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.
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 Microsoft 365 offers that include Teams, including Microsoft 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 Microsoft 365 F1 plan for users that currently have Skype for Business Plan 1 assigned.
Microsoft Teams is now the primary client for messaging, meetings and calling in Microsoft 365. Starting Oct. 1, 2018, new Microsoft 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.
Skype For Business Plan 1
Skype For Business Plan 2
|Connect from Skype for Business desktop app or from web|
|Schedule meetings in Outlook|
|Join anonymously from web browser or free mobile apps|
|Share your presentation and transfer control to other meeting participants|
|Record audio and video calls|
|Presence and group IM|
|Transfer files in IM|
|Audio and HD video calling to Skype for Business users|
|Advanced meeting options including Polls and Q&A|
|Integration with on-premises communications systems, such as PBX and video teleconferencing systems|
|Enterprise-level support with 24/7 phone availability for all issues|
|24/7 phone support for critical issues, business hours availability for other issues|
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 Microsoft 365.