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For users of Skype for Business Server 2015, sending an IM notification of an emergency call placed from Skype for Business on Mac to a distribution list (as specified by the the notification URI in the location policy) requires the July 2018 update. Our Skype for Business 2015 deployment is hybrid though we don't currently have any users that are homed to Office365. The issue started with the first release of 16.5 that I updated to. With aletr 15.6 build it stopped displaying the popup notices but the still are in the notifier list. The Skype for Business 2015 Planning Tool asks you a series of questions about your organization and the features that you are interested in. The planning tool will then use your answers to recommend a topology based on the tested Skype for Business 2015 user model. Your organization may have a different user model.

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Summary: Review of the supported clients and apps for Skype for Business.

Today's workforce is constantly on the move. Employees need to communicate and collaborate whether working from the corporate office, at regional locations, in home offices, or on the road. Skype for Business Server supports these needs through a collection of client interfaces that you can deploy to your organization's users. Thoughtful planning ensures that employees get what they need and that Skype for Business is available to them wherever they happen to be.

Available clients

Skype for Business Server supports several types of clients, including computer-installed client software, web-based clients, and clients for mobile devices. The primary clients are introduced in this section, for a detailed listing of all supported clients see either Desktop client feature comparison for Skype for Business Server 2015 or Desktop client feature comparison for Skype for Business Server 2019. If you've previously used a combination of Lync clients, note that there are unsupported Legacy clients that are incompatible with Skype for Business Server 2019. Updates take place regularly so check this topic periodically for the latest client information.

Skype for Business (2019)

Skype for Business (2019) is the recommended full-featured client for Skype for Business Server 2015 and 2019. See Follow the latest updates in Skype for Business for a description of new features. Client feature support is detailed in the Desktop client feature comparison for Skype for Business, and user documentation is at Skype for Business help. This client is included when a user installs Microsoft 365 or Office 365.

A free basic client supporting fewer features is also available. Both versions are available for download at Download Skype for Business across all your devices. The differences between Full and Basic clients are described in the Basic client limitations section.

Skype for Business 2016

Skype for Business 2016 is a full-featured client for Skype for Business Server 2015 or 2019. See What's new in Skype for Business 2016 for a description of new features. Client feature support is detailed in the Desktop client feature comparison for Skype for Business, and user documentation is at Skype for Business help. This client is included when a user installs Office 365.

A free basic client supporting fewer features is also available. Both versions are available for download at Download Skype for Business across all your devices. The differences between Full and Basic clients are described in the Basic client limitations section.

Skype for Business 2015

Skype for Business 2015 is a full-featured client for Skype for Business Server 2015 or 2019. The Skype for Business user interface has been fully redesigned and includes newly integrated features, such as Call Monitor, Skype directory integration, emoticons, and more. For a summary of changes, see Lync is now Skype for Business — see what's new. Client feature support is detailed in the Desktop client feature comparison for Skype for Business, and user documentation is at Skype for Business help. This client is included when a user installs Office 365.

Skype for Business on Mac

The Skype for Business on Mac client is available for download. See Skype for Business on Mac client requirements to review prerequisites.

Skype for Business for mobile devices

Clients are available for Windows Phone, iPhone/iPad, and Android. Users can get them at Download Skype for Business across all your devices. Feature support for these clients is detailed in Mobile client feature comparison for Skype for Business.

Note

MCX (Mobility Service) support for legacy mobile clients is no longer available in Skype for Business Server 2019. All current Skype for Business mobile clients already use Unified Communications Web API (UCWA) to support instant messaging (IM), presence, and contacts. Users with legacy clients using MCX will need to upgrade to a current client.

Online Meeting Add-in for Skype for Business

The Online Meeting Add-in for Skype for Business supports meeting management from within Microsoft Outlook messaging and collaboration client on Windows. The Online Meeting Add-in for Skype for Business software installs automatically with Skype for Business.

Skype for Business Web App and Skype Meetings App

If Skype for Business is not installed on a user's computer and the user clicks a meeting link in a meeting request on a Windows computer, the Skype Meetings App or Skype for Business Web App will be installed and open. Skype Meetings App is the client of choice for participants outside your organization. (Note that on a Mac, Skype for Business on Mac will be installed and open.) See Plan for Meetings clients (Web App and Meetings App) for the requirements to use these clients.

Skype for Business Web Scheduler

Skype for Business Web Scheduler is a web-based meeting scheduling and management tool for users of Skype for Business Online who don't have access to Microsoft Outlook, or who are on an operating system not based on Windows. With Skype for Business Web Scheduler, users can create new meetings, modify existing meetings, and send invitations using their preferred email program. Skype for Business Web Scheduler documentation provides further details.

