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The following tables compare the features and capabilities among Skype for Business (formerly Lync) mobile clients and the Skype for Business desktop client in the following categories:
These tables indicate the features that are available to Skype for Business users in an on-premises deployment of Skype for Business Server. The same features are also available to Lync Online and Microsoft Office 365 users, unless otherwise indicated in the table footnotes.
Session remains signed in
Support for push notifications
Country code populates based on region settings
Account information for multiple users can be cached on the same device
1 On Windows Phone, Skype for Business signs out automatically if the user has not used the application for a period of time, as follows:
On iPhone and iPad, Lync signs out automatically if the user has not used the application for a period of time, as follows:
Publish and view status
View status based on calendar free/busy information
View status notes and Out of Office messages
Add a custom location
Add a custom note
Publish status based on calendar free/busy information
Set manual presence state (such as Busy, Do Not Disturb, and so on)
1 Skype for Business mobile clients do not update a user’s presence based on the user’s free/busy calendar information. If a mobile client user is also signed in to the Skype for Business desktop client, the desktop client updates the user’s presence based on the user’s free/busy calendar information. If the user is signed in to a mobile client only, the user’s presence does not update based on free/busy calendar information.
View Contacts list
View contact groups
View Frequent Contacts group
Modify Contacts list
Tag contacts for status change alerts
Control privacy relationships
Search the corporate address book
Search Contacts list
Manage contact groups
Expand distribution groups
Search for Response Groups
Display or hide contact photos
1 Not available to Skype for Business Online and/or Office 365 users.
Initiate instant messaging (IM) with a contact
Participate in multiparty IM
Invite others from within the conversation window
Display current conversations
Navigate among multiple IM conversations
Automatically log IM conversations in Exchange
Send an IM conversation as an email message
Initiate an email to a contact
View missed IM invitations
Vibrate with incoming IM
1 This device vibrates every time an IM is received even if the current message in the IM conversation is displayed
Click a link in the meeting reminder to join a meeting (public switched telephone network (PSTN))
Click a link in the meeting reminder to join a video or VoIP meeting
Use dial-out conferencing (server calls the mobile device)
Use dial-in audio conferencing
View meeting video
View multiparty video (gallery view)
Wait in meeting lobby
Use in-meeting presenter controls
Access detailed meeting roster for audio conferences
Access detailed meeting roster for IM conferences
Share desktop or program
View shared desktop or program
View shared PowerPoint
Use meeting tools (present Microsoft PowerPoint files, use whiteboard, conduct polls, share files)
Navigate a list of your meetings
1 For Office 365 users, this feature is available for audio conferencing provider (ACP)-enabled meetings only.
2 Not available to Office 365 users.
3 For Skype for Business Online and/or Office 365 users, this feature is available from third-party audio conferencing providers.
In Lync, tap the call icon to call a contact
Transfer a call
Manage call forwarding
Manage team call settings
Initiate a call to a Response Group
Support emergency services
Make calls on behalf of another contact (manager/delegate scenario)
Handle another contact’s calls, if configured as a delegate
Use Call via Work (Lync Server 2013 places your outgoing calls so that the receiver’s caller ID displays your work number instead of your mobile number)
Access voice mail
Use the keypad in Lync
1 Skype for Business Server, Skype for Business Online, and Office 365 users may call other Skype for Business users and Skype users by tapping the icon. Skype for Business Server users may also place PSTN calls by tapping the icon.
2 For on-premises Skype for Business Server users, on Windows Phone, iPhone, and iPad devices, the user taps the call icon in the contact card and accepts the callback from Skype for Business Server. For Office 365 users, on Windows Phone, iPhone, and iPad devices, when the user taps the call button, a dialog box opens asking the user to confirm that he or she wants to call the number.
3 Not available to Skype for Business Online and/or Office 365 users.
4 For Skype for Business Online and/or Office 365 users, this feature is supported by Microsoft partners.
Initiate IM with a public contact
Initiate IM with a federated contact
Conduct two-party calls with external users
Conduct multiparty calls with external users
Use Call via Work to reach a federated contact on their mobile phone by calling their published work number1
1 By default, federated users are assigned the External Contacts privacy relationship. To be able to reach a federated contact on their mobile phone by calling their published work number, the federated contact must manually assign you the Colleagues privacy relationship.
2 Not available to Office 365 users.
Call address book contacts
Make Lync calls to contacts directly from address book
Provide client-side archiving
Provide client-side recording
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Skype for Business clients are available for the following mobile devices: