Skype for Business client compatibility

 

Topic Last Modified: 2016-11-22

Understand the ways you can access Skype for Business features from Outlook and other Microsoft Office applications.

This topic describes the compatibility of Skype for Business with various versions of Microsoft Office suites.

The following table describes the Skype for Business features that are supported by various versions of Office once Exchange is deployed and integrated as described in Integrate Skype for Business Server 2015 with Exchange Server.

Skype for Business and Microsoft Office Compatibility

Feature Microsoft Office 2010 Microsoft Office 2013, 2015, and 2016

Outlook features

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

No

Yes

Configure meeting option to mute attendee audio and video by default

No

Yes

Unified Contact Store for managing Contacts lists across Office and Skype for Business

No

Yes (requires Exchange 2013 or later)

High-resolution profile pictures

No

Yes (requires Exchange 2013 or later)

Presence status in the Microsoft Outlook To and Cc fields

Yes

Yes

Setup integrated into the Office setup program

No

Yes

OneNote shared notes

No

Yes

PowerPoint presentation content

Yes

Yes

(VBSS also available)

Reply with conference call from the availability menu

Yes (from the contact card)

Yes (from the contact card)

Presence status in a meeting request on the Scheduling Assistant tab

Yes

Yes

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

Yes

Yes

Presence status in the Outlook From field

Yes

Yes

Reply with IM or voice from availability menu

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

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

Yes

Yes

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

  • 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.

 
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