Skype for Business Review
Skype for Business is an online meeting software within the "Office 365" product suite. The software does offer all essential functionalities such as: screen sharing and app sharing, whiteboard, file transfer, chat, and video conferencing and audio conferencing. Prior to scheduling a web meeting the host is required to install an Outlook add-in or they can use a browser-based meeting scheduler, which is not linked to the local email client.
During our tests we encountered various difficulties so our testing team's patience was tested as well. The bottom line: Skype for Business is well suited for planned and unplanned conferences. Due to the complexity of the installation effort we feel that this online meeting software is more appropriate for mid-sized and large-scale enterprises and may particularly be useful for internal collaboration.
Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, or Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows 10 Server, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, or Windows Server 2008 R2.
Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan or later.
Option 1: Office 365 for professionals and small businesses
Office 365 Business Essentials: $5.00 user/month annual commitment or $6.00 user/month monthly commitment
Office 365 Business Premium: $12.50 user/month annual commitment or $15.00 user/month monthly commitment
Option 2: for large businesses
Office 365 ProPlus: $12 user/month annual commitment
Office 365 Enterprise E3: $20 user/month annual commitment
Office 365 Enterprise E5: $35 user/month annual commitment
Single and multi user license
Voice over IP and phone costs
|all essential features available|
|Usage is not always intuitive|
|ad-hoc meetings can easily be started via the interface and as an alternative meetings can be scheduled with an Outlook add-in|
|Installation procedure is complex and time consuming|
|Pricing and license options are publicly available; cost structure is complex and not easy to understand|
|256-bit AES encoding|
|Runs on Windows and Mac OS X. Mobile Device Support: iOS and Android|
|Overall Score||8.94 / 10|
The following overview shows the third-party suppliers that feature Skype for Business as a component of their web conferencing services. We cannot take responsibility for the currency of featured product versions. The versions offered by third-party suppliers can differ from the versions featured in our ranking.
|Worldwide||GlobalMeet® Audio by PGi|
Review updated: Nov 2016
Price information updated: Nov 2016