Skype for Business client compatibility

 

Topic Last Modified: 2016-08-17

This section describes the compatibility of Skype for Business with various versions of Microsoft Office suites, Microsoft Exchange Server, Windows operating systems, and selected public instant messaging (IM) clients.

The following table describes the Skype for Business features that are supported by various versions of Office.

Skype for Business and Microsoft Office Compatibility

Feature Microsoft Office 2010 Microsoft Office 2013 Microsoft Office 2015

Customize Outlook meeting invitations (add logo, help URL, disclaimer, footer text)

No

Yes

Yes

In Outlook, configure meeting option to mute attendee audio and video by default

No

Yes

Yes

Unified Contact Store for managing Contacts lists across Office and Lync

No

Yes (requires Exchange 2013)1

Yes (requires Exchange 2013 or later)1

High-resolution pictures

No

Yes (requires Exchange 2013)1

Yes (requires Exchange 2013 or later)1

Lync 2013 setup integrated into the Office setup program

No

Yes

Yes

OneNote shared notes

No

Yes

Yes

PowerPoint presentation content

Yes

Yes

Yes

Presence status in the Microsoft Outlook To and Cc fields

Yes

Yes

Yes

Reply with conference call from the availability menu

Yes (from the contact card)

Yes (from the contact card)

Yes

Presence status in a meeting request on the Scheduling Assistant tab

Yes

Yes

Yes

Reply with IM, or call from the toolbar or ribbon in a received email message

Yes

Yes

Yes

Presence status in the Outlook From field

Yes

Yes

Yes

Reply with IM or voice from availability menu

Yes (from the contact card)

Yes (from the contact card)

Yes (from the contact card)

IM and presence in Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel files (smart tags enabled)

Microsoft Word only

Microsoft Word only

Microsoft Word only

IM and presence in Microsoft SharePoint sites (Outlook must be installed)

Yes

Yes

Yes

1 For more information, see Integrate Skype for Business Server 2015 with Exchange Server in the Planning documentation.

The following features are available only with Office 2010, Office 2013, or Office 2015:

  • Contact card with expanded options, such as video call and desktop sharing

  • Quick search from the Find a Contact field in Outlook

  • Reply with an IM or call from the Outlook Home ribbon in the Mail, Calendar, Contacts, and Tasks folders

  • Skype for Business Contacts list in Outlook To-Do Bar

  • Office Backstage (File tab) presence status, program sharing, and file transfer

  • Presence menu in Microsoft Office SharePoint Workspace 2010 (formerly Microsoft Office Groove 2007)

  • Presence menu extensibility

The following table describes Skype for Business support for various versions of Exchange Server. Outlook must be installed on the client computer to handle Extended MAPI calls, and some features require the use of Exchange Web Services (EWS).

Skype for Business and Exchange Server Compatibility

Exchange Server version Skype for Business support

Exchange Server 2016

Same as Exchange Server 2013 support

Exchange Server 2013

Same as Exchange Server 2010 support, with the addition of Unified Contact Store, high-resolution pictures, and archiving integration.

Exchange Server 2010

The following features are available only through EWS:

  • Read or delete items in the Conversation History folder

  • Read or delete voice mail items

  • Display extended free/busy information and meeting subject and location

  • Exchange contact sync

Public folders are optional in Exchange Server 2010.

For information about Skype for Business and Windows supportability, see Client software support in the Planning documentation.

Skype for Business Server 2015 supports certain clients on computers that are running Macintosh operating systems. For details, see Client software support in the Planning documentation.

If you have configured your server for public IM connectivity, Skype for Business supports the following capabilities with public IM networks. Presence status is filtered to those presence states supported by the public IM client. For details, see Planning for public instant messaging connectivity in Skype for Business Server in the Planning documentation and Manage external access policy in Lync Server 2013 in the Operations documentation.

In addition, the XMPP integration feature of Skype for Business Server 2015 lets users exchange instant messages and presence information with users of public IM providers that use Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol, such as Google Talk. For details, see Planning for extensible messaging and presence protocol (XMPP) federation in Skype for Business Server in the Planning documentation.

Skype for Business and Public IM Clients Compatibility

Client Supported Capabilities

Windows Live Messenger

IM, basic presence, audio/video (A/V)*

Skype

IM, basic presence, audio

AOL

IM and basic presence

Yahoo!

IM and basic presence

Google Talk

IM and basic presence

*A/V is supported with the latest version of Windows Live Messenger. If you are implementing audio/video (A/V) federation with Windows Live Messenger, you must also modify the server encryption level. By default, the encryption level is Required. You must change this setting to Supported by using the Skype for Business Server Management Shell.

importantImportant:
  • As of September 1st, 2012, the Microsoft Lync Public IM Connectivity User Subscription License (“PIC USL”) is no longer available for purchase for new or renewing agreements. Customers with active licenses will be able to continue to federate with Yahoo! Messenger until the service shut down date. An end of life date of June 2014 for AOL and Yahoo! has been announced. For details, see Support for public instant messenger connectivity in Lync Server 2013.

  • The PIC USL is a per-user per-month subscription license that is required for Skype for Business Server or Lync Server to federate with Yahoo! Messenger. Microsoft’s ability to provide this service has been contingent upon support from Yahoo!, the underlying agreement for which is winding down.

  • More than ever, Skype for Business is a powerful tool for connecting across organizations and with individuals around the world. Federation with Windows Live Messenger requires no additional user/device licenses beyond the Skype for Business Standard CAL.

 
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