What is the difference between Skype and Skype for Business

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Hi,

We have had Skype for a few years.

We are interested in purchasing Skype for Business and installing on a Windows 10 PC.

Before we do so, we would like to know:

- What are the differences between Skype and Skype for Business
- How much does Skype for Business cost
- Where to buy Skype for Business
- Can a person with Skype for Business call someone using Skype and vice versa
- Can the same Skype for Business account be used on any Windows PC in different locations
- Do we need an Office 365 account or can we use Skype for Business without it
- Can Skype for Business be used in a location with low bandwidth

We appreciate your support with the above.

Thanks,
Robbie
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Skype for business links in with AD and allows single sign on.
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Skype that you use at home is great for smaller businesses of up to 20 employees. It is free to use, unless you want to buy credit to make calls to landlines and mobiles.  i.e. Personal use.

Skype for Business lets you add up to 250 people to online meetings, provides enterprise-grade security, allows you to manage employee accounts, and is integrated into your Office apps. You can send meeting invitations to even external email addresses, e.g. You want an on-line interview you send an invitation it will directly connect to you,  Integrate with Exchange server(Integrate with Outlook and OWA) and other MS products. Phone numbers can be ordered or ported into the system for PSTN calling. Integrate with Cisco CUCM/Avaya Call manager( your phone extensions) I.e. You can even dial from ur phone which will show your office# xtension as source to the recipient, You can configure SSO  and many more features.
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This is my take:

Skype and Skype for business are completely different products.  Microsoft rebranded their "Lync" product with the "Skype for Business" name after buying skype. It's all marketing and doesn't indicate any relation between the two.

The important things you need to know:

The Skype for Business client comes with some editions of office.  If you install it on a windows machine without "other" stuff (see below), it won't do anything.  It *can't* do anything,

Skype uses Microsoft's free public service,  Skype fur business does not.

The Skype for Business client can connect to an internal Skype for Business Server *or* an Office 365 subscription that includes Skype for Business services, but neither are free.  Much like using Outlook to connect to Exchange on-premises or Exchange Online.

Now that you know those basics, the answers to your questions are as follows:

- What are the differences between Skype and Skype for Business
Many.  too many to list.  

- How much does Skype for Business cost
That depends. Do you want to buy an on-premises server?  Or do you want to pay a subscription?  One requires more up-front costs (and CALs), the other can be one of almost a dozen different O365 plans.

- Where to buy Skype for Business
Wherever you already buy Windows Server or O365 subscriptions.   For O365, you can even buy direct from Microsoft.

- Can a person with Skype for Business call someone using Skype and vice versa
This can be configured, yes.

- Can the same Skype for Business account be used on any Windows PC in different locations
This is possible, but depends on how you set it up and configure it.  On-premises servers are particularly complicated.

- Do we need an Office 365 account or can we use Skype for Business without it
O365 is not required if you go the on-premises server route.

- Can Skype for Business be used in a location with low bandwidth
Generally, yes. But your definition of low bandwidth and mine may be very different.

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