Do I have Skype or Skype for Business?

Confused about the differences between Skype and Skype for Business? These applications are similar, but not identical.

Skype is great for home and works well for very small organizations. If you want to use Skype at work, you have two options—either use the same Skype that you use at home or use Skype for Business.

Skype for Business is great for larger organizations and lets you add a lot more people to online meetings, gives you enterprise-grade security, allows you to manage employee accounts, and is integrated into your Office apps.

How do I know whether I’m using Skype or Skype for Business?

You might not know at first whether you’re using Skype or Skype for Business. Here are some easy ways to find out.


Skype for Business

The icons are similar, but different.

Skype logo Skype for Business logo

Look under Help > About.

Help > About Skype Help > About Skype for Business

The top bar of the conversation window is different.

Top of the conversation window in Skype Top of the conversation window in Skype for Business

What are the differences between Skype and Skype for Business?

Skype and Skype for Business have several things in common, but they are not exactly the same. These applications can differ in which features are available. Here is a summary of some of the key differences.


Skype for Business

Online meeting participants

Up to 20 people

Up to 250 people

Integrates with Office apps

Separate from Office

Fully integrated into Office 365, Outlook, and SharePoint

Security and permissions


Encrypted, but with stronger authentication and enterprise-grade security

Conference room setup


Sophisticated setup


You create your own account

You sign in with your work account (email and password)

Recommended use




Free download

Various options available

Where can I get additional information?

For more information about Skype for Business, see the following resources:

For more information about Skype, see the following resources:

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