Skype for Business

Skype for Business

Converse, share and work with remote business collaboration

4.3/5 (9640 reviews)

Skype for Business Overview

What is Skype for Business?

Skype for Business extends Skype’s standard capabilities beyond 25 users to cater for broader business deployment. Available standalone or integrated tightly within Microsoft’s Office 365 corporate packages and Enterprise plans, Skype for Business provides a total online meeting solution. Make VoIP calls or engage in message, audio and video chats with individuals across every device, before engaging in meetings with up to 250 people. One platform provides advance scheduling, multi-party 1080p HD video conferencing, plus real time application and desktop sharing with support for PowerPoint presentations also. Skype Meeting Broadcast further broadens the reach to host webinars for up to 10,000 attendees, integrating full producer controls, Microsoft Azure streaming, Bing Pulse polling and audience participation via Yammer.

Single click or touch sign on keeps joining sessions easy from calendar or meeting notifications, while Microsoft’s PSTN conferencing enables meeting attendance from just a telephone. Simply use a dial in number when Internet access is unavailable, with local numbers available worldwide to reduce calling costs.

Skype for Business Overview

Pricing

Starting from
$2.00/month

Pricing options

Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

Skype is FREE for use by up to 25 people.

Standalone Online Plan 1: $2.00 per user per month

Standalone Online Plan 2 (adds Skype for Business online meetings): $5.50 per user per month

Office 365 Business Essentials: $5.00 per user per month for at least 1 year

Office 365 Business Premium: $12.50 per user per month for at least 1 year

International calling rates still apply, additional enterprise price plans are available.


Skype for Business Features

Devices
Business size
S M L
Markets
Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China and 5 others, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America
Supported Languages
Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Danish and 22 others, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Taiwanese, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian

Screenshots

Skype for Business screenshot: Skype for Business showing contacts list
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Skype for Business Reviews

Skype for Business Reviews

Overall rating
4.3
/
5 9640 reviews
Excellent
4964

Very good
3395

Average
988

Poor
210

Terrible
83

Value for Money
4.3
Features
4.2
Ease of Use
4.4
Customer Support
4.2
87% recommended this app
Jasmine R.

Decent, useful and easy to use communication software.

The benefits I have realized after using Skype they are countless, but I would like to say it helps me to get closer of my clients and keeps me closer to my seniors as well. Overall for me it is a blessing.


Cesar C.

It is a tool that allows the possibility of effective communication

The communications offered by this tool allows users to remain united to a work network that facilitates institutional interaction through video calls and chat to coordinate and implement the tasks of the organization


Matthew D.

Skype - In the Office for the daily professional

The overall use of the product is good, the quick and easy communication factor for us has been ideal. There is other products available but the way it integrates with other Microsoft programs makes it that more of a go to product for us.

Overall we are happy with the day-to-day use of Skype for Business.


Carissa J.

Great internal chat function - not great switching from mobile to desktop

Overall this is a good tool and I would recommend it to other companies; however, if you are out of the office a lot and need a quick chat function, I would not use this product. I would use basic text or Microsoft Teams instead. The syncing issues in conversations are enough to think twice about using this as a basic work chat option, but the other functions (calling/screensharing) are ok if you already are paying for other microsoft software and this is bundled in the price


Verified Reviewer

Skype for Business - The Almost Enterprise Ready for VoIP

Overall, I'm a fan of Skype for Business. The UI is sleek and simple and very easy to use. It works great on both the desktop and mobile settings. It's also much easier to set up Skype meetings than it's other competitors. I can set up a Skype for Business meeting in less than 10 seconds compared to other platforms. And since I lead an organization of about 50 employees, setting up Skype meetings is a big deal in terms of how quickly I can set it up without wasting time.

The only suggestion I have is for Microsoft to improve the connection quality. And Microsoft Teams could be the solution, but time will tell if that is a band aid solution or the actual root solution for our industry.


Jasmine R.
Industry: Computer Software
Company size: 1,001-5,000 Employees

Decent, useful and easy to use communication software.

Used Other for 2+ years
Reviewed on 8/29/2018
Review Source: Capterra

The benefits I have realized after using Skype they are countless, but I would like to say it helps me to get closer of my clients and keeps me closer to my seniors as well. Overall for me it is a blessing.

