - Alert)-owned VoIP company is taking the concept to the workplace.

With the launch of Skype in the Workspace (SITW), Skype is aiming to help small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) connect with business partners around the globe. In fact, according to a report posted on The Next Web site, SITW is geared towards offering an online networking platform for communicating with customers and other partners globally.

eWeek reported that new Skype tool was launched after it was beta tested for six months by 500 businesses, offering more than 140 different services. This report indicates that businesses can join the community using their existing Skype accounts. Then to demonstrate Skype services to a wider audience, they can create a public offering by inviting community members to live sessions.

In a statement, Ural Cebeci, head of SMB marketing at Skype, said, “We aim to connect millions of small businesses with Skype in the workspace and believe that by taking advantage of this shared network, businesses can develop the range of tools they need to grow, regardless of location or industry. From the designer in San Francisco looking to source textile suppliers in Thailand, to the London consultant connecting with clients in Milan, the possibilities are endless.”

The Skype executive thinks that good communications and connections will enable SMBs to survive and grow in what is still a tough economic climate.

Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli
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