Make Skype for Business the same as Skype
I don't understand why 2 clients have been made for this, especially when both names are so similar, makes things very complicated.
I think all the features that separate Skype for Business and Skype should be on one program! OR all contacts should be allowed to speak with each other with no restrictions.
Skype for Business should have 1 thing extra which would be to be a presenter (meaning you can share files and screen with all other users but regular skype users can't share theirs) and it should be the account type that you pay for.
Currently there is no way to import contacts from Skype into Skype for business meaning that companies with a large contact group already will not move over to Skype for business, it will shrink and die. There is no point. You should close down Skype for Business and give Skype users an option to upgrade to a Business account... I don't understand who developed this and why they thought it would work.
The features of Skype for Business are great and I like how it all fits in with Outlook, however after looking deeper I don't know why anyone would want to use this, can't import contacts, can't talk to normal Skype users unless they log on with a Microsoft account, can't share programs with a normal Skype user, can't video chat with normal Skype user.
So basically the only thing it works well for is for talking to people within your organisation? Excellent... not.
I couldn't agree more. We recently signed up for Office 365 and the company is revolting against switching to Skype for Business from Personal Skype. It's not usable for us in the way we communicate. We're VERY disappointed to have to abandon it because I was looking forward to the easier admin piece. Basically our issues boil down to:
messages don't get sent to all devices - so conversations are spread between laptop, desktop, phone, tablet – this is a major drawback for professionals who spend a lot of time on a mobile device.
Group conversations are not named – when you have multiple group conversations going you don’t know which is which
Conversation history is not easily accessible – yes you can search in outlook, but the free skype does this MUCH better by keeping your history right there.
When someone skypes you an attachment it doesn't get saved to conversation history – again, you can search outlook, but it’s much more cumbersome and if you didn’t accept the attachment at the time, you still won’t find it.
For all these reasons we are choosing not to roll out skype for business.
Could have just kept the name Lync
Saurabh Gupta commented
I believe this is Microsoft's business strategy. If both Skype offer same functionalities, then there will be one-less value add to the Office 2016 subscription for business.
SfB was previously called Lync but services still name Lync
Suggestion: Delete Skype for buisness and install Skype
i agree, plus if they have skype on the mac or ipod it won't work at all. I have sent a number of requests, and it says they are pending, but none of them have shown up, and two of them have "cid-(352039529372035)@outlook.com - Pending - skype" with seemingly random numbers - what does that even mean?
The only thing Skype and Skype for Business have similar is name. SfB was previously called Lync and it has nothing to do with Skype.