skype for business

Differences Between Skype For Business P1 & P2

Skype for Business helps you to stay in touch with friends and family in your life away from work, you’ll appreciate the power and simplicity where it’s easy to find and connect with co-workers. And you can use the devices you already have to reach businesses through an enterprise-grade, secure, IT-managed platform.

Bye Bye... Skype For Business P1

Skype for Business Plan 1 is being retired from sale as of October 10. This means that you will no longer be able to acquire it, for Instant Messaging, Presence, and Peer-to-peer voice and video. These features will continue to be supported in all Office 365 offers that include Teams, including Office 365 F1. When your plan expires at the end of your current term, in order to have continued access to these features, you’ll have to switch to a different plan. We recommend that you evaluate the Office 365 F1 plan for users that currently have Skype for Business Plan 1 assigned.

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Lync to Skype for Business to Teams

From Lync to Skype to Teams

Microsoft Teams is now the primary client for messaging, meetings and calling in Office 365. Starting Oct. 1, 2018, new Office 365 customers with 500 seats or less will be onboarded to Microsoft Teams and will not have access to Skype for Business . Tenants that are already using Skype for Business will be able to continue doing so (including provisioning new users) until they complete their transition to Microsoft Teams.

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Differences between Skype For Business P1 & P2

 

Skype For Business Plan 1

Skype For Business Plan 2

Connect from Skype for Business desktop app or from webCheckmark to show what is includedCheckmark to show what is included
Schedule meetings in Outlook Tooltip IconCheckmark to show what is included 
Join anonymously from web browser or free mobile appsCheckmark to show what is includedCheckmark to show what is included
Share your presentation and transfer control to other meeting participantsCheckmark to show what is includedCheckmark to show what is included
Record audio and video callsCheckmark to show what is includedCheckmark to show what is included
Presence and group IMCheckmark to show what is includedCheckmark to show what is included
Transfer files in IMCheckmark to show what is includedCheckmark to show what is included
Audio and HD video calling to Skype for Business usersCheckmark to show what is includedCheckmark to show what is included
Advanced meeting options including Polls and Q&ACheckmark to show what is includedCheckmark to show what is included
Integration with on-premises communications systems, such as PBX and video teleconferencing systems Checkmark to show what is included
Enterprise-level support with 24/7 phone availability for all issues Checkmark to show what is included
24/7 phone support for critical issues, business hours availability for other issues Checkmark to show what is included

Skype for Business  Plan 2 licensed users will get the Basic client, not the Full client

If you want users to have the 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.

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