Benefitting from Skype for Business

By Rosemarie Withee, Ken Withee, Jennifer Reed

In the Office 365 small business plans (Business Essentials and Business Premium plans at $5 and $12.50/month/user respectively), users can have unlimited online meetings with IM and HD video conferencing capabilities using Skype for Business.

On the enterprise side, the E1, E3, and E5 plans ($8, $20, and $35/month/user respectively) also enjoy the same benefits as the small business plans but with added capabilities like meeting broadcast with up to 10,000 attendees and even a cloud-based PBX calling services for the E5 plan.

Skype for Business is integrated throughout the Office applications as well as Exchange Online and SharePoint Online. This means that you can quickly view your co-worker’s presence or availability status and initiate a conversation without leaving the Office application you’re currently using.

When the Office suite is installed on your desktop from your Office 365 subscription, the Skype for Business application is also installed. In most situations, you will enter your Office 365 credentials to log in to Skype for Business to start using the service. On a Windows smartphone, you have to manually download and install the Skype for Business app from the Store.

Skype for Business apps are also available for mobile devices running the iOS and Android operating systems, thus opening the door for users to seamlessly collaborate regardless of their choice of operating system.

By making the Skype for Business apps available on smartphones, users can attend Skype meetings anywhere. When the Internet is not available, users can still dial in to a meeting using their cellular connection.