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Skype for Business Online Service Description

 

Applies to: Office 365, Skype for Business Online

Topic Last Modified: 2016-07-29

Do you want to know what licenses you need to buy to get certain Skype for Business features? See the Skype for Business licensing overview.

Microsoft Skype for Business Online is a hosted communications service that connects people anytime and from virtually anywhere by delivering the collaboration capabilities of Skype for Business Server 2015 as a cloud-based service. It gives users access to presence, instant messaging, audio and video calling, rich online meetings, and extensive web conferencing capabilities.

Organizations that subscribe to Skype for Business Online retain control over the collaboration services they offer to users, but they do not have the operational burden of on-premises server software. With the Skype for Business Online multi-tenant hosted plans described in this document, Skype for Business is hosted on multi-tenant servers that support multiple customers simultaneously. These servers are housed in Microsoft data centers and are accessible to users on a wide range of devices from inside a corporate network or over the Internet.

To compare features across plans, see Compare Office 365 for Business plans.

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Skype for Business Online now includes PSTN Calling, PSTN Conferencing, Cloud PBX, and Skype Meeting Broadcast. For additional information about new features in Skype for Business Online, see Lync is now Skype for Business and What's new in Skype for Business.

Office 365 is available in a variety of plans in order to best meet the needs of your organization. For information about different plans, including standalone plan options and information on moving from one plan to another, see Office 365 Plan Options.

NoteNote:
Skype for Business Online is not available in Office 365 Enterprise K1 or Office 365 Government K1.

The following table lists Skype for Business Online feature availability across Office 365 options.

NoteNote:
These tables indicate client and service availability across Office 365 options. If you want to compare individual features among the various Skype for Business desktop clients, web clients, and mobile clients, see Skype for Business Online client comparison tables and Mobile Client Comparison Tables.

 

Feature

Skype for Business Server 2015

Office 365 Business Essentials

Office 365 Business Essentials for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Business

Office 365 Business for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Business Premium

Office 365 Business Premium for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Education

Office 365 Education for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Enterprise E1

Office 365 Government E1

Office 365 Enterprise E1 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Enterprise E3

Office 365 Government E3

Office 365 Enterprise E3 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Enterprise E4

Office 365 Government E4

Office 365 Enterprise E4 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Enterprise E5

Office 365 Enterprise K1

Office 365 Government K1

Office 365 Enterprise K1 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Clients for Skype for Business Online

Skype for Business

Yes

Yes1

Yes1

Yes1

Yes1, 12

Yes1, 12

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Lync 2013 Basic

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Skype for Business Windows Store app

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Lync for Mac 2011

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Skype for Business mobile clients

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Skype for Business Web App

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Instant Messaging, Presence, and Contacts

Skype for Business Server 2015

Office 365 Business Essentials

Office 365 Business Essentials for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Business

Office 365 Business for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Business Premium

Office 365 Business Premium for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Education

Office 365 Education for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Enterprise E1

Office 365 Government E1

Office 365 Enterprise E1 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Enterprise E3

Office 365 Government E3

Office 365 Enterprise E3 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Enterprise E4

Office 365 Government E4

Office 365 Enterprise E4 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Enterprise E5

Office 365 Enterprise K1

Office 365 Government K1

Office 365 Enterprise K1 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

PC-to-PC IM and Presence

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Multiparty IM and Presence

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Contact Card Configuration

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

My Picture Configuration

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

My Picture: URL Photo Experience

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Contact List Configuration

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Unified Contact Store

Yes10

Yes10

Yes10

Yes10

Yes10

Yes10

Yes10

Yes10

Yes10

No

Address Book Search

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Distribution List Expansion

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Persistent Chat

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Photos of Sender/Receiver

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Skype-to-Skype Audio, Video, and Media

Skype for Business Server 2015

Office 365 Business Essentials

Office 365 Business Essentials for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Business

Office 365 Business for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Business Premium

Office 365 Business Premium for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Education

Office 365 Education for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Enterprise E1

Office 365 Government E1

Office 365 Enterprise E1 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Enterprise E3

Office 365 Government E3

Office 365 Enterprise E3 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Enterprise E4

Office 365 Government E4

Office 365 Enterprise E4 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Enterprise E5

