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  • I'm confused about what software I need to host either an audio-only conference call or a video conference call.

    Skype for Windows Desktop (I have version 7.21.0.100 on Windows 7)

    It's my understanding that I can initiate a video conference call to up to 9 people (the 10th and subsequent person added will get voice only).  Each person has to have the latest version of Skype, the necessary hardware, and a decent Internet connection.  For audio-only calls, there can be a total of 25 people, including the originator.  Can I add non-Internet users to a Skype conference call (I assume that if this is possible, there would be a Skype charge for this).

    Skype for Business 2016

    I could get this as part of Office Professional Plus 2016.  I know that this increases the number of possible participants and adds a bunch of other features that I don't need.  Is this sufficient to host a conference or do you need Skype for Business Server?  What does each participant require?

    Skype for Business Basic

    Free downloads (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=49440).  Do I need Skype for Business Server to use this?

    Lync Basic 2013 (either 32-bit or 64-bit)

    These are free downloads (http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35451 and http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35450)

    The "details" on the download page say that you can use this to "start or join an audio call, video call, or online meeting" but it's not clear whether this download will work by itself or if you also need Skype for Business Server or a Lync server someplace.  I don't know if there are any limits on the number of callers that can be connected.

    If you can actually host a conference with Lync Basic 2013, it's not clear what software each of the other people must have.  I have Lync Attendee 2010 installed, but I have no idea what that works with or what works with Lync Basic 2013.

    Or I could just dispense with trying to figure out Microsoft's products and get GoTo Meeting.

    Tuesday, April 5, 2016 4:04 PM

Answers

  • Skype for Business 2015 is the Enterprise offering for Office Communication Platform which was earlier called as Lync. You should be having a SFB Server on premise or can sign up for SFB online. 

    To get an intro about  the features below mentioned article should be useful 

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/library/dn933785.aspx

    https://support.office.com/en-gb/article/Lync-is-now-Skype-for-Business-%E2%80%94-see-what-s-new-aba02d7e-c801-4a82-bccd-e7207240f612?ui=en-US&rs=en-GB&ad=GB&fromAR=1

    The links  you have shared are for basic clients download , which still require an Onpremise/Online SFB server to login and to further get the conferencing/calling features 


    Linus

    • Marked as answer by LemP Wednesday, April 6, 2016 5:46 PM
    Wednesday, April 6, 2016 3:21 PM

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  • Hi LemP,

    You need to evaluate the products for your organizations.. but before that you need to be super clear about few factors;

    Your organization, other modalities you need along with conferencing, network and security considerations etc. http://www.rtcpedia.com/Blogs/Action?blogId=13&blogURL=UnifiedCommunicationsProductEvaluation can help you to understand these factors. All the best!


    www.rtcpedia.com - A real time communications blog


    Tuesday, April 5, 2016 5:29 PM
  • Skype for Business 2015 is the Enterprise offering for Office Communication Platform which was earlier called as Lync. You should be having a SFB Server on premise or can sign up for SFB online. 

    To get an intro about  the features below mentioned article should be useful 

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/library/dn933785.aspx

    https://support.office.com/en-gb/article/Lync-is-now-Skype-for-Business-%E2%80%94-see-what-s-new-aba02d7e-c801-4a82-bccd-e7207240f612?ui=en-US&rs=en-GB&ad=GB&fromAR=1

    The links  you have shared are for basic clients download , which still require an Onpremise/Online SFB server to login and to further get the conferencing/calling features 


    Linus

    • Marked as answer by LemP Wednesday, April 6, 2016 5:46 PM
    Wednesday, April 6, 2016 3:21 PM
  • Thanks, Linus. 

    I was pretty sure that both Lync and Skype for Business required more than those free downloads, but the documentation on the download pages is less than clear.

    Wednesday, April 6, 2016 5:46 PM