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Microsoft® Skype for Business Features

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Skype for Business is a next-generation cloud communications service that connects people in new ways, anytime, from virtually anywhere. Transform your interactions with colleagues, customers and partners from today’s hit-and-miss communication to a more collaborative, engaging, and effective experience.

Microsoft Skype for Business, allows you to find and quickly connect with the right person through instant messaging (IM), Skype video calls or online meetings - all within the Office applications you already use every day:
• Connect from virtually anywhere
• Conduct online meetings
• Share your desktop, whiteboard and presentations
• Click-to-communicate

Instant Messaging (IM) & Presence - Identify a contact’s availability and send secure instant messages and files to individuals or groups. Easily escalate from an instant message to an online meeting.

Click-to-Communicate - Connect presence and real-time collaboration capabilities with Microsoft Office Outlook®, Office SharePoint® and other Office applications.

Online Meetings - Whether scheduled in Outlook or ad hoc, Skype for Business users can collaborate and share information with the following tools:

  • Audio and video
  • Desktop, application and PowerPoint sharing
  • Virtual whiteboard
  • Annotations
  • Polling tool

Skype-to-Skype Audio & Video Calling - Make 1-to-1 computer-based audio and video calls to other Skype for Business and Lync users using a PC and a web camera.

Integrated Audio Conferencing - When you purchase Skype for Business through InterCall, you get a service that is combined with our Reservationless-Plus® audio conferencing platform, which delivers enhanced in-meeting call controls and provides the ability for participants to join using landlines or mobile phones from nearly anywhere:

  • Conference call scheduling via Outlook
  • PSTN dial-in and dial-out
  • Mute/unmute
  • Lock/unlock
  • End conference
  • *0 in-call support
  • Mixed Skype for Business/Reservationless-Plus recording

Collaborate within SharePoint sites - See presence information and IM contacts from within Windows SharePoint Services and SharePoint Server sites.

Federation - See presence information and IM contacts from within Windows SharePoint Services and SharePoint Server sites.

Communicate with Windows Live Messenger Contact - Connect with Windows Live Messenger contacts using IM and audio and video calls directly from Skype for Business and Lync.

Multi-Party Audio/Video Sessions - Connect three or more users via audio or high quality video sessions.

File Transfer - Transfer large files as part of a Skype for Business session without using email and clogging mail boxes.

Distribution Lists - Add email distribution lists to Contact Lists so that instant messages may be sent to individual members of a list or the entire group.

IM Security - Built into Skype for Business, the Intelligent Instant Message Filter (IIMF) protects both the customer network and the Microsoft managed network against the spread of the most common viruses and spam.

Lync Attendee Client - Lets external users join a scheduled online meeting with full fidelity PC-audio, video, and data sharing even if they are not a subscriber to Skype for Business.

Note: Skype for Business is fully compatible with Lync. All feature functionality is shared across both platforms.

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