VDI plugins

A Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) environment is used in some organizations where security and compliance issues are especially sensitive. Using Skype for Business with full audio and video on a connection like that requires heavy loads of audio and video processing on the client homed on a virtual desktop. Additional VDI plug-in software is available that offloads that processing to the end user's local machine, and reduces the load on the virtual desktop. See Plan for Skype for Business in VDI environments for details on using these plugins.

Microsoft Teams Rooms

Microsoft Teams Rooms is Microsoft's latest conferencing solution which uses a familiar interface and is easily deployed and managed, leveraging existing equipment like LCD panels for ease of installation. Microsoft Teams Rooms uses a purpose-built UWP app running on a Surface Pro 4 or Surface Pro in a console mode (once deployed the UWP app is the only app that will run on the device) and it requires its own device account on your implementation. Software is updated via both Windows store and Windows Update. See https://aka.ms/MTRDocs for details on using these room consoles in your deployment.

Skype for Business on Surface Hub

Microsoft Surface Hub is an all-in-one productivity device that is intended for brainstorming, collaboration, and presentations. It has its own iteration of the Skype for Business client, documented in the Microsoft Surface Hub admin guide.

Choosing your organization's preferred client

If your organization bought the appropriate licenses, choose the Full client, otherwise choose the Basic client.

Your users can install the client for themselves from Download Skype for Business across all your devices. The client is also installed when users install Microsoft 365 or Office 365 on Windows. If some of your users have Macs, those users will have a different set of features as described in earlier sections.

Some features available with Skype for Business Server 2015 are not available in Skype for Business Online or Skype for Business Server 2019, see Online or Hybrid user account limitations for 2015 or Online or Hybrid user account limitations for 2019 for specifics. Skype for Business Online Admins may want to refer to Skype for Business Online Service Description for information on the different plans available to them.

Before you deploy or upgrade to Skype for Business, check which clients are already in use in your organization. Use the Desktop client feature comparison for Skype for Business to understand the feature support impact on those clients. This can help you communicate changes to users, pace the roll-out process, and fully understand the benefits of upgrading to the latest client.

Ways to deploy the client to your users

Client installers are available for both MSI and click-to-run type installers. The Skype for Business client-sustainment strategy may affect your choices, so you should understand the following points:

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  • In general Skype for Business does NOT add new features to previously released clients

  • In general Skype for Business does NOT plan on shipping new features in the Skype for Business MSI after its initial release. MSI improvements between releases will primarily be quality/security in nature.

  • The latest and greatest Skype for Business client experience will be found in the Skype for Business 2019 click-to-run installer.

You can do a customized deployment of the client as described in Customize Windows client installation in Skype for Business Server. Installation methods are described in greater detail in Deploy clients for Skype for Business Server

Click-to-run

Click-to-run is a Microsoft streaming and virtualization technology that you can use to install and update Office products including Skype for Business. These streaming and virtualization capabilities are based on technologies in Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V). Click-to-run has the following advantages:

  • Streamed installation of Office suite that results in short installation time

  • Slipstreamed Updates and patches

  • Takes up less disk space

  • User-base licensing: 5 installs per user

  • Customizable via XML Editor for the installation of independent programs

You may want to use the Office Deployment Tool for this type of installer.

Both the basic and full client versions (with choice of 32- and 64-bit versions) are available using a click-to-run installer, your users can download at Download Skype for Business across all your devices.

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MSI

MSI is a more traditional installation method, used on the Skype for Business 2015 and 2016 clients. It allows you to manually install updates and patches, use volume licensing and activation, and is customizable via the Office Customization Tool. You can distribute clients by applying Group Policies, by using Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager, or using a third party tool.

Legacy clients

Skype for Business Server 2019 and Skype for Business Online support the following previously released clients: Skype for Business 2016, Skype for Business 2015, Lync 2013.

Skype for Business Server 2015 supports the following previously released clients: Lync 2013, Lync 2010, Lync 2010 Mobile, Lync Phone Edition, and Lync 2010 Attendant. For information about these clients when used with other servers, see the Client comparison tables for Lync Server 2013 and Client Comparison Tables for Lync Server 2010.

Client system requirements

See the following articles to understand the supported features, platforms, operating systems, browsers, and integration required for Skype for Business clients.

  • Refer to the System requirements for the required hardware.

See also

There are many versions of Skype for Business. Whenever I tell a person on the phone to look for Skype for Business download on the Web, it seems for some reason they seem to struggle to find what they are looking for. To avoid confusion, I figured I will write an article that includes some useful information about Skype for Business. If you are not sure which version to download or you may not have access to Office 365, you can download the free version of Skype for Business Basic.

What is Skype for Business Basic?

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Microsoft Skype for Business Basic includes online meetings, instant messaging (IM), audio and video calls, availability (presence) information, and sharing capabilities. It’s similar to GoToMeeting and WebEx but is much more flexible in many ways. This is the stand-alone version of Skype for Business. You can download the 64-bit version of Skype for Business Basic from Microsoft. So far I haven’t seen a download for a 32-bit version.

