Hosted Skype for Business vs Enterprise Skype for Business

  • Last updated on: 2017-10-19
  • Authored by: William Loy

This article describes which features are available in Hosted Microsoft Skype for Business and in Enterprise Office 365 Skype for Business.


  • Applies to: Administrator
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time needed: Approximately 10 minutes
  • Tools required: Cloud Office Control Panel access

For more information about prerequisite terminology, see Cloud Office support terminology.

Available features

The following table describes which features are available in Hosted Skype for Business and in Enterprise Office 365 Skype for Business.

Feature Hosted Skype for Business Enterprise Office 365 Skype for Business
Secure peer-to-peer instant messaging
Multi-party instant messaging (3 or more)
Access to contacts’ statuses
Integration with outlook and outlook web app
Audio and HD video calling to Skype For Business users (peer-to-peer)
File transfers
Record the meeting or call
Click-to-Skype For Business from Office Apps
Desktop, application and whiteboard sharing  
Group audio and HD video calling (3 or more)  
Create and manage persistent chat room  
Conference Attendee Experience:

- Join an ad hoc or scheduled meeting

- Send/receive audio/video

- View shared application

- View/write whiteboard

Conference Presenter Experience:

- Upload and show PowerPoint slides

- Share Application, Manage roster

- Conduct polls

- Manage Meeting lobby

Initiate/schedule multi-party (3+) audio, video conference  
Schedule web conferences  
Maximum number of people who are allowed to attend a meeting organized by user with this type of license 100 250

If you want to upgrade your Hosted Microsoft Exchange and Skype for Business to our Office 365 offering, see Rackspace Office 365 for more information and next steps.

Note: Skype for Business Dial-in Conferencing is not supported for both licenses.

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