Compare Office 365 vs. Skype for Business

Office 365 is ranked unranked in Content Collaboration Platforms with 9 reviews while Skype for Business is ranked 4th in Virtual Meetings with 10 reviews. Office 365 is rated 7.8, while Skype for Business is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Office 365 writes "Multi-user editing and integration with OneDrive brings better focus and efficiency". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Skype for Business writes "Much easier and quicker than writing an email to someone and waiting for them to read it". Office 365 is most compared with Atlassian Confluence, TeamViewer and HCL Verse, whereas Skype for Business is most compared with Webex, Zoom and TeamViewer. See our Office 365 vs. Skype for Business report.
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Pros
The most valuable feature is the integration with OneDrive, which has allowed us, a small business, easy access to a cloud environment, with no need to back up the data from five different computers.Many of the features in Office 365 are good, but I think Excel is a very good tool.It's very stable.The functionality that is most valuable is the solution's ability to detect patient data in email attachments. Whenever a user sends out an email with patient data embedded in an attachment, it triggers an alert. The tool can detect a social security number and various other forms of patient identity. Emails are then automatically generated and sent.Most of the work that seems not to work offline works perfectly with Microsoft Office 2013, like converting a Word document to a PDF file.The cloud service and Skype are the most valuable features.It is very easy to deploy.Cloud-based management is valuable and software deployment is positive.

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The quality of the meetings is very good.The simplicity and ease of use are the most valuable features. It's so much easier and quicker than writing an email to someone and waiting for them to read it.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.

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Integration between Outlook calendar and Google Calendar would be a good improvement since many of our team use Android phones and personal Gmail accounts as their main calendar application.Using Visual Basic, I have had a lot of trouble with relative paths when programming for Excel, and sometimes it is very difficult to debug programs.There are several additional features we would like to see, such as advanced features of SAN protection in Office 365. The main thing is the SAN protection; we would like to see a lot of advanced features added because we had a lot of spam attacks.Improvements can be made to the products generic offering. It's not customized for health care. It doesn't understand the meaning of health care related concepts. Providing a greater degree of industry specificity would make the tool much more unique and valuable.The feature to convert PDF file to a Word document needs improvement as well as the feature to save the file automatically when typing, without using the save command.Using Office 365 is not that flexible on some mobile devices, like Android.Their support is so terrible and unusable except during dire emergencies.There are some complexities to the initial setup if you use some of the more advanced features.

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We need a feature where you can virtually raise your hand to silently let the presenter know that you have a question.The ease of configuration or the lack of decent tooling to pinpoint your problems is probably its biggest issue.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.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
The pricing is not really high, but one can get the software with the license key for free.The pricing is good for all the features that we receive, e.g., Skype for Business.​The pricing/licensing is easy to manage.

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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 Office 365, Office 365 Enterprise, Office 365 Enterprise E1, Office 365 Enterprise E3, Office 365 Enterprise E5, Office 365 ProPlus, Office 365 Business, Office 365 Business Essentials, Office 365 Business Premium, Office 365 F1Skype for Business Plan 1, Skype for Business Plan 2, Lync Server
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Overview

Office 365 is more than just Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. It provides powerful services like business-class email, online storage, and teamwork solutions that you can access from anywhere. Bring teams and resources together with solutions like Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business that make working together more productive and enjoyable regardless of where participants are located. Easily implement security and privacy controls to help protect business data and devices against malicious threats and help you meet your compliance obligations. Automatic updates ensure your employees will always have the latest features and security updates.

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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Top Industries
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Manufacturing Company21%
Software R&D Company21%
Financial Services Firm14%
Non Tech Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company29%
Comms Service Provider13%
Government8%
Retailer5%
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Comms Service Provider23%
Financial Services Firm15%
Engineering Company15%
University15%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company22%
Comms Service Provider18%
K 12 Educational Company Or School11%
Insurance Company6%
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