Mobile client comparison tables for Skype for Business

Skype for Business Server 2015
 

Topic Last Modified: 2017-04-14

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.

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Feature/capability

Skype for Business desktop client

Windows Phone

iOS

Android

Skype for Business session remains signed in

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Support for push notifications

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

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Screen reader/voice over

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English only

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Use an external keyboard for accessibility

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

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Microsoft Customer Experience Improvement Program support 

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read footnote 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.

read footnote 2 In app only.

read footnote 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

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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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Publish status based on calendar free/busy information

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

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read footnote 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

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View contact groups

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View Frequent Contacts group

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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 Contacts list

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Manage contact groups

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Expand distribution groups

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Search for Response Groups

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Display or hide contact photos

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Pin a contact to your home screen

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

 

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Skype for Business desktop client

Windows Phone

iOS

Android

Initiate instant messaging (IM) with a contact

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Participate in multiparty IM

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Invite others from within the conversation window

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Display current conversations

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Navigate among multiple IM conversations

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Automatically log IM conversations in Exchange

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Send an IM conversation as an email message

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Initiate an email to a contact

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View missed IM invitations

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Vibrate with incoming IM

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read footnote 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

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Skype for Business-to-Skype for Business video

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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

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Participate in multiparty IM

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

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Use dial-in audio conferencing

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View meeting video

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View multiparty video (gallery view)

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Wait in meeting lobby

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Use in-meeting presenter controls

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Access detailed meeting roster for audio conferences

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Access detailed meeting roster for IM conferences

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Share desktop or program

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View shared desktop or program

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View shared PowerPoint files

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Upload and present PowerPoint files

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

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Navigate a list of your meetings

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

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View more information about meeting participants

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

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

read footnote 2 Requires 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

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Transfer a call

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Consultative Transfer

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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

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

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

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Use Call via Work

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Access voice mail

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Use the keypad in Skype for Business

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read footnote 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.

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

read footnote 3 Windows Desktop client only.

 

Feature/capability

Skype for Business desktop client

Windows Phone

iOS

Android

Initiate IM with a public contact

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Initiate IM with a federated contact

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Conduct two-party calls with external users

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Conduct multiparty calls with external users

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Use Call via Work to reach a federated contact on their mobile phone by calling their published work number read footnote 1

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read footnote 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

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

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Feature/capability

Skype for Business desktop client

Windows Phone

iOS

Android

Provide client-side archiving

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Provide client-side recording

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