System Requirements

The following system requirements apply to the Skype for Business Basic.

  • Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, and Windows 7
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Browser: Windows Internet Explorer (IE) 10/9/8/7 or Mozilla Firefox Web browser.
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NOTE: At the time of writing, Google Chrome is not on the list of supported browsers.

Different Versions of Skype

There are a lot of ways to install Skype on your computer and that’s where it gets confusing because Microsoft doesn’t offer a single page where all different flavors of Skype can be downloaded. To make matters worse, the names of the products are often changed (e.g. SkyDrive -> OneDrive, SkyDrive Pro -> OneDrive for Business, Lync -> Skype, Lync -> Skype for Business). Each name change requires millions of businesses around the world to change their documentation, update Web sites, flyers, brochures, PowerPoint slide decks, etc. In addition, there are several versions of Skype for Business. Here are the ones that I am aware of.

  1. Skype for Business Basic is the stand-alone version of Skype.
  2. Skype for Business also comes with Microsoft Office.
  3. Skype for Business is also included with some Office 365 subscriptions.
  4. A consumer version of Skype, which is simply called Skype. Sometimes Microsoft refers to it as the “non-business” version. Other names that you may read include “Skype for consumers” and “Skype for home users.”

So you can see when you tell someone to install Skype you have to be specific as to which version. At the end of this article you will find instructions on how to install the various versions of Skype for Business.

NOTE: If you install Microsoft Office, you will normally be installing the 32-bit version and the Skype for Business included with Office will be 32-bit.

Best Practice: Always install 32-bit version of Office and do not install products from two different versions of Office, such as Office 2013 and Office 2016, on one computer. Microsoft encourages you to use 32-bit Office on all 32-bit and 64-bit computers because there are extremely rare cases where you will actually need a 64-bit version of Office.

The Difference Between Skype and Skype for Business Icons

The consumer version of Microsoft Skype has a different icon than Skype for Business. The consumer version has a white S on a blue background, while the business version has a blue S on a white background, as shown below. This makes it easier to identify them if you use both of them, one for business and one for personal use.

The Difference Between Skype for Business Basic 20xx and Skype for Business 20xx in Office 365

You may find one thing confusing about Skype for Business downloads in Office 365. There are two versions of Skype for Business available for download without any explanation as to why a user should download one or the other version of Skype. I will come back to this in a minute, but let’s take a look at the software download section in Office 365 so you know what I am talking about.

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If you click on the Settings wheel in the upper right hand corner in Office 365, you will see a section called Your app settings. Click the Office 365 hyperlink to go to the software download areas. You can also go to the software download section directly by using the the hyperlink https://portal.office.com/ols/mysoftware.aspx. This is where a user can download and install client software.

You will see two versions listed in Office 365. In Office 365 E1 and E3 subscriptions, you will see Skype for Business Basic and Skype for Business 2015. There is no explanation as to why there are two clients listed and which one you should select. The only hint you will find in the fine print is that the first version says “for Office 2016” in parenthesis. If you have Office 2016 installed on your desktop or laptop computer then perhaps this is the version you want to download. My understanding is that the “Basic” version includes fewer features (and hence it’s called Basic). The other version is not called Basic and is really the “Full” version, but is not called Full version. It’s just called Skype for Business 2015 or Skype for Business 2016. However, if you have Office 2016 and you want to install a full version of Skype then do you install the Skype for Business Basic (for Office 2016) or Skype for Business 2015? No matter which one you choose, it seems to me that you will be installing the wrong version. So now you know why it’s so confusing to understand all the versions of Skype, when to use which version and where to go to download the correct version. By the way, Office 2106 Professional Plus includes Skype for Business so if that’s the version you have then simply install the version of Skype that came with it and you will be in good shape.

How Many Versions of Skype are There?

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Well, that’s a good question. There are way too many versions of Skype out there. There is a consumer version, a business version, a standard version, an enterprise version, a basic version, and a full version. Within a version there may be more versions. For example, Skype for Business has a Standard version and an Enterprise version. And then there is a Skype for Business for each year, e.g., Skype for Business 2015, Skype for Business 2016, etc. In addition to all the versions I’ve listed above, there are Office 365 versions which are the “online” versions of Skype and supposedly map to some versions of Office, but it’s not always clear as to which version.

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Helpful Links

The good news is that Microsoft has a TechNet article that offers client comparison tables for Skype for Business. These tables compare the various features of all Skype for Business clients going back to the old Lync clients. Lync is the former name of Skype. This article was last updated on January 13, 2017, only a couple of weeks before I last updated this article on January 30, 2017. Check it out: Client comparison tables for Skype for Business Server 2015.

You may find the following links from Microsoft helpful. They include the Quick Start Guides and the instructions for installing Skype for Business.

Last Updated: January 30, 2017

Included the section The Difference Between Skype for Business Basic 20xx and Skype for Business 20xx in Office 365.

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