Office 365 Enterprise K1

Office 365 Government K1

Office 365 Enterprise K1 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Desktop Sharing

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Application Sharing

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

File Transfers

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Video

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Network Quality of Service (QoS) - Differentiated Services Code Point (DSCP)

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Federation and Public IM Connectivity

Skype for Business Server 2015

Office 365 Business Essentials

Office 365 Business Essentials for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Business

Office 365 Business for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Business Premium

Office 365 Business Premium for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Education

Office 365 Education for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Enterprise E1

Office 365 Government E1

Office 365 Enterprise E1 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Enterprise E3

Office 365 Government E3

Office 365 Enterprise E3 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Enterprise E4

Office 365 Government E4

Office 365 Enterprise E4 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Enterprise E5

Office 365 Enterprise K1

Office 365 Government K1

Office 365 Enterprise K1 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office Communications Server 2007 R2 and Lync Server 2010 (IM, Presence, Audio, Video, Conferencing)

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

XMPP (used by Google Talk, for example) and Sametime federation

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Skype federation

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

AOL and Yahoo! federation

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Skype for Business Online Meetings

Skype for Business Server 2015

Office 365 Business Essentials

Office 365 Business Essentials for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Business

Office 365 Business for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Business Premium

Office 365 Business Premium for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Education

Office 365 Education for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Enterprise E1

Office 365 Government E1

Office 365 Enterprise E1 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Enterprise E3

Office 365 Government E3

Office 365 Enterprise E3 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Enterprise E4

Office 365 Government E4

Office 365 Enterprise E4 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Enterprise E5

Office 365 Enterprise K1

Office 365 Government K1

Office 365 Enterprise K1 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Ad Hoc and Schedule Audio Conferencing

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Ad Hoc and Schedule Video Conferencing

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Active Speaker Video

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

H.264 Encoding and Decoding

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Multiparty Video

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

High Definition Video or Pictures of All Attendees

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Presenter Controls

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Participant Selected View

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

OneNote Sharing

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Ad Hoc and Schedule Web Conferencing

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Skype for Business meeting dial-in via PSTN Conferencing (first party)

No

No

No

No

No

No7

No7

No7

Yes

No

Skype for Business meeting dial-in via Certified Audio Conferencing Provider (ACP)

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Desktop Sharing

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Application Sharing

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

PowerPoint Sharing

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

File Transfer

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Whiteboard and Annotations

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

PowerPoint Upload

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Polling

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Client-Side Recording and Playback

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Server-Side Recording and Playback

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Meeting Lobby

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Skype Meeting Broadcast

No

No

No

No

No

Yes6, 7

Yes6, 7

Yes7

Yes

No

Guest Access to Skype Meetings with Skype for Business Web App

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Schedule Skype for Business Meetings in Outlook

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Schedule Skype for Business Meetings in Outlook on Behalf of Others (Delegation)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Schedule Skype for Business Meetings with Web Scheduler

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Schedule Online Meetings in Outlook Web App

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Outlook Delegation for Scheduling Meetings

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Create public meetings with static meeting IDs from Outlook

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Voice calling

Skype for Business Server 2015

Office 365 Business Essentials

Office 365 Business Essentials for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Business

Office 365 Business for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Business Premium

Office 365 Business Premium for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Education

Office 365 Education for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Enterprise E1

Office 365 Government E1

Office 365 Enterprise E1 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Enterprise E3

Office 365 Government E3

Office 365 Enterprise E3 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Enterprise E4

Office 365 Government E4

Office 365 Enterprise E4 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Enterprise E5

Office 365 Enterprise K1

Office 365 Government K1

Office 365 Enterprise K1 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Busy options

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Branch office survivability

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Call admission control

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Call answer/initiate

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Call delegation

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

No

Call forwarding and simultaneous ring

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

Yes

No

Call history

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Call hold/retrieve

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Call park

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Call transfer (blind, consult, and mobile)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Caller ID

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Call waiting

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Camp-on

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Clients for PC, Mac, and mobile

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Device switching

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Distinctive ringing

Yes

No

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Do-not-disturb routing

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Emergency calling - static location

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

No

Emergency calling - dynamic location

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Enterprise calendar call routing

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Extension dialing

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Group call pickup

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Hunt groups/call queues and treatment

