Skype for Business compatibility with Office apps

Understand the ways you can access Skype for Business features from Outlook and other Microsoft Office applications.

This topic describes the compatibility of Skype for Business with various versions of Microsoft Office suites.

Office and Skype for Business

The following table describes the Skype for Business features that are supported by various versions of Office once Exchange is deployed and integrated as described in Integrate Skype for Business Server 2015 with Exchange Server.

Skype for Business and Microsoft Office Compatibility

Feature Microsoft Office 2010 Microsoft Office 2013, 2015, and 2016 Office 2016 for Mac
Outlook features
Customize Outlook meeting invitations (add logo, help URL, disclaimer, footer text)
No
Yes
No
Configure meeting option to mute attendee audio and video by default
No
Yes
No
Unified Contact Store for managing Contacts lists across Office and Skype for Business
No
Yes (requires Exchange 2013 or later)
Yes
High-resolution profile pictures
No
Yes (requires Exchange 2013 or later)
Yes
Presence status in the Microsoft Outlook From, To, and Cc fields
Yes
Yes
Yes
Reply with IM or call from the availability menu
Yes (from the contact card)
Yes (from the contact card)
Yes (from the contact card)
Presence status in a meeting request on the Scheduling Assistant tab
Yes
Yes
No
Reply with IM or call from the toolbar or ribbon in a received email message
Yes
Yes
Yes
Other Office apps
OneNote shared notes
No
Yes
No
Setup integrated into the Office setup program
No
Yes
No
PowerPoint presentation content
Yes
Yes
(VBSS also available)
Yes
IM and presence in Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel files (smart tags enabled)
Microsoft Word only
Microsoft Word only
No
IM and presence in Microsoft SharePoint sites (Outlook must be installed)
Yes
Yes
No

❶ - Assumes you have installed and are currently running a Skype for Business on Mac client or the Lync 2011 for Mac client.

Exchange Server and Skype for Business

The following table describes Skype for Business support for various versions of Exchange Server. Outlook must be installed on the client computer to handle Extended MAPI calls, and some features require the use of Exchange Web Services (EWS).

Skype for Business and Exchange Server Compatibility

Exchange Server version Skype for Business support
Exchange Server 2016
Same as Exchange Server 2013 support
Exchange Server 2013
Same as Exchange Server 2010 support, with the addition of
•  Unified Contact Store
•  High-resolution pictures
•  Archiving integration
Note: For details, see Integrate Skype for Business Server 2015 with Exchange Server.
Exchange Server 2010
The following features are available only through EWS:
•  Read or delete items in the Conversation History folder
•  Read or delete voice mail items
•  Display extended free/busy information and meeting subject and location
•  Exchange contact sync
Public folders are optional in Exchange Server 2010.

See also

Windows client requirements and software support

Plan for Meetings clients (Web App and Meetings App)

Client Interoperability in Lync 2013

Client System Requirements

Lync Windows Store App Requirements