What you need to know about Skype for Business
Some time ago Microsoft launched Skype service for Business that will replace Microsoft Lync. Skype for business combines the familiar interface and way of working characteristic of Skype with Microsoft Lync enterprise security, compatibility and control.
However, despite the similarities, Skype and Skype for Business are practically different applications that require separate accounts, but initially the name of the new service misled many users who thought about it as an updated version of Skype.
Now everything fell into place, but if you’re still confused and not sure what the similarities and differences between Skype and Skype for Business, then the information in this article will be useful for you. After reading you will know about Skype for Business everything you need to know.
The possibility of conversations between hundreds of people at a time
Standard Skype client currently limits the conferences up to 25 people. Skype for Business has raised the limit to 250, making it much more suitable for large-scale presentations. The participants of the meetings in Skype or Skype for business do not have to join them via Skype, this can be done from a landline or mobile phone, but this additional cost.
Easy integration with Office applications
Skype for Business integrates directly into Microsoft Office 365. Essentially, this means that the user can use Outlook directly with chat, video calls, conference calls and many other features offered by Skype for Business. For example, simply click a contact to start a conversation with him or to make an appointment. The benefits of this integration can assist in other Office 365 apps. In particular, to start the conference and enable other users to view your screen without leaving PowerPoint or Excel.
All traffic through Skype (Skype and Skype for Business) is encrypted using AES algorithm. However, Skype for Business uses stronger authentication methods that provide more control over the account and the access to it.
In cases where two remote offices want to communicate with each other via video calling, Skype for Business is a very good choice. A new feature in Skype Room Systems allows you to use Skype with cameras, monitors and audio equipment from Polycom, while the Microsoft Surface Hub can be used as a digital whiteboard. Skype for Business also integrates with a number of PBX-systems enterprise class, thereby providing a convenient way of communication through VOIP phones.
Skype is available for free but Skype for Business is a paid service, which has two main plan. Plan «Online 1» will cost you 100 USD per user per month (subscription for year), but it covers only basic functions. In fact «Online 1» will give you very little in comparison with the standard Skype. But you can get much more, including high-definition video in group conferences, the ability to join meetings via web browser and share your desktop, if you select a plan «Online 2» for 275 rubles a month.