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Integrated dial-pad

Yes

No

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Location-based routing

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Music on hold

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Outbound DID manipulation

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Private line

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Qualified IP desk phones

Yes

No

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Shared line appearance

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Skype and federated calling

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Team calling

Yes

No

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Video call monitor

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Voicemail

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

No

Skype for Business PSTN Calling (domestic plan, with required add-on purchase)

No

No

No

No

No

Yes7, 8

Yes7, 8

No7

Yes

No

Skype for Business PSTN Calling (international plan, with required add-on purchase)

No

No

No

No

No

Yes7, 8

Yes7, 8

No7

Yes

No

PSTN consumption billing

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

No

Skype for Business Voice

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Security and Archiving

Skype for Business Server 2015

Office 365 Business Essentials

Office 365 Business Essentials for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Business

Office 365 Business for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Business Premium

Office 365 Business Premium for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Education

Office 365 Education for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Enterprise E1

Office 365 Government E1

Office 365 Enterprise E1 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Enterprise E3

Office 365 Government E3

Office 365 Enterprise E3 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Enterprise E4

Office 365 Government E4

Office 365 Enterprise E4 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Enterprise E5

Office 365 Enterprise K1

Office 365 Government K1

Office 365 Enterprise K1 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

IM and Media Encryption

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

IM and File Filtering

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Client Version Control

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

IM Content Archiving

Yes

No4

No4

No4

No4

No4

Yes10

Yes10

Yes

No

Conference Content Archiving

Yes

No4

No4

No4

No4

No4

Yes10

Yes10

Yes

No

Application Sharing, and Desktop Sharing Archiving

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

User Level Archiving Configuration4

Yes

No4

No4

No4

No4

No4

Yes10

Yes10

Yes

No

Login Trace Files

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Exchange and SharePoint Interoperability

Skype for Business Server 2015

Office 365 Business Essentials

Office 365 Business Essentials for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Business

Office 365 Business for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Business Premium

Office 365 Business Premium for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Education

Office 365 Education for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Enterprise E1

Office 365 Government E1

Office 365 Enterprise E1 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Enterprise E3

Office 365 Government E3

Office 365 Enterprise E3 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Enterprise E4

Office 365 Government E4

Office 365 Enterprise E4 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Enterprise E5

Office 365 Enterprise K1

Office 365 Government K1

Office 365 Enterprise K1 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Presence Interoperability with Exchange Server

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Presence Interoperability with Exchange Online

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Unified Messaging interoperability with Exchange Server

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Unified Messaging interoperability with Exchange Online

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

No

Yes10

No

No

Outlook Web App interoperability

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Archiving interoperability with Exchange Server

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Archiving interoperability with Exchange Online

Yes

Yes10

Yes10

Yes10

Yes10

Yes10

Yes10

Yes10

Yes

No

Skill Search with SharePoint Server

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Skill Search with SharePoint Online

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Skype for Business Online Administration and Management

Skype for Business Server 2015

Office 365 Business Essentials

Office 365 Business Essentials for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Business

Office 365 Business for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Business Premium

Office 365 Business Premium for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Education

Office 365 Education for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Enterprise E1

Office 365 Government E1

Office 365 Enterprise E1 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Enterprise E3

Office 365 Government E3

Office 365 Enterprise E3 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Enterprise E4

Office 365 Government E4

Office 365 Enterprise E4 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Office 365 Enterprise E5

Office 365 Enterprise K1

Office 365 Government K1

Office 365 Enterprise K1 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet9

Microsoft Office 365 portal

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Microsoft Office 365 admin center

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Skype for Business admin center

Yes

Yes

Yes5

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Windows PowerShell

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Skype for Business Online reporting in Office 365 admin center

