Following, yesterday's announcement of retiring Windows Live Messenger to favor Skype, Microsoft today launches a new Skype online Platform for small businesses dubbed Skype in the workspace (SITW), that help instantly connect with potential customers, partners and suppliers across the globe.
The SITW already has a active community of 500 businesses, since past six-month of beta trial, and is offering more than 140 different services, to sign up, try out and test the platform.
"SITW makes use of the huge network already offered by Skype, and will provide a central hub for entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses to connect with experts, coaches and consultants who can help them develop their businesses," Microsoft stated.
"Users join the community using their existing Skype accounts, then through a series of promotional tools can create public "offers" or "opportunities" inviting community members to live sessions on Skype to demonstrate services or products to a wider audience. Users can also book appointments with potential customers or suppliers and keep track of them with a meeting notification service. When an opportunity is over, users can instantly give testimonials on the product or service offered," Microsoft added.
SITW is available to all users here.