Benefits include:

  • Free / busy status - integrated. Skype for Business users can see whether colleagues are available, away, busy or offline. It integrates with Outlook, SharePoint and the desktop client Skype for Business.

  • Collaborate easily with desktop sharing and video conferencing. Colleagues can get everyone on the same page by having a virtual meeting where they can view the same information at the same time. Skype for Business allows you to share control of your desktop with another colleague for more active collaboration, enabling you and a remote colleague to work together on documents, presentations and spreadsheets.

  • Group IM chat Teams can chat easily as a group via IM.

  • Skype for Business mobility with BlackBerry or Windows mobile smartphone. Users can engage in secure instant message conversations from their BlackBerry or Windows mobile smartphones to colleagues working at their desks.

  • Conversations are saved. Skype for Business lets users save and search IM conversations inside Outlook, just like their email.

  • Secure and private. Secure instant messaging allows users to send messages with end-to-end encryption.

  • Integrated in Outlook Web Access 2016. For accounts on hosted Exchange 2016, Skype for Business is built right in to Outlook Web Access.

  • Higher productivity. PC-to-PC file transferring functionality allows instant document-sharing, increasing productivity and efficiency.