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

NoteNote:
1 The Skype for Business (Lync) client is supported for use with these subscription options, but it is not included. Lync 2013 Basic is available for all customers. The Lync Basic desktop client is a locally installed application that provides presence, instant messaging and conferencing features for Office 365 plans that include Skype for Business Online. Office 365 ProPlus, Office 365 Enterprise E3 and Office 365 Enterprise E4 include the full Skype for Business (Lync) application, which include additional features including advanced telephony support, archiving & compliance features. A Skype for Business Online license must be assigned for each user. For more information on Lync Basic features, see Clients for Skype for Business Online.
2 A Skype for Business Online Plan 1 user may participate in a sharing session if they are invited by a Skype for Business Online Plan 2 user.
3 Requires a qualified device; see Phones and Devices Qualified for Skype for Business Online.
4 Archiving for Skype for Business Online depends upon the Exchange In-Place Hold feature, which is not included in this plan.
5 Only accessible through the Skype for Business admin center management interface.
6 Available only in Enterprise SKUs.
7 Available only to .gov organizations that are not part of the government community cloud (GCC).
8 You must assign an Exchange Online (Plan 2) plan to users who you want to have voice mail. An Exchange Online (Plan 1) plan can't be used for voice mail.
9 The Office 365 operated by 21Vianet version of Office 365 is specific to China.
10 Not available in Office 365 operated by 21Vianet.
11 Available in Office 365 operated by 21Vianet.
12 In Office 365 operated by 21Vianet, the Skype for Business client is supported for use with these subscription options, but it is not included. To access multiparty video (gallery view), OneNote meeting notes, recording, and calendar delegation features, users must have rights to the full Skype for Business client. You can obtain the full Skype for Business client by purchasing Office 2013 Professional Plus.
13 This feature is temporarily unavailable in Office 365 operated by 21Vianet.
14 In Office 365 operated by 21Vianet, tenants with a standalone Skype for Business plan can access reporting features if the tenant also has at least one active Exchange license, such as Exchange Online Plan 1 or Exchange Online Plan 2.

The following table lists Skype for Business Online feature availability across standalone plans.

NoteNote:
Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 2 licensed users will get the Skype for Business Basic client, not the full Skype for Business client. If you want users to have the Skype for Business client, you will need to upgrade them to a license that includes it, such as an Enterprise-based license. To deploy the Skype for Business client to your users, see Deploy the Skype for Business client in Office 365.

 

Feature

Skype for Business Server 2015

Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 1

Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 1 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet8

Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 2

Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 2 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet8

Clients for Skype for Business Online

Skype for Business

Yes

Yes1, 10

Yes1, 10

Lync 2013 Basic

Yes

Yes

Yes

Skype for Business Windows Store app

Yes

Yes

Yes

Lync for Mac 2011

Yes

Yes

Yes

Skype for Business mobile clients

Yes

Yes

Yes

Skype for Business Web App

Yes

Yes

Yes

Instant Messaging, Presence, and Contacts

Skype for Business Server 2015

Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 1

Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 1 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet8

Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 2

Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 2 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet8

PC-to-PC IM and Presence

Yes

Yes

Yes

Multiparty IM and Presence

Yes

Yes

Yes

Contact Card Configuration

Yes

Yes

Yes

My Picture Configuration

Yes

Yes

Yes

My Picture: URL Photo Experience

Yes

No

No

Contact List Configuration

Yes

Yes

Yes

Unified Contact Store

Yes

Yes9

Yes9

Address Book Search

Yes

Yes

Yes

Distribution List Expansion

Yes

Yes

Yes

Persistent Chat

Yes

No

No

Photos of Sender/Receiver

Yes

Yes

Yes

Skype-to-Skype Audio, Video, and Media

Skype for Business Server 2015

Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 1

Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 1 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet8

Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 2

Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 2 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet8

Desktop Sharing

Yes

No2

Yes

Application Sharing

Yes

No2

Yes

File Transfers

Yes

Yes

Yes

Voice

Yes

Yes9

Yes9

Video

Yes

Yes

Yes

Media path optimization

Yes

No

No

Network Quality of Service (QoS) - Differentiated Services Code Point (DSCP)

Yes

No

No

Federation and Public IM Connectivity

Skype for Business Server 2015

Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 1

Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 1 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet8

Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 2

Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 2 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet8

Office Communications Server 2007 R2 and Lync Server 2010 (IM, Presence, Audio, Video, Conferencing)

Yes

Yes

Yes

XMPP (used by Google Talk, for example) and Sametime federation

Yes

No

No

Skype federation

Yes

Yes

Yes

AOL and Yahoo! federation

Yes

No

No

Skype for Business Online Meetings

Skype for Business Server 2015

Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 1

Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 1 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet8

Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 2

Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 2 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet8

