Desktop client comparison tables for Skype for Business Server 2015

Skype for Business Server 2015
 

Topic Last Modified: 2017-03-10

Summary: Review the features supported on the various clients while planning Skype for Business Server 2015.

Before you deploy or upgrade to Skype for Business Server 2015 you'll probably want to consider the impact on features used by your users, which will depend on which clients are already in use in your organization. You may also need to assess what features are available with the latest clients, and how you want to pace the roll-out process.

These tables list the features that are available to Skype for Business users in an on-premises deployment of Skype for Business Server. The same features are also available to users homed on Skype for Business Online unless there's a statement otherwise.

importantImportant:
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.
noteNote:
Skype for Business Web App is a browser client for Meetings and doesn't support features mentioned in the other sections.

This table covers the Enhanced Presence features that extend beyond a simple indication of whether a user is online, offline, busy, etc.

 

Feature/capability

Skype for Business 2016 full client

Skype for Business 2016 basic client

Skype for Business 2015 full client

Skype for Business 2015 basic client

Skype for Business on Mac

Lync 2013 full client

Lync 2013 basic client

Lync Windows Store app

Lync 2010

Lync 2010 Attendant (not supported in Skype for Business Online)

Lync Phone Edition

Communicator for Mac 2011

Lync for Mac 2011

Publish and view status

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View status based on calendar free/busy information

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View status notes and Out of Office messages

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Add a custom location

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Add a custom note

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Use a photo from any public site for My Picture

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This table covers the features relating to managing IM and Presence contacts.

 

Feature/capability

Skype for Business 2016 full client

Skype for Business 2016 basic client

Skype for Business 2015 full client

Skype for Business 2015 basic client

Skype for Business on Mac

Lync 2013 full client

Lync 2013 basic client

Lync Windows Store app

Lync 2010

Lync 2010 Attendant (not supported in Skype for Business Online)

Lync Phone Edition

Communicator for Mac 2011

Lync for Mac 2011

Pre-populated Contacts list

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View Contacts list

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Modify Contacts list

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Tag contacts for status change alerts

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Control privacy relationships

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Search the corporate address book

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Search Microsoft Outlook contacts

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Manage contact groups

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Expand distribution groups and Office 365 Groups

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Search for Response Groups

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Display recent contacts group

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Display current conversations group

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Display alternate contact views (for example, tile)

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Sort contacts by Group, Relationship, or New (people who’ve added you to their Contacts list)

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Sort by group

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Sort contacts by Status (availability)

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This table covers features related to IM support.

 

Feature/capability

Skype for Business 2016 full client

Skype for Business 2016 basic client

Skype for Business 2015 full client

Skype for Business 2015 basic client

Skype for Business on Mac

Lync 2013 full client

Lync 2013 basic client

Lync Windows Store app

Lync 2010

Lync 2010 Attendant (not supported in Skype for Business Online)

Lync Phone Edition

Communicator for Mac 2011

Lync for Mac 2011

Initiate IM with a contact

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Navigate among multiple IM conversations/Track multiple conversations in a single tabbed window

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Log IM conversations in Outlook

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If server side conversation history is turned on

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Saved in Communicator for Mac

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Initiate an email to a contact

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Use prepared conversation templates

    

 

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Check spelling

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Skill search (with SharePoint Server integration)

(On-premises Skype for Business Server and on-premises SharePoint 2013 are required for skill search.)

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Persistent Chat (Group Chat) integration

(not available for Skype for Business Online)

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Escalate a Persistent Chat room to a Skype for Business Meeting with one click

(not available for Skype for Business Online)

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Inline pictures of sender and receiver in IM window

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Send ink messages

    

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This table covers features related to Meetings support.

noteNote:
  • Skype for Business meeting features aren't available in Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 1.

  • In Skype-to-Skype sessions, a Skype for Business Online Plan 1 user can participate in desktop sharing and application sharing if they're invited by a user who has access to sharing features.

  • For details, see the Skype for Business Online Service Description.

 

Feature/capability

Skype for Business 2016 full client

Skype for Business 2016 basic client

Skype for Business Web App

Skype for Business 2015 full client

Skype for Business 2015 basic client

Skype for Business on Mac

Lync 2013 full client

Lync 2013 basic client

Lync Windows Store app

Lync 2010

Lync 2010 Attendant (not supported in Skype for Business Online)

Lync Phone Edition

Communicator for Mac 2011

Lync for Mac 2011

Add computer audio

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(requires plug-in)

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Add video

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(requires plug-in)

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View multiparty video (gallery view)

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Video-based screen sharing

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Use in-meeting presenter controls

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Access detailed meeting roster

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Participate in multiparty IM

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Share the desktop (if enabled)

