Plan for clients and devices in Skype for Business Server 2015
Topic Last Modified: 2017-02-06
Summary: Review the supported devices while planning Skype for Business Server 2015.
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 2015 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.
Skype for Business Server 2015 supports several types of clients, including computer-installed client software, web-based clients, and clients for mobile devices. Each is introduced in this section. If you've previously used a combination of Lync clients, note that not all Lync clients have transitioned to Skype for Business. Updates take place regularly so check this topic periodically for the latest client information.
Skype for Business is the full-featured client for Skype for Business Server 2015. 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.
The Online Meeting Add-in for Skype for Business supports meeting management from within Microsoft Outlook messaging and collaboration client. The Online Meeting Add-in for Skype for Business software installs automatically with Skype for Business.
Skype for Business Web App is the web-based conferencing client for Skype for Business Server 2015 meetings. Meeting participants have access to all collaboration and sharing features and presenter meeting controls. If Skype for Business is not installed on a user’s computer and the user clicks a meeting link in a meeting request, Skype for Business Web App opens. You can also configure the Meeting Join page to allow users to join meetings by using previous versions of clients. Skype for Business Web App is the client of choice for participants outside your organization. With Skype for Business Web App, no local client installation is required, although audio, video, and sharing features require installation of a plug-in during first use.
Skype for Business Web App will be available later in 2015.
Skype for Business Web Scheduler is a web-based meeting scheduling and management tool for users 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 will be available later in 2015.
Skype for Business for mobile devices will be available later in 2015.
See the following articles to understand the supported platforms, operating systems, browsers, and integration required for Skype for Business clients.