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8×8 Launches 8×8 Contact Center for Microsoft Teams

New 8×8 Cloud Solution Allows Organizations to Seamlessly Integrate Customer Engagement and Global Telephony Capabilities with Microsoft Teams

8×8, Inc. (NYSE: EGHT), a leading integrated cloud communications platform, today announced the availability of 8×8 Contact Center for Microsoft Teams, which is certified to integrate with Microsoft Teams. The 8×8 cloud contact center and communications product delivers an easy-to-administer, integrated customer engagement and global telephony direct routing solution that allows employees and contact center agents to interact with customers from any Teams endpoint.

“Organizations are rapidly adopting Microsoft Teams for all their employee collaboration requirements, and now recognize the importance of integrating it with the contact center to enhance customer experience,” said Dejan Deklich, Chief Product Officer at 8×8, Inc. “8×8 Contact Center for Microsoft Teams enables IT and service leaders to seamlessly embed customer engagement with global voice communications into Teams workflows to gain deeper insights across all interactions. This helps organizations meet their unique business requirements, allowing employees and customers to stay productive and engaged from anywhere.”

8×8 Contact Center for Microsoft Teams offers omnichannel contact center functionality that is fully integrated with Teams. The solution makes it easy to boost agent performance, simplify customer engagement workflows, and ignite collaboration across the organization. 8×8 Contact Center for Microsoft Teams allows sales, service and support agents to quickly connect and collaborate with other Teams-enabled experts, and resolve customer issues faster.

“Organizations have turned to Microsoft Teams to help solve their most critical collaboration and telephony needs, so integrating advanced contact center capabilities into their communication hub is a natural next step,” said Daniel Canning, Director, Microsoft Teams at Microsoft. “We are pleased to see 8×8 successfully complete the contact center certification process, providing their customers with a reliable integration with Teams, empowering their employees and contact center agents to connect with customers and provide a seamless experience.”

“Our digital transformation agenda is about using the very best technology solutions to deliver essential services to the community, responding to changes in how we work and the nature of interactions between our employees and citizens,” said Alison Hughes, Assistant Director ICT of Liverpool City Council. “8×8’s cloud contact center and communications product empowers both our contact center agents and employees to seamlessly collaborate and connect through the certified integration with Microsoft Teams. This enables our staff to work together to provide the vital services our local residents and businesses require while working from anywhere.”

According to the “Workplace Collaboration 2021-22 Research Study” from Metrigy Research, 70.4 percent of organizations adopting Microsoft Teams are using direct routing to connect to the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN). With 8×8 Contact Center for Microsoft Teams, contact center agents, knowledge workers and supervisors can make and receive PSTN calls using the Teams app as the preferred endpoint. Key features allow organizations to:

  • Accept incoming contact center calls in Teams, empowering agents to manage customer interactions, and capture call details and key metrics.
  • Gain rich contact center insights with full reporting and analytics into call quality, performance metrics, activity history, and speech analytics.
  • Use 8×8 Call Recording to support regulatory compliance.
  • Integrate out-of-the-box with more than 25 third-party business applications, such as Salesforce, Zendesk, NetSuite and Microsoft Dynamics 365, to automatically log all calls with the ability to attach details, recordings and speech analytics to any customer record.
  • Operate worldwide with global calling plans in 42 countries across six continents including unlimited calling to up to 47 countries.

8×8 Contact Center for Microsoft Teams is now available at the Microsoft AppSource as a solution certified for Microsoft Teams.

8×8 Webinar

Learn more about the Top Microsoft Teams Trends in 2021 in the 8×8 webinar.

8×8 and Gartner Magic Quadrant

Recently, 8×8 was named a Leader in the 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications as a Service, Worldwide1. This is the ninth consecutive year 8×8 has been recognized as a Leader in this report. 8×8 was also recognized as a Challenger in the 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Contact Center as a Service2.

[1] Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications as a Service, Worldwide, Rafael Benitez, Megan Fernandez, Daniel O’Connell, Christopher Trueman, Pankil Sheith, November 12, 2020. This Magic Quadrant report name has changed from 2015 onwards- 2015-2020: Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications as a Service, Worldwide, 2014: Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications as a Service, North America With Additional Regional Presence, 2012-2013: Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications as a Service, North America.

[2] Gartner Magic Quadrant for Contact Center as a Service, Steve Blood, Drew Kraus, Pri Rathnayake, November 9, 2020.

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