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Share a program (if enabled)

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View only

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Add anonymous participants (if enabled)

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Use dial-in audio meetings

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Initiate a Meet Now meeting

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Add and present Microsoft PowerPoint files

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Present only

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Navigate Microsoft PowerPoint files

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Add and edit OneNote meeting notes

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Edit only (not add)

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Use a whiteboard

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Conduct polls

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Upload files to share with others

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Schedule a meeting or conference

Outlook or Skype for Business Web Scheduler

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Outlook

Outlook or Lync Web Scheduler

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Outlook

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Q&A Manager

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read footnote 1 Participants can't control desktops that are shared by Lync for Mac 2011 or Communicator for Mac 2011 users. Lync for Mac 2011 and Communicator for Mac 2011 users can control desktops shared by Windows users. This also won't work for Skype for Business Web App on Max OSX.

read footnote 2 For Skype for Business Online, this feature requires Microsoft PSTN Conferencing, Exchange Unified Messaging, or a 3rd party audio conferencing provider.

read footnote 3 The Lync for Mac 2011 client cannot view Microsoft Office 2013 PowerPoint presentations when they have been shared in a conference by the Skype for Business Web App.

This table covers features related to voice services support.

noteNote:
Skype for Business Voice (Telephony) features are limited to certain Skype for Business Online subscription plans.
For details, see the Skype for Business Online Service Description.

 

Feature/capability

Skype for Business 2015 or 2016 full client

Skype for Business 2015 or 2016 basic client

Skype for Business on Mac

Lync 2013 full client

Lync 2013 basic client

Lync Windows Store app

Lync 2010

Lync 2010 Attendant (not supported in Skype for Business Online)

Lync Phone Edition

Communicator for Mac 2011

Lync for Mac 2011

Initiate a call

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Click to call a contact

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Transfer a call

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Manage call forwarding

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Manage team call settings

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Manage delegates

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Initiate a call to a Response Group

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Support emergency services (E9-1-1)

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Requires Skype for Business Server 2015 CU4

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Connect to voice mail, set up or change greeting

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Missed call notification

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Make calls on behalf of another contact (manager/delegate scenario)

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Handle another's calls if configured as a delegate

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Manage a high volumes of calls

  

 

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Call park

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Group call pickup

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read footnote 1 This feature isn't available in Skype for Business Online.

This table covers features related to support for external users homed on the PSTN.

 

Feature/capability

Skype for Business 2015 or 2016 full client

Skype for Business 2015 or 2016 basic client

Skype for Business on Mac

Lync 2013 full client

Lync 2013 basic client

Lync Windows Store app

Lync 2010

Lync 2010 Attendant (not supported in Skype for Business Online)

Lync Phone Edition

Communicator for Mac 2011

Lync for Mac 2011

Initiate IM with a public contact

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Initiate IM with a federated contact

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Conduct two-party or multiparty calls with external users

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This table covers features related to support for recording meetings.

 

Feature/capability

Skype for Business 2015 or 2016 full client

Skype for Business 2015 or 2016 basic client

Skype for Business on Mac

Lync 2013 full client

Lync 2013 basic client

Lync Windows Store app

Lync 2010

Lync 2010 Attendant

Lync Phone Edition

Communicator for Mac 2011

Lync for Mac 2011

Client-side recording of audio, video, application sharing, desktop sharing, and uploaded content

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Client-side recording of file transfers, shared OneNote pages, and PowerPoint annotations

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Select preferred recording resolution

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read footnote 1 Recording is unavailable in certain Skype for Business Online standalone plans. Recording requires full Skype for Business client rights.

read footnote 2 Recording of file transfers, shared OneNote pages, and PowerPoint annotations is unavailable in Skype for Business Online.

This table covers features related to support for archiving and logging functions.

 

Feature/capability

Skype for Business 2015 or 2016 full client

Skype for Business 2015 or 2016 basic client

Skype for Business on Mac

Lync 2013 full client

Lync 2013 basic client

Lync Windows Store app

Lync 2010

Lync 2010 Attendant ( not supported in Skype for Business Online)

Lync Phone Edition

Communicator for Mac 2011

Lync for Mac 2011

Archiving of IM conversations in Outlook Conversation History

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If server side conversation history is turned on

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Saved in Communicator for Mac

Saved in Lync for Mac

Client-side archiving of audio, video, application sharing, desktop sharing, and uploaded content

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Client-side archiving of file transfers, shared OneNote pages, and PowerPoint annotations

(unavailable in Skype for Business Online)

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Access sign-in logs from Skype for Business icon in the task bar

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read footnote 1 For Skype for Business Online users, this feature requires Exchange Online and is controlled by the user’s Exchange mailbox In-Place Hold attribute.

 
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