Mobile client comparison tables for Skype for Business

Skype for Business Server 2015
 

Topic Last Modified: 2017-01-09

Summary: Review the feature support for the mobile client while planning for Skype for Business Server 2015.

This article compares the features and capabilities among Skype for Business mobile clients and the Skype for Business desktop client in the following categories:

  • Sign-in, push notifications, and general features

  • Enhanced presence

  • Contacts and contact groups

  • Instant messaging (IM)

  • Skype for Business to Skype for Business audio and video

  • Conferencing

  • Telephony

  • External users

  • Archiving and compliance

The following tables list the features that are available to Skype for Business users in an on-premises deployment of Skype for Business Server 2015. The same features are also available to Skype for Business Online and Microsoft Office 365 users, unless otherwise indicated in the table footnotes.

noteNote:

 

Feature/capability

Skype for Business desktop client

Windows Phone

iOS

Android

Skype for Business session remains signed in

1

1

Support for push notifications

3

Account information for multiple users can be cached on the same device

     

Screen reader/voice over

2
English only

Use an external keyboard for accessibility

 

Skype for Business Certificate and passive authentication support for mobile clients (Skype for Business Server only)

 

Microsoft Customer Experience Improvement Program support 

1 On Windows Phone, Skype for Business signs out automatically after a period of inactivity, as follows:

  • If the user has enabled push notifications, Skype for Business signs out after 10 days of inactivity.

  • If the user has not enabled push notifications, Skype for Business signs out as soon as the user leaves the app.

On iOS devices, Skype for Business signs out automatically after the mobile client has not contacted the server for 10 days due to loss of network connectivity or other issues.

2 In app only.

3 Notifications are available when the app is running in the background.

 

Feature/capability

Skype for Business desktop client

Windows Phone

iOS

Android

Publish and view status

View status based on calendar free/busy information

View status notes and Out of Office messages

Add a custom location

     

Add a custom note

Publish status based on calendar free/busy information

1

     

Set manual presence state (such as Busy, Do Not Disturb, and so on)

1 Skype for Business mobile clients do not update a user’s presence based on the user’s free/busy calendar information. If a mobile client user is also signed in to the Skype for Business desktop client, the desktop client updates the user’s presence based on the user’s free/busy calendar information. If the user is signed in to a mobile client only, the user’s presence does not update based on free/busy calendar information.

 

Feature/capability

Skype for Business Lync 2013 desktop client

Windows Phone

iOS

Android

View Contacts list

View contact groups

View Frequent Contacts group

     

Modify Contacts list

Tag contacts for status change alerts

     

Control privacy relationships

     

Search the corporate address book

Search Contacts list

Manage contact groups

 

Expand distribution groups

Search for Response Groups

1

Display or hide contact photos

Pin a contact to your home screen

 

   

1 Not available to Skype for Business Online and/or Office 365 users.

 

Feature/capability

Skype for Business desktop client

Windows Phone

iOS

Android

Initiate instant messaging (IM) with a contact

Participate in multiparty IM

Invite others from within the conversation window

Display current conversations

Navigate among multiple IM conversations

Automatically log IM conversations in Exchange

Send an IM conversation as an email message

Initiate an email to a contact

View missed IM invitations

Vibrate with incoming IM

 

1

1 This device vibrates every time an IM is received even if the current message in the IM conversation is displayed

 

Feature/capability

Skype for Business desktop client

Windows Phone

iOS

Android

Skype for Business-to-Skype for Business voice

Skype for Business-to-Skype for Business video

noteNote:
Video on a mobile device requires a WiFi connection by default.

 

Feature/capability

Skype for Business desktop client

Windows Phone

iOS

Android

Click a link in the meeting reminder to join a video or VoIP meeting

Participate in multiparty IM

Use dial-out conferencing (server calls the mobile device)

1

1

1

1

Use dial-in audio conferencing

View meeting video

View multiparty video (gallery view)

 

 

Wait in meeting lobby

Use in-meeting presenter controls

     

Access detailed meeting roster for audio conferences

Access detailed meeting roster for IM conferences

Share desktop or program

View shared desktop or program

2

2

2

View shared PowerPoint files

2

2

2

Upload and present PowerPoint files

2

2

Use meeting tools (use whiteboard, conduct polls, share files)

Navigate a list of your meetings

Join a meeting even if you don’t have a Skype for Business account

View more information about meeting participants

Start an unscheduled group conversation with multiple participants directly from your client or device

1 For Office 365 users, this feature requires Enterprise Voice, which is part of the E5 license.

2Requires a WiFi connection by default.

 

Feature/capability

Skype for Business desktop client

Windows Phone

iOS

Android

In Skype for Business, tap the call icon to call a contact

Transfer a call

Consultative Transfer

3

Manage call forwarding

1

Manage team call settings

1

Manage delegates

1

Initiate a call to a Response Group

1

Support emergency services

2

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

1

Handle another contact’s calls, if configured as a delegate

1

1

1

1

Use Call via Work

1

Access voice mail

Use the keypad in Skype for Business

1

1 Available to Skype for Business Online and/or Office 365 E5 users, and users homed on Skype for Business Server 2015 or Lync 2013 with Enterprise Voice enabled.

2 For Skype for Business Online and/or Office 365 users, this feature is supported by Microsoft partners.

3 Windows Desktop client only.

 

Feature/capability

Skype for Business desktop client

Windows Phone

iOS

Android

Initiate IM with a public contact

Initiate IM with a federated contact

Conduct two-party calls with external users

Conduct multiparty calls with external users

Use Call via Work to reach a federated contact on their mobile phone by calling their published work number1

1 By default, federated users are assigned the External Contacts privacy relationship. To be able to reach a federated contact on their mobile phone by calling their published work number, the federated contact must manually assign you the Colleagues privacy relationship.

 

Feature/capability

Skype for Business desktop client

Windows Phone

iOS

Android

Call device address book contacts

Make Skype for Business calls to contacts directly from device address book

 

Feature/capability

Skype for Business desktop client

Windows Phone

iOS

Android

Provide client-side archiving

Provide client-side recording

1

1 Not available to Skype for Business Online and/or Office 365 users.

 
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