Skype for Business Online

Skype for Business Online

Online Communication Software for Professionals

With Office 365 Skype for Business you can use this communication tool alongside other popular Microsoft Office apps.

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Everything about Skype for Business

What is Skype for Business?

Skype for Business (previously known as Lync) is software that allows users to communicate through text chat, voice calls, video calls or online meetings. It is available on desktop, mobile and tablet. This Microsoft product aims to make communication and collaboration easier for professional teams and large-scale enterprises.


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Difference between Skype and Skype for Business

Skype for Business is Skype on a larger scale. Skype can only accommodate a maximum for 25 people and is generally used for smaller businesses, or just for leisure and home use. Skype for Business is essentially an upgraded version which comes with more functionality and can be integrated within your Office 365 apps.


Why use Skype for Business?

Skype for Business is a powerful business collaboration tool that offers many features fit for large enterprises – 55% organisations worldwide are using it. The key features include:

  • Online meetings and conferences of up to 250 people
  • Skype Meeting Broadcast enables you to host webinars to audiences of up to 10,000 people
  • Enterprise-grade security
  • Recording and playback
  • The ability to manage employee accounts


Skype for Business Online vs Skype for Business Server 2019

Skype for Business Online
Skype for Business Online is the cloud-based version and is run on a subscription service. Upon launch, the aforementioned benefits of Skype for Business were only available on the server version. Today, all Skype for Business online subscriptions support the benefits that were previously only available in the server version. Businesses may lean towards the online version for a few reasons:

  • Lower costs – The capital expenditure is reduced by a cheaper, on-going subscription. There are no set-up costs and updates and maintenance are all controlled by Microsoft
  • Flexibility – Skype for Business can be used anywhere at any time provided there is an internet connection


Skype for Business Server

Server versions are generally more complex to configure and can come with hefty set-up, repair and maintenance costs – especially for large businesses operating at numerous sites. That said, the server version can still be a viable option depending on business needs Companies may opt to use this version for the following reasons:

  • Security – Businesses possess more control over security and can also manually install updates so as to not interfere unexpectedly with business operations
  • Internal Integration – Customize the set-up in a way that works best for your business’ on-site network


Skype for Business License

Skype for Business allows businesses the flexibility to purchase specific features using add-on licenses. For example, users can add Audio Conferencing or Phone System in Office 365.


Skype for Business Pricing

Skype for Business is integrated into your Office 365 apps. It costs $2 per month, per user.


Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams

Microsoft has announced the Microsoft Teams is now the primary client for messaging, meetings and calling in Office 365. Since October 1 2018, new Office 365 customers have been onboarded to Microsoft Teams and do not have access to Skype for Business. Current licenses for Skype for Business will remain until the end of the term. Following this, users will have to make the transition to Microsoft Teams.


How to use Skype for Business

Connect – Host meetings and conferences between hundreds of people.
Collaborate – Go above and beyond with Skype’s generous set of unique features.
Save – Comes with office 365’s subscription service.


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Companies that offer support for Skype for Business


ShareValue B.V.








Think4 B.V.


PHC telecom




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