Now there are two Skypes for online videoconferencing: the free, consumer version most of us know, and Skype for Business. This rebranded, redesigned Microsoft Lync takes the look and feel of the consumer Skype we all know and applies it to the enterprise. Contact management in Skype for Business, as with the standard Skype client, puts status and availability information right at your fingertips. Even though the two applications often appear virtually identical now, they are different—and not just because Skype for Business, like Lync before it, costs money. Skype for Business offers capacity and productivity advantages geared for businesses that are big—or that want to look big.
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Skype that you use at home is great for smaller businesses of up to 20 employees. It is free to use, unless you want to buy credit to make calls to landlines and mobiles. Microsoft Teams lets you host audio, video, and web conferences with anyone inside or outside your organization. You can easily share files, participate in one-to-one and group chats, and more, all with enterprise-grade security. You can also use Skype to participate in one-to-one chats and calls with Microsoft Teams users.
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Product and service reviews are conducted independently by our editorial team, but we sometimes make money when you click on links. Learn more. Though the technology has existed in some form since the s, instant messaging or "IM" to anyone who remembers the '90s has been among the fastest and most convenient methods for millions of people around the world to communicate. With the ability to instantaneously send messages between co-workers and teams, instant messaging programs like Slack and Skype have become the standard-bearers of modern office communications.
Microsoft Teams is now the primary client for messaging, meetings, and calling in Office Starting October 1, , new customers with seats or less will be onboarded to Microsoft Teams and will not have access to Skype for Business Online. As of September 1, , this applies to all new customers.