Ad Hoc and Schedule Audio Conferencing

Yes

No

Yes

Ad Hoc and Schedule Video Conferencing

Yes

No

Yes

Active Speaker Video

Yes

No

Yes

H.264 Encoding and Decoding

Yes

No

Yes

Multiparty Video

Yes

No

Yes

High Definition Video or Pictures of All Attendees

Yes

No

Yes

Presenter Controls

Yes

No

Yes

Participant Selected View

Yes

No

Yes

OneNote Sharing

Yes

No

Yes

Ad Hoc and Schedule Web Conferencing

Yes

No

Yes

Dial-in PSTN Conferencing via Certified Audio Conferencing Provider (ACP)

No

No

Yes9

Desktop Sharing

Yes

No2

Yes

Application Sharing

Yes

No2

Yes

PowerPoint Sharing

Yes

No

Yes

File Transfer

Yes

No

Yes

Whiteboard and Annotations

Yes

No

Yes

PowerPoint Upload

Yes

No

Yes

Polling

Yes

No

Yes

Client-Side Recording and Playback

Yes

No

Yes1

Server-Side Recording and Playback

No

No

No

Meeting Lobby

Yes

No

Yes

Guest Access to Skype for Business Meetings with Skype for Business Web App

Yes

No

Yes

Schedule Skype for Business Meetings in Outlook

Yes

No

Yes

Schedule Skype for Business Meetings in Outlook on Behalf of Others (Delegation)

Yes

No

Yes

Schedule Skype for Business Meetings with Web Scheduler

Yes

No

Yes

Schedule Online Meetings in Outlook Web App

Yes

No

Yes

Outlook Delegation for Scheduling Meetings

Yes

No

Yes

Create public meetings with static meeting IDs from Outlook

Yes

No

No

Security and Archiving

Skype for Business Server 2015

Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 1

Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 1 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet8

Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 2

Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 2 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet8

IM and Media Encryption

Yes

Yes

Yes

IM and File Filtering

Yes

No

No

Client Version Control

Yes

Yes

Yes

IM Content Archiving

Yes

No4

No4

Conference Content Archiving

Yes

No4

No4

Application Sharing, and Desktop Sharing Archiving

Yes

No

No

User Level Archiving Configuration11

Yes

No4

No4

Login Trace Files

Yes

Yes

Yes

Exchange and SharePoint Interoperability

Skype for Business Server 2015

Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 1

Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 1 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet8

Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 2

Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 2 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet8

Presence Interoperability with Exchange Server

Yes

Yes

Yes

Presence Interoperability with Exchange Online

Yes

Yes7

Yes

Unified Messaging interoperability with Exchange Server

Yes

No

No

Unified Messaging interoperability with Exchange Online

Yes

No

No

Outlook Web App interoperability

Yes

Yes7

Yes

Archiving interoperability with Exchange Server

Yes

No

No

Archiving interoperability with Exchange Online

Yes

Yes9

Yes9

Skill Search with SharePoint Server

Yes

No

No

Skill Search with SharePoint Online

No

No

No

Skype for Business Online Administration and Management

Skype for Business Server 2015

Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 1

Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 1 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet8

Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 2

Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 2 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet8

Microsoft Office 365 portal

No

Yes

Yes

Microsoft Office 365 admin center

No

Yes

Yes

Skype for Business admin center

Yes

Yes

Yes

Windows PowerShell

Yes

Yes

Yes

Skype for Business Online reporting in Office 365 admin center

No

No6

No6

NoteNote:
1 The Skype for Business (Lync) client is supported for use with these subscription options, but it is not included. Lync 2013 Basic is available for all customers. The Lync Basic desktop client is a locally installed application that provides presence, instant messaging and conferencing features for Office 365 plans that include Skype for Business Online. Office 365 ProPlus, Office 365 Enterprise E3 and Office 365 Enterprise E4 include the full Skype for Business (Lync) application, which include additional features including advanced telephony support, archiving & compliance features. A Skype for Business Online license must be assigned for each user. For more information on Lync Basic features, see Clients for Skype for Business Online
2 A Skype for Business Online Plan 1 user may participate in a sharing session if they are invited by a Skype for Business Online Plan 2 user.
3 Requires a qualified device; see Phones and Devices Qualified for Skype for Business Online.
4 Archiving for Skype for Business Online depends upon the Exchange In-Place Hold feature, which is not included in this plan.
5 Only accessible through the Skype for Business admin center management interface.
6   Tenants with a standalone Skype for Business Online plan can access reporting features if the tenant also has at least one active Exchange license, such as Exchange Online Plan 1 or Exchange Online Plan 2.
7 Not supported if Exchange Online was purchased as part of a kiosk plan.
8 The Office 365 operated by 21Vianet version of Office 365 is specific to China.
9 Not available in Office 365 operated by 21Vianet.

