Skype for Business

Connecting people anywhere, everywhere

Microsoft LyncSkype for Business Overview

Skype for Business is a unified communications platform that is enterprise-ready. Skype for Business connects people everywhere, on Windows 8 and other operating systems including mobile devices, as part of their everyday productivity experience. Skype for Business features include a consistent, single client experience for presence, instant messaging, voice, video and a great meeting experience. Skype for Business enables rich communication with hundreds of millions of people anywhere in the world including Skype users.

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Work from AnywhereWork from Anywhere

Stay connected and communicate securely with colleagues and customers from virtually wherever they chose to work.

Use Lync Across DevicesUse Skype for Business Across Devices

Skype for Business offers a familiar and consistent user experience whether you’re on a phone, tablet, PC or browser. You can can use Skype for Business on any of your devices based on your needs.

Connecting People and ExperiencesConnecting People and Experiences

Multiparty HD video conferencing brings people and their experiences to together with expression and life. Skype for Business Meetings connect millions of people, their communications and the applications they use every day.

Easy to ManageEasy to Manage

Skype for Business reduces complexity in Enterprise IT by providing a single system, dependable platform for all real-time communications.

Flexible DeploymentFlexible Deployment

Skype for Business allows you to reach your vision of unified communication on your own timeline, following your own blueprint.

Business benefits

Skype for Business provides innovation across the board, making it easy for people to communicate wherever they are, but we’re making it even better with new and improved features:

Stay in touch anywhere: Skype for Business enables users to communicate securely anywhere they have network connectivity, and automatically adapts to network conditions.
Use the device you want: Skype for Business makes communicating easier with a consistent and familiar experience available on Windows PCs, Windows Phone, iOS, and Android smartphones. The new immersive Skype app for Windows provides a seamless touch-first experience.
Communicate in the right way: Skype for Business unifies voice and video calls, Skype Meetings, presence, and instant messaging (IM) in one easy-to-use client, making it simple to choose and switch between different forms of communication.
Take advantage of standards-based HD video: Skype uses open standards including H.264 SVC to provide a high-quality video experience on a wide range of devices.
Make virtual meetings more effective: See up to five meeting participants simultaneously with new multiparty HD video support. You can choose who to see or let Skype choose for you.
Easily join meetings: Joining a Skype Meeting requires only a single touch or click on smartphones, tablets, and PCs.
Extend Skype Meetings outside your organization with browser-based access: The Skype Web App allows PC and Mac users to join a Skype Meeting from a browser and delivers a full online meeting experience including IM, voice, multiparty video, data collaboration and sharing.
Take notes in OneNote: OneNote share allows users in to create and share OneNote digital meeting notes within SkypeMeetings.
Quickly and intuitively find the best way to communicate: Skype for Business has a menu that appears over a contact in the Skype contact list and shows available communication modes.

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Skype for Business Features

Skype Web AppSkype Web App

The Skype Web App allows PC and Mac users to join a meeting from within an HTML5-based browser, and delivers a full Skype meeting experience, including multiparty HD video, voice over IP, instant messaging, desktop, application, and PowerPoint sharing.

Skype for BusinessOnline Meetings

Host online meetings with audio, HD video, and web conferencing over the Internet. Join meetings with a single touch or click from the smartphone, tablet, or PC of your choice.

Skype MeetingSkype for Meetings

Skype Meetings provide capabilities to interact just like you’re in the same room, through multiparty HD video, audio, instant messaging, and content sharing.

Single Click Conference JoinSingle Click Conference Join

Joining a Skype Meeting requires only a single click or touch, whether from an Outlook meeting reminder on a Windows PC or from the calendar or meeting pane on Windows Phone, iOS, and Android devices.

Persistent ChatPersistent Chat

Organize or participate in topic based virtual rooms where workgroups or designated colleagues meet and collaborate in real-time. Discussions are searchable and persist over time enabling efficient information sharing.

OneNote ShareOneNote Share

OneNote Share allows users to create and share OneNote digital meeting notes within a Skype Meeting, reducing possible errors caused by transcribing and simplifying communication and follow-up.

Exchange ArchivingExchange Archiving

Using the Exchange Online archiving, you can store all you emails, instant messages and Skype Online meeting contents, then easily search them using Exchange e-Discovery compliance.

Skype ConnectivitySkype Connectivity

Skype Connectivity enables presence sharing, instant messaging (IM), and voice calling with the hundreds of millions of people around the world who use Skype.


See the availability status of a contact with visual presence indicators. New presence states include: Presenter (while laptop is connected to a projector) and Working Elsewhere (to indicate physically out of the office yet working).

Skype across DevicesSkype across Devices

Connect with your team anywhere using Skype for Business mobile apps across Windows, iOS and AndroidTM, or bring remote participants into meeting spaces of all sizes.

Contact CardContact Card

A dynamic card that displays a contact’s high resolution photo, their presence, status note, location and organizational details and is consistent across Microsoft Office applications.

Meeting ViewMeeting View

Meeting View options are designed to bring content and people together while optimizing the Skype Meeting experience for every individual participant’s needs. The Meeting View is selected by the participant.

Multiparty HD Video GalleryMultiparty HD Video Gallery

Continuous view of multiple HD video streams or contact card photos in conference. Photos replace active speaker video when unavailable.  Participants can select video stream of interest, see participant name and identify active speakers.

Server Role ConsolidationServer Role Consolidation

Skype for Business can reduce the number of server roles by co-locating roles which were previously deployed or managed separately, allowing for simplified deployment and management.

Scale and High Availability ImprovementsScale and High Availability Improvements

Skype for Business Server front-end architecture has been redesigned allowing a larger number of active users in one pool while improving high availability capabilities that can help lower total cost of ownership.

Active MonitoringActive Monitoring

Active Monitoring gives Skype for Business administrators the ability to monitor pools, servers, networks across different datacenters through the public internet.


Skype for Business Plans




Instant Messaging


Group Chat

PC-to-PC computer audio and video

Audio, Video, and Web Conferencing - N/A

Desktop Sharing - N/A





Instant Messaging


Group Chat

PC-to-PC computer audio and video

Audio, Video, and Web Conferencing

Desktop Sharing