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Licensing for Microsoft Skype for Business Cloud Voice

 

Following my blog post last week concerning deployment types, I will now further explain the three user registration types and their licensing options.

Cloud Journey

Licensing options

1. On-premises registered users

Skype for Business users registered to Skype for Business Server can make use of traditional SfB user licensing (CAL’s) or they can make use of SfB user licensing included in Office 365 subscriptions.

Traditional user licensing

  • Standard CAL activates SfB and provides Presence and peer-to-peer SfB IM/Audio/Video conversations
  • Enterprise CAL activates Conferencing, including SfB IM/Audio/Video conferences and PSTN Conferencing with audio dial-in/dial-out via on-prem telephone lines
  • Plus CAL activates Enterprise Voice, including personal and general telephony functionalities

Office 365 licensing

  • Office 365 E1 & E3 plan covers Microsoft Skype for Business Standard & Enterprise CAL (incl. PSTN Conferencing with dial-in/dial-out via on-prem telephone lines) + Skype for Business EV Add-on MS Subscription is needed for Enterprise Voice (SfB Cloud PBX add-on is also an alternative, but more expensive than SfB EV add-on)
  • Office 365 E5 plan covers Microsoft Skype for Business Standard & Enterprise & Plus CAL

2. Online registered users with hybrid setup via on-prem telephone lines

Skype for Business hybrid users are registered to Skype for Business Online and can only make use of SfB user licensing included in Office 365 subscriptions.

Office 365 licensing

  • Office 365 E1 & E3 plan covers Microsoft Skype for Business activation, provides Presence, peer-to-peer SfB IM/Audio/Video conversations and activates SfB IM/Audio/Video conferencing + Skype for Business Audio Conferencing Add-on MS Subscription for every user that needs PSTN Conferencing with audio dial-in/dial-out (Office 365 service) + Skype for Business Phone System (Cloud PBX) Add-on MS Subscription for every user that needs telephony (call control) functionalities delivered by Office 365
  • Office 365 E5 plan covers Microsoft Skype for Business activation, provides Presence, peer-to-peer SfB IM/Audio/Video conversations, SfB IM/Audio/Video conferencing and activates SfB Phone System (Cloud PBX) providing telephony (call control) functionalities delivered by Office 365NB: Office 365 E5 plan exists in two version including or excluding Skype for Business Audio Conferencing (PSTN Conferencing) with audio dial-in/dial-out (Office 365 service)

 3. Online registered users with Microsoft Calling plans (O365 telephone lines)

Skype for Business full cloud users are licensed completely via Office 365 subscriptions.

Office 365 licensing

  • Office 365 E1 & E3 plan covers Microsoft Skype for Business activation, provides Presence, peer-to-peer SfB IM/Audio/Video conversations and activates SfB IM/Audio/Video conferencing + Skype for Business Audio Conferencing Add-on MS Subscription for every user that needs PSTN Conferencing with audio dial-in/dial-out (Office 365 service) + Skype for Business Phone System (Cloud PBX) Add-on MS Subscription for every user that needs telephony (call control) functionalities delivered by Office 365 + Microsoft Calling plan (domestic or international) for every user with telephony functionalities and a telephone number via Office 365 or telephone lines through Office 365
  • Office 365 E5 plan covers Microsoft Skype for Business activation, provides Presence, peer-to-peer SfB IM/Audio/Video conversations, SfB IM/Audio/Video conferencing and activates SfB Phone System (Cloud PBX) providing telephony (call control) functionalities delivered by Office 365 + Microsoft Calling plan (domestic or international) for every user with telephony functionalities and a telephone number via Office 365 or telephone lines through Office 365 NB: Office 365 E5 plan exists in two version including or excluding Skype for Business Audio Conferencing (PSTN Conferencing) with audio dial-in/dial-out (Office 365 service)

The following Office 365 licensing table gives a brief overview of the structure above:

 Microsoft Skype for Business Cloud Voice

 Some useful facts

  • When a user with Enterprise Voice or Cloud Voice receives or makes a traditional telephone call, it’s possible to transfer this as a SfB Audio call (VoIP). It possible to transfer to an internal or external SfB user without Enterprise Voice or Cloud Voice activated/licensed (e.g. an Office 365 E3 user without add-ons).
  • When a user with Enterprise Voice or Cloud Voice receives or makes a traditional telephone call, it’s possible to escalate this to a Skype for Business conference. This can include other traditional telephony users and/or internal/external SfB users without Enterprise Voice or Cloud Voice activated/licensed (e.g. an Office 365 E3 user without add-ons).
  • SfB users with no Enterprise Voice or Cloud Voice activation (no telephony functionalities) can connect with traditional telephony users via dial-out conferencing. This workaround is quite complex however, it requires activation of dial-out conferencing (Office 365 E3 + Audio Conferencing add-on or Office 365 E5 with Conferencing) and implicates additional per minute consumption charges when delivered in Office 365.
  • SfB users with no Enterprise Voice or Cloud Voice activation (no telephony functionalities) can schedule a SfB Online meeting including Audio Conferencing dial-in functionalities for traditional telephony users (requires Office 365 E3 & Audio Conferencing add-on orOffice 365 E5 with Conferencing).

 

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Inia

 is part of the Xylos group and is a Belgian ICT services supplier with a focus on the design, the implementation and the management of Unified Communications, Networking and Security solutions. For more than a decade Inia has been a leading system integrator working with Microsoft UC and Enterprise/

 

 

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