Pros

I have been using Skype for business for 3 years. It has been a perfect and useful communication software for all sizes of businesses and for all industries. It is an office platform by itself.
When I started using it made easier to arrange meetings and conferences over the Skype and currently its advance features and functions are remarkable. I like the way the team of Skype enhance this great software.
There are many features of Skype for business those I like to use, some of them are here:

1. Video and audio calling feature which allows me to talk at the same time with more than 200 persons. My meetings are not as big as its feature allows to use its advance system, so it can be used by big organizations.

2. Most important thing about Skype Its Audio and video recording that is completely secure and a fantastic feature which can save our meetings or conferences and helps in remembering the forgotten stuff.

3. This software let me use side conversation while doing meetings. I can easily have conversation with any person I want to do. This is one of the great feature which I love to use.

4. It allows me to share screen and programs which is very convenient and supportive feature for helping each other and sharing our files with other just via screen.

5. It is easy to use for everyone. It has advance featuring but that is not difficult to use. A new user can easily learn using it by using two to three times.

Cons

Sometimes when I log in my Skype account and made calls to several people and one issue comes up that I really do not know. I am kicked out from the meeting without any reason or any notice only i am not having that issue but it happens to my colleagues as well.
The second issue which I have to face sometimes is Skype does not go for a long time with a high quality video result. Video result is great I really do not say it is awful. I just want to highlight that it should be further improved for providing us great services of Skype.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Cesar C.

It is a tool that allows the possibility of effective communication

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 7/30/2018
Review Source: Capterra

The communications offered by this tool allows users to remain united to a work network that facilitates institutional interaction through video calls and chat to coordinate and implement the tasks of the organization

Pros

Skype for Business, allows access and communications to people who are related to work but for physical reasons are not in one place or very dynamic organizations where people have some freedom of action in their work, traveling from one place to another. Another, the interesting thing about this tool is that, because of its simplicity, it facilitates interpersonal communications, either from interest groups, from positive things, in addition to real-time video calls, documents that can be shared between users can be attached. that are part of a local network of joint work or people invited to participate in the video conferences, other of the crucial tools of this software is that video calls can be recorded, generating records of each opinion or activity made through the program, we must highlight the button of events and its versatility since it allows to create an itinerary that is visible to all aggregates that interact with a specific user.

Cons

The most obvious difficulties are in the manipulation of the program, usually people do not delve into the applications that this version of Skype has, since it is very much associated with the version used for social networks, the other thing is in the support stability is needed in the internet service provider so that the experience with the program is of the highest quality in terms of audio and video. It is also important to note that few use the internal mail of the program as people rely more on the visual audible and leaves in the background the tools of deeds and therefore underutilize the sending of documents, also the access through the database that the organization has in terms of institutional mails that at certain times there are limitations among other people keys that are not adhered to that kind of institutional intranet established by the program.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 8.0/10

Matthew D.
Industry: Computer Software
Company size: 201-500 Employees

Skype - In the Office for the daily professional

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 1/3/2020
Review Source: Capterra

The overall use of the product is good, the quick and easy communication factor for us has been ideal. There is other products available but the way it integrates with other Microsoft programs makes it that more of a go to product for us.

Overall we are happy with the day-to-day use of Skype for Business.

Pros

Skype for business has been in use for 2+ years in our office - the platform and layout is user friendly and the ability to build groups and favorite sections, makes it easier to message those within your circle quickly and easily.

Quick search option and the paring to Outlook are other positives - also the "At a glance" look to see if someone is available or not, is nice.

Cons

The fact remains, updates have been few and far between - this may be a matter of if its not broke... but it would be nice to see some updated screens, icons or just an overall view change would be great.

