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Mobile Client Comparison Tables


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:

 

  • Sign-in, sign-out, and push notifications
  • Enhanced presence
  • Contacts and contact groups
  • Instant messaging (IM)
  • Lync-to-Lync audio and video
  • Conferencing
  • Telephony
  • External users
  • Archiving and compliance

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.

noteNote:

 

Sign-in and Push Notifications


Feature/Capability Desktop client Windows Phone iPhone iPad Android

Session remains signed in

1

1

1

1

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:

  • If the user has enabled push notifications, Lync signs out after 10 days of inactivity.
  • If the user has not enabled push notifications, Lync signs out after 1 hour.

On iPhone and iPad, Lync signs out automatically if the user has not used the application for a period of time, as follows:

  • If the mobile client has not contacted the server for 10 days due to loss of network connectivity or other issues.

Enhanced Presence Support in Skype for Business Mobile Clients


 

 

Feature/Capability Desktop client Windows Phone iPhone iPad Android

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

1

 

 

 

 

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.

Contacts and Contact Groups Support in Skype for Business Mobile Clients


 

Feature/Capability Desktop client Windows Phone iPhone iPad Android

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

1

Display or hide contact photos

1 Not available to Skype for Business Online and/or Office 365 users.

Instant Messaging Support in Skype for Business Mobile Clients


 

Feature/Capability Desktop client Windows Phone iPhone iPad Android

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

1 This device vibrates every time an IM is received even if the current message in the IM conversation is displayed

Lync-to-Lync Audio and Video


 

Feature/Capability Desktop client Windows Phone iPhone iPad Android

Lync-to-Lync voice

Lync-to-Lync video

Conferencing Support in Skype for Business Mobile Clients


 

Feature/Capability Desktop client Windows Phone iPhone iPad Android

Click a link in the meeting reminder to join a meeting (public switched telephone network (PSTN))

1

1

1

1

Click a link in the meeting reminder to join a video or VoIP meeting

Participate in multiparty IM

Use dial-out conferencing (server calls the mobile device)

2

2

2

2

Use dial-in audio conferencing

3

 

 

 

 

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.

Telephony Support in Skype for Business Mobile Clients


 

Feature/Capability Desktop client Windows Phone iPhone iPad Android

In Lync, tap the call icon to call a contact

1

2

2

2

2

Transfer a call

1

 

Manage call forwarding

3

Manage team call settings

3

 

 

 

 

Manage delegates

3

 

 

 

 

Initiate a call to a Response Group

3

 

 

 

 

Support emergency services

4

 

 

 

 

Make calls on behalf of another contact (manager/delegate scenario)

3

 

 

 

 

Handle another contact’s calls, if configured as a delegate

3

3

3

3

3

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)

 

3

3

3

3

Access voice mail

4

Use the keypad in Lync

3

3

3

3

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.

External User Support in Skype for Business Mobile Clients


Feature/Capability Desktop client Windows Phone iPhone iPad Android

iPhone

iPad

Android

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

 

2

2

2

2

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.

Address Book Integration


 

Feature/Capability Desktop client Windows Phone iPhone iPad Android

Call address book contacts

 

 

 

 

Make Lync calls to contacts directly from address book

 

 

 

 

Archiving and Compliance Support in Skype for Business Mobile Clients


 

Feature/Capability Desktop client Windows Phone iPhone iPad Android

Provide client-side archiving

 

 

 

 

Provide client-side recording

1

 

 

 

 

1 Not available to Skype for Business Online and/or Office 365 users.

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