Skype for Business


Professional online meeting software

Skype for Business is an enterprise software that offers instant messaging, audio calling, and voice conferencing capabilities. It was designed by Microsoft for the Microsoft Office suite. This allows you to retrieve your contact list from local directory services such as the Microsoft Exchange Server and Microsoft Outlook. All forms of communication held on this program are protected by the Skype for Business Server, ensuring that all messages, calls, and files are kept in the corporate intranet. While geared towards businesses or corporations, Skype for Business only uses 100 MB of hard disk space. The program is compatible with Windows computers running Windows 8/8.1/10 as well as Apple and Android devices. 

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Operating System SupportWindows 8, Windows 7, Windows 8.1
Current LanguageEnglish
Available LanguagesEnglish, Spanish, German, Arabic, Greek, Turkish, Portuguese, Italian, Korean, Japanese, Czech, French, Chinese, Polish, Dutch, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, Hindi
DateFriday, April 17th 2020
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Enterprised-centered features 

Skype for Business offers productivity features that will help you run your business. This includes status updates that let you see who is available, attending a meeting or giving a presentation. You can rest assured that your conversations and files are encrypted with Transport Layer Security and Secure Real-time Transport Protocol as well as Session Initiation Protocol to set up and terminate audio and video calls. Together, they provide privacy and data integrity between Skype for Business users and other instant messaging applications. 

Frequent users of Skype will see that this enterprise platform appears similar to its commercial counterpart, including the Contacts list, presence indicators, keys, and icons. You will also hear the same app sounds on this program. The difference between Skype for Business and Skype is that it has the former also includes the features of Lync, Microsoft’s former unified communication solution. One feature is the Quick Action buttons which are designed to send a chat or call request in one tap. Other commands are presented in the Skype Meeting window. 

It offers a simplified arrangement of controls and menus, making it accessible to select the command you need. This includes tabbed conversations that help you keep track of several discussions simultaneously. The chat text is also formatted to allow you to see what was sent and who sent it. For example, the file transfer preview displays the file’s name and size with the Download icon over it. You can also perform a long-press on the preview window to see a glimpse of the file or delete it completely. 

Phone System technology 

Businesses with a Private Branch Exchange phone system can use Skype for Business to call colleagues. You can place the call on the program but the audio for the call can be heard from the PBX system. This enables you to use the program’s other features during a call. For example, you can share links and attachments to the other user/s while a call is ongoing. These will help you thoroughly explain matters to your colleagues or clients. 

Full-featured communication channel for enterprises

Skype for Business is a suitable productivity program for users that want to integrate IM and VoIP features into Microsoft Office applications. It is also a good choice for frequent Skype users looking for a more secure alternative to share files and hold video conferences. Altogether, Skype for Business will help you maintain constant communication with colleagues and improve your operation’s turnover time. 

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