The following table shows licensing options for Skype Meeting Broadcast, PSTN Conferencing, and PSTN Calling.

 

Office 365 plan

Skype for Business Online features

Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 2

Skype Meeting Broadcast

  • For Organizer, Producer, Event Team member, and authenticated attendees, an Office 365 license is required.

  • For anonymous attendees, an Office 365 license is not required.

With Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 2 or any Office 365 suites that contain Plan 2, the following add-ons are available:

  • PSTN Conferencing (available in limited countries).

  • Cloud PBX.

    NoteNote:
    When purchased by itself without PSTN calling plans, Cloud PBX enables hybrid voice capability only. Hybrid voice requires an on-premise customer hybrid voice deployment to enable PSTN calling using your existing PSTN service provider(s). The following Cloud PBX add-ons are available to enable inbound and outbound PSTN calling using Microsoft as your PSTN service provider:
    • PSTN Domestic Calling Plan (available in limited countries)

    • PSTN Domestic and International Calling Plan (available in limited countries)

Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 3

Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 3.

NoteNote:
This plan is used only for third-party voice service providers and does not provide any Skype for Business Online PSTN services such as PSTN conferencing, Cloud PBX, PSTN domestic calling plans, or international calling plans.

Office 365 Business Premium with Voice

  • Skype Meeting Broadcast:

    • For Organizer, Producer, Event Team member, and authenticated attendees, an Office 365 license is required.

    • For anonymous attendees, an Office 365 license is not required.

  • Skype for Business Online PSTN Conferencing (in countries where available).

  • Skype for Business Online Cloud PBX.

    NoteNote:
    When purchased by itself without PSTN Calling Plans, Cloud PBX enables hybrid voice capability only. Hybrid voice requires a customer on-premise hybrid voice deployment to enable PSTN calling using your existing PSTN service provider(s). The following Cloud PBX add-ons are available to enable inbound and outbound PSTN calling using Microsoft as your PSTN service provider:
    • PSTN Domestic Calling Plan (available in limited countries).

    • PSTN Domestic and International Calling Plan (available in limited countries).

Office 365 Enterprise E1

Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 2 (see Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 2 above for included features).

Office 365 Enterprise E3

Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 2 (see Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 2 above for included features).

Office 365 Enterprise E4

Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 2 (see Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 2 above for included features).

Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 3 (see Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 3 above for included features).

Office 365 Enterprise E5 with PSTN Conferencing

  • Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 2 is included (see Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 2 above for included features)

  • Skype for Business Online PSTN Conferencing is included.

  • Skype for Business Online Cloud PBX is included.

    NoteNote:
    When purchased by itself without PSTN Calling Plans, Cloud PBX enables hybrid voice capability only. Hybrid voice requires a customer on-premise hybrid voice deployment to enable PSTN calling using your existing PSTN service provider(s). The following Cloud PBX add-ons are available to enable inbound and outbound PSTN calling using Microsoft as your PSTN service provider:
    • PSTN Domestic calling plan (available in limited countries).

    • PSTN domestic and international calling plan (available in limited countries).

Office 365 Enterprise E5 without PSTN Conferencing

  • Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 2 is included (see Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 2 above for included features).

  • Skype for Business Online Cloud PBX is included.

    NoteNote:
    When purchased by itself without PSTN calling plans, Cloud PBX enables hybrid voice capability only. Hybrid voice requires an on-premise customer hybrid voice deployment to enable PSTN calling using your existing PSTN service provider(s). The following Cloud PBX add-ons are available to enable inbound and outbound PSTN calling using Microsoft as your PSTN service provider:
    • PSTN domestic calling plan (available in limited countries).

    • PSTN domestic and international calling plan (available in limited countries).

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