Skype For Business Server is an enterprise-ready unified communications platform. Skype For Business Server connects people everywhere, on Windows 8 and other operating systems including mobile devices, as part of their everyday productivity experience. Skype For Business Server provides a consistent, single client experience for presence, instant messaging, voice, video and a great meeting experience. Skype For Business Server users can connect to anyone on Skype, enabling rich communication with hundreds of millions of people around the world.
- Lync Unified Client: Skype For Business Server 2013 provides a single, unified client for real-time communications, including voice and video calls, Lync Meetings, presence, instant messaging, and persistent chat.
- Lync Windows 8 App: Lync is optimised for touch on Windows 8 (both x86-based Windows8 and Windows RT) and takes advantage of Windows 8 "touch first" capabilities to provide fast, natural, hands-on control of communications across a variety of devices and architectures.
- Lync Web App: The Lync Web App allows PC and Mac users to join a Lync Meeting from within an HTML5-based browser, and delivers a full Lync meeting experience, including multiparty HD video, voice over IP, instant messaging, desktop, application, and PowerPoint sharing.
- Lync Mobile Clients: Lync Mobile Clients are available for Windows Phone, iPhone, iPad, and Android.
- Single Click Conference Join: Joining a Lync Meeting requires only a single click or touch, whether from an Outlook meeting reminder on a Windows PC or from the calendar or meeting pane on Windows Phone, iOS, and Android devices.
- Presence: See the availability status of a contact with visual presence indicators.
- Contact Card: A dynamic card that displays a contact’s high resolution photo, their presence, status note, location and organisational details and is consistent across Microsoft Office applications.
- Lync Meeting: Previously known as "online meeting", Lync Meetings provide capabilities to interact with people through multiparty HD video, audio, instant messaging, and content sharing.
- Meeting View: Meeting View options are designed to bring content and people together while optimising the Lync Meeting experience for every individual participant’s needs.
- Multiparty HD Video Gallery: Continuous view of multiple HD video streams or contact card photos in conference displayed in a gallery format. Photos replace active speaker video when video is unavailable. Gallery controls enable participants to select video stream of interest, see participant name and identify active speakers.
- Persistent Chat: Organise or participate in topic based virtual rooms where workgroups or designated colleagues meet and collaborate in real-time. Discussions are searchable and persist over time enabling efficient information sharing.
- OneNote Share: Allows users to create and share OneNote digital meeting notes within a Lync Meeting, reducing possible errors caused by later transcription and simplifying communication and follow-up.
- Exchange Archiving: Using the Exchange Online archiving, you can store all you emails, instant messages and Lync Online meeting contents, then easily search them using Exchange e-Discovery compliance.
- Lync Federation: Extends unified communications securely over the Internet to customers, suppliers, and partners using Lync.
- Skype Connectivity: Enables presence sharing, instant messaging (IM), and voice calling with the hundreds of millions of people around the world who use Skype.
- Server Role Consolidation: Lync can reduce the number of server roles by co-locating roles which were previously deployed or managed separately, allowing for simplified deployment and management.
- Scale and High Availability Improvements: Lync Server front-end architecture has been redesigned allowing a larger number of active users in one pool while improving high availability capabilities that can help lower total cost of ownership.
- Active Monitoring: Gives Lync administrators the ability to monitor pools, servers, networks across different datacenters through the public internet.