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Teams or Skype?

This table aims to explain the difference between Skype for Business, consumer Skype and the similar functionality within Teams. Note that ‘Skype’ and ‘Skype for Business’ are two distinct Microsoft products.

  Teams    Skype for Business Skype (consumer Skype)
Access   

Via a desktop, mobile and tablet application.

Also accessible through a compatible browser. (Note: Safari isn’t currently supported.)

Available via a desktop, mobile and tablet application.

Also accessible through Skype for Business online in a supported browser.

Via a desktop, mobile and tablet application.

Also accessible through a compatible browser via Skype for Web.

Meeting size One-to-one, or schedule a Team meeting for up to 250 users. Up to 250 users. Up to 25 people.
Features Instant messaging, voice, video.
Integrated into Outlook showing presence indicator.
Screen sharing, arrange conference calls, share documents and collaborate with interactive whiteboards.
Conduct online meetings.
Includes persistent chat – previous conversations are still shown in your conversations.
New feature - Background Blur for video calls.
Instant messaging, voice, video.
Integrated into Outlook showing presence indicator.
Screen sharing, arrange conference calls, share documents and collaborate with interactive whiteboards.
Conduct online meetings.
IM, voice, video.
Screen sharing, and conference calls for up to 25 people.
Participants    Can include external people. External guests are invited via email. They do not need to download Teams. Can include external people.
Guest can join without the need for a personal Skype or Skype for business account.
Can include external people.
Licence model Part of the Office 365 Education license that each user is assigned in Nexus365. Part of the Office 365 Education license that each user is assigned in Nexus365. Free to use.
Option to buy credit to make calls to landlines and mobiles.
Available on numerous Microsoft supported platforms (Windows, Mac and Linux).
Now included with Windows 10 installations.
Notes    Evolving quickly and will eventually take over from Skype for Business.

Skype for Business End of Life date announced as July 31st 2021. Was originally called Lync.

Skype was purchased by Microsoft in 2011 and has continually evolved.

 

Written by IT Services. Latest revision 5 March 2020