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3CX Phone System Gets Chatty with Instant Messaging Feature

3CX has announced a new version of its VoIP PBX for Windows, 3CX Phone System v8.0. With the new instant messaging feature, 3CX Phone System becomes a complete VoIP Unified Communications Solution. Other new features include improved IP phone management & provisioning, integrated soft phone and support for the new Cisco SMB phones. 3CX has also expanded its PSTN connectivity options by supporting the new Berofix cards.

Version 8 now includes full integration with Microsoft Outlook & Salesforce.com. Users of the system can automatically launch calls from Outlook without having to enter the number on the phone. All calls are automatically logged for better reporting. Inbound calls can automatically be matched to a customer record based on caller ID.

The 3CX Assistant, a Windows utility that allows desktop call control and shows presence of other users, now includes the ability to trigger recording of a phone call, as well as an integrated corporate and personal phonebook for each launching of calls. It also features an integrated soft phone, and can be used from remote locations.

3CX now boasts advanced Call center features at a fraction of the price of traditional PBX solutions. A 'Call Barge-in' feature allows supervisors to literally barge in to calls. A prioritized Hunt Queue strategy allows the order to be determined in which calls should be distributed to agents. With this queue strategy it is possible to do skills based routing. A 'ring all' queue strategy was also added.

Additional mobility features have been added. Calls forwarded to a mobile can be sent to company voice mail if not answered or refused by the callee, making the call forwarding feature more practical. In addition the web based MyPhone user Portal was extended to include new pages for Outbound/Inbound/Missed calls. The MyPhone portal now also includes a new, easier to use, Call Forwarding interface, as well as an extension monitoring page. Presence of other users, as well as key extension settings, can now be monitored from anywhere in the world and from any operating system.

Other features:
Ability to black list callers.
Company and Personal phonebook for easy launching of calls.
Provision personal phonebook to selected IP phones.
Improved IP Phone management: Monitor all connected IP phones and re provision or reboot if necessary.
Secure RTP ability to encrypt voice.



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