On the surface, the two tools look similar, but there are big differences. Basically, Skype is intended for private use, while Skype for Business is built for professional use in companies - as the name suggests.
Here are a small handful of features you get by switching from regular Skype to Skype for Business:
- Skype for Business is fully integrated into the Microsoft Office suite. For example, from the individual Office programs, you can view online status and go directly to chat or video dialog with the author or authors of the document. You can easily work together on documents and other content.
- You can host video conferencing with up to 250 participants, but also make one-to-many video streaming, where up to 10,000 can watch and listen. For example, it may be useful if you want to communicate something to many face to face without the employees spending travel time on it.
- There is a significant security difference between the two Skype products. With Skype for Business you sign in with your company ID and get fully encrypted conversations. In addition, you can prioritize security, protect your company's network and make use of the extensive administrative capabilities.
- With Skype for Business, you get screen sharing, whiteboard and a handful of other features that make your video meeting or chat more effective.
In our solution, Skype for Business is also fused with your phones. This integration allows you to receive and make calls via Skype for Business when you are sitting at your computer. You can also quickly change a Skype for Business meeting to your phone if you need to leave your PC in the middle of the meeting.