I think there could be a bit more functions within the calendar application within, this would allow for a truer experience.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 7.0/10

Carissa J.
Industry: Higher Education
Company size: 10,001+ Employees

Great internal chat function - not great switching from mobile to desktop

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 12/10/2019
Review Source: Capterra

Overall this is a good tool and I would recommend it to other companies; however, if you are out of the office a lot and need a quick chat function, I would not use this product. I would use basic text or Microsoft Teams instead. The syncing issues in conversations are enough to think twice about using this as a basic work chat option, but the other functions (calling/screensharing) are ok if you already are paying for other microsoft software and this is bundled in the price

Pros

Very easy to use and good features (chat/screen sharing/calls). This has helped us communicate better with our partners overseas, especially for conference calls and screen sharing. Great for internal use for chat and also to add external business partners for chat and conference calls/screen sharing. We have utilized this with our overseas partners from many different countries and it has worked well as an option for quick communication, instead of always using email for simple questions.

Cons

Very robotic sounding audio that happens frequently in meetings. The connectivity is ok, but the audio is terrible most of the time. We have tested this with multiple different settings and different places/users, but the audio is subpar at best and not really reliable. Also, switching from mobile to desktop, and back again, is terrible. The messages dont come through all of the time, leaving missed conversations and awkward discussions with external partners (this happens with internal employees too). The desktop dashboard also shows when you are on mobile, which is a terrible feature if you dont always want/need your team or clients to know where you are.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 7.0/10

Verified Reviewer
Industry: Information Technology & Services
Company size: 13-50 Employees

Skype for Business - The Almost Enterprise Ready for VoIP

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 4/18/2019
Review Source: Capterra

Overall, I'm a fan of Skype for Business. The UI is sleek and simple and very easy to use. It works great on both the desktop and mobile settings. It's also much easier to set up Skype meetings than it's other competitors. I can set up a Skype for Business meeting in less than 10 seconds compared to other platforms. And since I lead an organization of about 50 employees, setting up Skype meetings is a big deal in terms of how quickly I can set it up without wasting time.

The only suggestion I have is for Microsoft to improve the connection quality. And Microsoft Teams could be the solution, but time will tell if that is a band aid solution or the actual root solution for our industry.

Pros

Skype for Business and its differentiated values have tons of benefits. As someone that uses Skype for Business for over 10 years, stemming from the Lync days, here are the positives:

1. The ability to call via Skype or a direct line with the ease it was made is a big differentiated value. I have 10+ meetings a day, and if I have Skype connection issues, I can dial direct via the client's cell.
2. The mobile app for Skype for Business is superb. What impresses me the most is that you can see screen share from presenters on your phone in addition to the audio. That's big especially if your role requires you to be constantly on the road.
3. Federation Services is big through Skype for Business. I can ping or call employees in my organization as well as my partners, Microsoft, or even my clients without having to dig for their contact info. This along has saved me tons and tons of hours of potential lost time searching for contact info.
4. Coauthoring - The ability to co author and work on documents together while you're on a call with folks on the other side of the world is truly breaking barriers. This has been huge for me, especially if I have to do business review preparations.

Cons

Skype for Business has a few limitations, but they are big:

1. Dropped calls - This happens way too often. It is an absolute embarrassment when you are presenting your solution to the client, and you get dropped from the call due to connection issues 2-3 times in a 1 hour presentation. You can guess how the outcome of the call might have went...
2. Limited Connection - Seeing the red bars is nerve wracking. You know that you haven't been disconnected yet, but you know that the audience is having a hard time hearing your audio clearly, and you can't do anything about it! This is a helpless place to be, and Microsoft has to find better improvements to reduce this. In a given business work week, where I average 4-5 hours of Skype calls a day, I would say that 1 hour of that typically represents red limited connection. It happens too often...

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 7.0/10

User recommendation
8.3/10
Based on 9,640 user ratings
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Skype for Business Pricing

Skype for Business Pricing

Starting from
$2.00/month
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

Skype is FREE for use by up to 25 people.

Standalone Online Plan 1: $2.00 per user per month

Standalone Online Plan 2 (adds Skype for Business online meetings): $5.50 per user per month

Office 365 Business Essentials: $5.00 per user per month for at least 1 year

Office 365 Business Premium: $12.50 per user per month for at least 1 year

International calling rates still apply, additional enterprise price plans are available.

Skype is FREE for use by up to 25 people.

