Microsoft Skype for Business is a next-generation cloud communications service that connects people in new ways, anytime, from virtually anywhere.
Skype for Business provides intuitive communications capabilities across presence, instant messaging, audio/video calling and a rich online meeting experience including PC-audio, video, and web conferencing.
Transform your interactions with colleagues, customers, and partners from today’s hit-and-miss communication to a more collaborative, engaging, and effective experience.
Skype is an easy-to-use communications service that includes:
• Voice calls
• Video calls
• Instant messaging
As a VoIP service that routes voice or video calls over the Internet, Skype is a popular way to stay in touch with others — whether they’re across town or on the other side of the world. The ability to text and share files while talking enhances conversations. For example, when discussing the latest mockups and slogans for an ad campaign, you might copy and paste your favorite tagline into a text box or send a link to the artwork so your colleague can look at it during your call.
Skype for Business builds on the standard version of Skype by adding the ability to hold Skype web conferences with up to 250 attendees (rather than just a handful) and integrating with Microsoft Office. It also adds enterprise-grade security and allows you to manage employee accounts.
Skype for Business helps organizations increase individual productivity by adding presence, instant messaging and PC-to-PC audio and video calling to the business IT infrastructure.
With Skype’s “Enhanced Presence” features, each user can set their status (online, offline, busy, etc.) so that others can easily see if they’re available. Rather than calling and getting voicemail or waiting for a response to an email, a quick glance on Skype for Business lets you know if now is a good time to communicate.
For example, when sending an email or meeting request to your Skype for Business contacts in Microsoft Outlook, their Skype presence status is displayed in the To, From or CC field or the Scheduling Assistant tab.
Need to talk before sending an email or after receiving one in Microsoft Outlook? With just a click, you can initiate an instant message or Skype call — and you’ll know if it’s a good time based on the presence status indicator.
With Skype for Business, users can collaborate, share information and coordinate their efforts in real time, all within the context of an existing workflow. Conduct online presentations to customers and colleagues including audio, video, screen sharing, and a virtual whiteboard. Skype for Business supports an integrated conferencing experience, enabling users to join the same conference.
Presence in Microsoft Office Word
The Windows 2010, 2013, 2015, and 2016 versions of Microsoft Word support Skype for Business’s instant messaging and presence. This handy integration means that you can instantly determine a co-worker’s availability an launch an instant messaging conversation while working on a Word document. There’s no need to click outside of your document or lose your train of thought. Simply click and begin collaborating.