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Score 7.4 out of 100
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Score 7.6 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)

Any business that has workers in multiple locations or workers who are based out for the office for significant periods of time will really benefit from the 8x8 cloud-based system. Your direct line follows you around, but because of the Virtual Attendant, office hours and out of hours can be configured so that you only receive calls when you're "at work."
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MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

Well, I have been informed of newer cloud solutions that only rely on plugging the phones into the network and not needing any PRI or phone system on prem. This would make for a very inexpensive phone system. I am not sure how inter-office calls would work if the internet is down however.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Cloud PBX

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
7.8
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
8.7
Hosted PBX
8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
7.9
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
9.0
Multi-level Interactive Voice Response (IVR)
8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
8.1
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
8.2
User templates
8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
7.1
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
8.6
Call reports
8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
7.5
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
9.3
Directory of employee names
8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
8.5
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
8.2

Call Management

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
8.6
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
8.7
Answering rules
8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
8.4
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
9.0
Call recording
8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
8.7
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
8.7
Call park
8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
8.3
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
9.0
Call screening
8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
8.9
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
8.8
Message alerts
8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
8.9
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
7.8

VoIP system collaboration

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
8.1
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
8.9
Video conferencing
8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
7.8
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
8.2
Audio conferencing
8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
8.4
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
9.5
Video screen sharing
8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
9.0
Instant messaging
8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
9.0

Mobile apps

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
7.6
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
7.8
Mobile app for iOS
8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
7.6
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
7.4
Mobile app for Android
8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
7.5
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
8.3

Pros

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)

  • Conference call feature is great. We have created multiple conference bridges, we even have one tied to our virtual attendant.
  • We like the flexibility of the auto attendant and being able to have more than one profile saved that we can change as needed
  • Having Virtual office was especially great when hurricane Irma came through last year and our office had no power, it allowed us to continue to operate from our cell phones without the customer realizing there was anything different.
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MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

  • Call quality is very good. Dedicated circuit for QoS is helpful. Even leveraging the Mitel Cloud service over our own ISP has been problem free. The disadvantage to that is the owned and operated router from Mitel where they control more connectivity issues and troubleshoot them as well.
  • Support is also very good. Receive US based support staff when calling in. Issues resolved quickly.
  • They are continuously growing in support and service.
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Cons

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)

  • The iPhone app is powerful, but clunky.
  • The technical support (which was absolutely amazing when we first signed up with 8x8) is terrible now. The same goes for their customer service (that is, if there is a problem that tech support can't fix or doesn't handle well, and then you call customer service to complain, they'll just pat you on the head and tell you to go on your way).
  • The web interface is difficult to use, both from a user standpoint and an administrator standpoint.
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MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

  • The Shoretel Mobility app for iPhone does not work very well and is not very intuitive in my experience.
  • We have had many intermittent instances of employees reporting that call quality is bad, sounds like the caller is garbled and underwater.
  • I deployed Shoretel Sky to eleven branches in four states over a 6 month period and experiences were not very consistent. Had issues with not enough power bricks being sent with the phones, some phones not having the the face sticker showing messages, directories, etc., user guides (quick start guides) not getting shipped with the phones at some branches, and phones being programmed incorrectly. This made it very difficult to plan my trips to train employees and install these at the various locations.
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Likelihood to Renew

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office) 8.4
Based on 7 answers
We've had an excellent experience with 8x8 Virtual Office. We have downtime very rarely and the service provided by all reps is excellent. The little quirks that I've mentioned as cons are minor inconveniences but I prefer working like that than hosting our own PBX.
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MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel) 8.6
Based on 42 answers
Although the price is higher than some of the other Hosted systems out there, the value is definitely worth a renewal. Everything is relative: there are some companies out there who need phones, but don't necessarily care how they work, the functionality/features available/durability etc., they just care that they have phones that make and receive calls. There are other companies that are completely reliant on phones and certain functionality that is provided by the system. There are even some companies who are straight up dependent on the phone system and are losing tons of money anytime they are down, ShoreTel is the perfect fit for theSMB client who sees value in a solid,robust, reliable and high functioning phone system
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Usability

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office) 8.5
Based on 5 answers
The web interface is easy to navigate and the data that I need is only ever one or two clicks away. When running reports, I don't have to deal with convoluted filters or awkward logic implementations, it just works and it works well. If I had to fault it for something, I would say that the interface is not consistent all over the place; The account manager portal and the Virtual Office portal have two completely different styles.
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MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel) 8.0
Based on 21 answers
I have not used a wide array of communication software, but this far ShoreTel/MiCloud has been the simplest and easiest to get into. My work employs several temps at certain points throughout the year, and they use this piece of software frequently, and new hires seem to have little to no issue using this software. Additionally, this is our primary telephone communication infrastructure, and I have yet to encounter any issues when signed in and regularly using it handling external calls to our department.
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Reliability and Availability

