Skype for Business Server 2015


Topic Last Modified: 2016-12-08

Summary: Explore these links to learn how to implement Skype for Business Server 2015.

Lync is now Skype for Business, a communications and collaboration platform that brings together a client experience inspired by Skype with the enterprise-grade security, compliance, and control of Lync. Skype for Business offers features including presence, IM, voice and video calls, and online meetings. Skype for Business provides a new client experience, a new server release, and updates to the service in Office 365. If users in your organization are already familiar with Skype, they'll appreciate the power and simplicity of Skype for Business where it's easy to find and connect with co-workers. If users in your organization are coming to Skype for Business from Lync, they'll recognize all of the features they already use but in a fresh new interface with simplified controls and new additions. In addition to the new client experience, Skype for Business Server provides several new features to improve manageability of on-premises servers and hybrid solutions.

Skype for Business also supports the Lync client experience so that you can choose a phased upgrade approach to the new client experience for your users. For example, you might want to deploy the Lync client experience until users in your organization are fully trained in the new Skype for Business experience, or until all users are upgraded to the new server.

The following table lists the topics in the Skype for Business Server documentation library, and provides links to other information resources, including downloadable content, blogs, videos, and a contact link that you can use to ask questions and provide feedback.

Writers update articles on a continuing basis as new information becomes available and as users provide feedback. This page will be updated frequently, so check back often.


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Getting Started

To get started learning about Skype for Business, you'll want to read the following articles about new features and functionality:

Before beginning your deployment, be sure to read the planning content: Plan for your Skype for Business Server 2015 deployment.

If you are upgrading from a previous release of Lync Server, be sure to read Plan to upgrade to Skype for Business Server 2015.

Prepare for the dual client experience

If you want to compare the features and capabilities of Skype for Business clients, and then learn more about the dual client experience, be sure to read the following:

Learn about Skype Meeting Broadcast

If you want to know more about Skype Meeting Broadcast, a new Office 365 online service for managing large meetings, see the following topics:

Readiness sessions on Infopedia

The following readiness sessions are available on Infopedia. Registration is required:

Training materials

You can find training materials, including articles and Quick Start Guides, on the Learning Center.

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The following articles describe how to plan for, deploy, and use all the features of Skype for Business Server.

Skype for Business Server 2015 content for IT Pros

You'll find content for IT Pros on TechNet. The following articles are good places to start:

Skype for Business Online content for Office 365 admins

Information about Skype for Business Online is available at If you want to know more about the Office 365 service, and whether a hybrid solution is right for your organization, read the following:

Skype for Business clients

Information about the Skype for Business desktop clients is available at Here are some resources that can help you get your end users ready for Skype for Business:

Information for developers

Information for developers can be found on the

  • Skype Developer Platform includes links to Unified Communications Managed API (UCMA 5.0), Unified Communications Web API (UCWA 2.0), and Skype Web SDK.

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Tools for Skype for Business

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Watch subject matter experts walk through tasks and dynamically explain Skype for Business-related concepts:

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Search Office blogs and Skype team blog for the latest news about Skype for Business.

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