Standalone Online Plan 1: $2.00 per user per month

Standalone Online Plan 2 (adds Skype for Business online meetings): $5.50 per user per month

Office 365 Business Essentials: $5.00 per user per month for at least 1 year

Office 365 Business Premium: $12.50 per user per month for at least 1 year

International calling rates still apply, additional enterprise price plans are available.

Value for Money
4.3/5
Based on 9,640 user ratings
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Skype for Business Features

Skype for Business Features

API
Activity Dashboard
Automatic Notifications
CRM Integration
Call Monitoring
Call Recording
Call Reporting
Call Routing
Call Transfer
Caller ID
Chat
Communication Management
Conferencing
Instant Messaging
Monitoring
Real Time Reporting
Reporting & Statistics
Third Party Integration
Video Conferencing
Voice Mail
Features
4.2/5
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Additional information for Skype for Business

Additional information for Skype for Business

Key features of Skype for Business

  • Application and desktop sharing options
  • Audio, video, text plus online meetings and webinars
  • Integration within Office 365 suite packages
  • Make HD video calls, conduct meetings and webinars
  • Make VoIP calls to Skype contacts, mobiles and landlines
  • Never miss a call with voice mail and alerts
  • Remote collaboration & live co-authoring between colleagues
  • Securely encrypted to keep data and conversations safe
  • Send instant messages between Skype clients
  • Skype client apps available for all phones and tablets
  • Stream live 1080p HD video calls

Benefits

  • Skype for Business provides voice-over-IP (VoIP) communication and collaboration features for business use, with application support for all computers, tablets and phones.
  • Available standalone or packed with Microsoft Office 365 plans, providing seamless desktop/screen sharing and co-authoring capabilities from within popular apps.
  • Schedule and conduct online meetings with 250 attendees, or invite potentially up to 10,000 people to webinars – limited to colleagues or open to the web public.
  • Make audio calls to Skype client contacts, HD video chats and messaging sessions or enable attendees to join online meetings via telephone and Microsoft’s PSTN.
  • Access common calling features, built-in voice mail with Exchange integration to log missed calls – all with secure encryption enabled by default.
  • Skype for Business FAQs

    Skype for Business FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions for Skype for Business.

    Q. What type of pricing plans does Skype for Business offer?

    Skype for Business offers the following pricing plans:

    Starting from: $2.00/month

    Pricing model: Subscription

    Free Trial: Not Available

    Skype is FREE for use by up to 25 people. Standalone Online Plan 1: $2.00 per user per month Standalone Online Plan 2 (adds Skype for Business online meetings): $5.50 per user per month Office 365 Business Essentials: $5.00 per user per month for at least 1 year Office 365 Business Premium: $12.50 per user per month for at least 1 year International calling rates still apply, additional enterprise price plans are available.

    Q. What are the main features of Skype for Business?

    Skype for Business offers the following features:

    • Application and desktop sharing options
    • Audio, video, text plus online meetings and webinars
    • Integration within Office 365 suite packages
    • Make HD video calls, conduct meetings and webinars
    • Make VoIP calls to Skype contacts, mobiles and landlines
    • Never miss a call with voice mail and alerts
    • Remote collaboration & live co-authoring between colleagues
    • Securely encrypted to keep data and conversations safe
    • Send instant messages between Skype clients
    • Skype client apps available for all phones and tablets
    • Stream live 1080p HD video calls

    Q. Who are the typical users of Skype for Business?

    Skype for Business has the following typical customers:

    Freelancers, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Public Administrations, Small Business

    Q. What languages does Skype for Business support?

    Skype for Business supports the following languages:

    Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Taiwanese, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian

    Q. What type of pricing plans does Skype for Business offer?

    Skype for Business has the following pricing plans:

    Subscription

    Q. Does Skype for Business support mobile devices?

    Skype for Business supports the following devices:

    Android, iPhone, iPad

    Q. What other apps does Skype for Business integrate with?

    Skype for Business integrates with the following applications:

    AbacusLaw, Clarity Connect, Five9, LiveConf, Microsoft Project, Microsoft Teams, Office 365, PeekTime, RingCentral Office, Unily

    Q. What level of support does Skype for Business offer?

    Skype for Business offers the following support options:

    FAQs, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Video Tutorials