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office) 7.7
Based on 2 answers
In the time I have used 8x8 Virtual Office, the core system has been up and running almost flawlessly though we do have a slight performance degradation from time to time as is expected of cloud software. The one recurring issue for us is that the fax connection is not always functional for outbound messages. We usually have to retry three or four times to get the fax to connect reliably to the destination machine. Once connected, it's smooth sailing.
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MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel) 10.0
Based on 27 answers
The system has gone down on us MULTIPLE times. We asked them to move us to a different cluster. Shoretel declined. Basically we had problems or outages every month of the year from June 2012 to date. Our old phone system was just that: OLD, no bells or whistles. But it was up every day and I never had to think about it much until it was time for an upgrade. That's how I want Shoretel to be. I want it so reliable that I never have to think about it.
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Performance

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office) 7.7
Based on 2 answers
None of the features that are available slow down the application. The reports (even the ones with hundreds of records) complete very quickly and the web interface as well as the mobile application never struggle to load or complete a task. The analytics will sometimes take some time to reflect the online status of users but it is to be expected due to connection speeds.
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MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel) 5.1
Based on 9 answers
Even though the system uses a lower bandwidth connection we have experienced a higher call quality than our previous system which required a T1 line and back up broadband connection.
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Support

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office) 6.7
Based on 45 answers
They are fully functioning and easily manageable, crucial to our company as we have dispatch and office administration and are a medical facility. If our phone lines go down, people could be impacted by it in a very negative way.
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MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel) 3.5
Based on 16 answers
ShoreTel Sky's support is amazing. The only reason why I didn't give it a 10 is that we still need to contact them for stuff that we should be able to do, for ourselves, within the management portal. I know their portal is being worked on, so hopefully they will get the "little things" included for self-management.
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In-Person Training

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)

No score
No answers yet
N/a. No in-person training.
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MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel) 6.0
Based on 3 answers
I attended the first ShoreTel installer class in Austin,TX. It was a week of intensive study with a live lab and having hands on experience made the class worthwhile. I have taken all of the sales courses and remaining technical courses either online or self study to keep costs down. I send my techs to the first installer course in Austin as I feel it gives them a solid foundation and most of teh other courses they have taken have been online.
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Online Training

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel) 2.0
Based on 12 answers
The training identified some things M5 (ShoreTel's cloud division) could provide, however it was only using it every day and asking the Shoretel support several questions that I got the hang of it. The training was able to highlight functions but I did not learn how to use the phone from the training.
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Implementation

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office) 8.2
Based on 4 answers
I can only respond to this question with regards to transferring ownership of the account. that was easy and smooth.
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MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel) 9.6
Based on 30 answers
I feel that the current features that ShoreTel provides are pretty solid, but in future I would love to see it expand into more features to assist inter team communication if possible. Considering that there was not a single issue with ShoreTel in my whole work period of 6months I think it is safe to say that the implementation is pretty standardized.
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Alternatives Considered

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)

We only did a web search for other companies and found this service to fit all our needs, especially being able to get a BAA to help our HIPPA and HITECH compliance. It was over three years ago so I do not recall what others we looked at, but we did a general web search.
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MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

Aptela. I chose M5 (ShoreTelSky) because their platform puts call quality first. Their system also uses Cisco endpoints, which are very compatible with the rest of my Cisco network. I also liked the fact that ShoreTelSky uses the internet only as a backup for transport; I use MPLS as my primary connectivity.
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Scalability

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office) 7.3
Based on 2 answers
We've had periods where our organization has grown a considerable amount and we have had no issues in scaling our communications with 8x8. The number of possible extensions that we can use is far more than we expect to go through in a very long time. The only complaint that I have is a very minor inconvenience for me where I have to download activation codes for each phone. I would prefer to have the phones automatically activated as soon as they are plugged in.
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MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel) 7.6
Based on 5 answers
Shoretel has been very scalable for our organization. We first installed Shoretel in 2003 to standardize three sites on one phone system. As our needs have changed, our Shoretel system has adapted with our growing needs and added locations. Initially, we were using analog phones and have been rolling out VoIP as our budgeting has allowed.
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Return on Investment

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)

  • When I am the only person covering the phone, I can get messages or calls anywhere and anytime and make sure that they are forwarded to the right person. This ensures that appointments are kept and employees don't waste time on appointments that get canceled.
  • When someone is out on leave, it is convenient to forward their calls to someone else to make sure customers get attention when needed.
  • Text capabilities allow our patients to contact us promptly for appointment cancellations. We are then able to fill those times with other patients who need to get in.
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MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

  • We save a lot of time not having to dial numbers, measure call volumes and metrics and spend a lot of time configuring new phone systems. Our ROI is high from ShoreTel just in the time we save using and administering the system.
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8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)

Pricing Details

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
7.8
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
9.3

Likelihood to Renew

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
8.4
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
8.6

Usability

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
8.5
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
8.0

Reliability and Availability

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
7.7
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
10.0

Performance

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
7.7
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
5.1

Support

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
6.7
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
3.5

In-Person Training

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
6.0

Online Training

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
2.0

Implementation

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
8.2
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
9.6

Scalability

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
7.3
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
7.6

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