Compare Microsoft 365 Business vs. Skype for Business

Microsoft 365 Business is ranked 6th in Virtual Meetings with 11 reviews while Skype for Business is ranked 3rd in Virtual Meetings with 10 reviews. Microsoft 365 Business is rated 8.4, while Skype for Business is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Microsoft 365 Business writes "Good collaboration in office applications that are consolidated in a single interface". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Skype for Business writes "Reduces costs and increases comfort for employees that would normally travel to meetings". Microsoft 365 Business is most compared with Office 365, SharePoint and ManageEngine Desktop Central, whereas Skype for Business is most compared with Webex, TeamViewer and Zoom. See our Microsoft 365 Business vs. Skype for Business report.
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Pros
It has file storage, file sharing, a provisioning box, and a SharePoint profile for each user.The most valuable feature for us is Microsoft Teams.You can have conference calls with different parties using video and voice.The flexibility of having a subscription for the Office software, rather than having any upfront costs is the best part of this solution.The Power BI environment and the integration between Power BI and SQL are the solution's most valuable features. The integration between products is great.The most valuable feature is Microsoft Teams.What was most valuable for me was how simple this solution is to start using.This is a unified business package that helps people be productive in working environments.

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Video conferencing to hold virtual meetings helps to prevent employee displacement, where everyone can now enjoy the comfort of their own offices.Using this solution has helped us to cut long distance calls, as well as video services from third parties.You can do meetings of up to two hundred people in a single conversation.We chose Skype for Business after other colleagues suggested that we give it a try. It has served us well.We really like the screen sharing tool. The user experience is smooth, and user-friendly.The Microsoft tech support are very good. They get back to you. I log a support call, and I usually have someone on the phone within a half an hour, so it is pretty good.It saves trouble, and it saves us time.Our employees use this solution for a communal space to collaborate for organizational decision making.

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Cons
Updates to the SQL server with better features are needed to compete with Oracle Database.The pricing for this solution could be improved.The security sites need to be simplified and the technical support needs improvement.There are various things that you need to use PowerShell to do. That would be good. You could do them through the management portal, rather than through PowerShell. That's the biggest improvement I would like to see.The solution's licensing framework needs improvement.There are loads of holes in security and I'd like to see better integration with security products.The admin panels have too few samples.Flow and Form components can be improved individually, but it would be nice to see the product take the next step and operate as a unit rather than separate modules.

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If one of the users has a poor internet connection, this failure will compromise the meeting, causing delays and distortions in the communications.Skype for Business is good for the PCs with higher bandwidth, but an improvement is required for low bandwidth usage.Make it user friendly.I venture to say that 30% of the people using this solution at our company have had issues with stability, due to the volatility and crashes.Sometimes the connection crashes, which is understandable if you are traveling. But, it would be nice if this could be stabilized somehow.There are some issues with stability during phone calls. Sometimes the connectivity drops, and it is frustrating.Sometimes Skype is slow, and we cannot use other elements of our devices while using the Skype solution.We would like to better customize our instructions within the Outlook plugin/invite, but we are unable to do so.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
Compared to buying a license, it is much cheaper and a good buy.Now you can select different licenses, for example, if somebody doesn't need all of the features, it would cost $8 USD per month and if they didn't need the email application then it would cost $6 USD per month.Depending on which plan you purchase, there are a plethora of applications available to you.

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To realize value from the purchase of Skype Business, you need to take advantage of all the important functions of the program.It may be slightly costly, but the features are awesome.It may be considered costly for certain markets, such as in India.The pricing is really good. It is quite affordable because it came with our Office 365. It is on a per-user license, which is nice. I quite like that they have made it very granular with all of their licensing.We negotiated a fair price with Microsoft. It is definitely worthwhile to negotiate with them for the best price for your solution.We have been able to save money by moving our conferencing solution to Skype for Business Conferencing.

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Microsoft 365 E3, Microsoft 365 E5, Microsoft 365 F1Skype for Business Plan 1, Skype for Business Plan 2
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Overview

Microsoft 365 Business is an integrated solution, bringing together the best-in-class productivity of Office 365 with advanced security and device management capabilities to help safeguard your business.

Skype for Business offers features including presence, IM, voice and video calls, online meetings, conferencing, and telephony solutions that support enterprise-level collaboration requirements. Skype for Business Record meetings, share your screen, and annotate PowerPoint for real-time collaboration with up to 250 people and use whiteboard, polls, Q&A, and built-in IM during your business meetings to make them more productive. Skype for Business provides new client experience, Skype for Business Server provides several new features to improve manageability of on-premises servers and hybrid solutions. Skype for Business also supports the Lync client experience so that you can choose a phased upgrade approach to the new client experience for users. Skype for Business is also an integral part of Microsoft Office 365, providing PSTN Conferencing, Cloud PBX, PSTN Calling, and Skype Meeting Broadcast capabilities to Office 365 users.
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Urban Agriculture Co., The Detroit Wallpaper Co., TransBlue Facility Management, Garner Food Company
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