What is Skype for Business?

Skype for Business is the foundation of the Microsoft unified communications strategy, providing voice, video, and meetings to customers both on-premises and in the cloud.

Skype for Business enables customers to connect teams anywhere and to millions of people on Skype, whilst providing the enterprise level security, compliance and control that businesses expect from Microsoft. Skype for Business is an integral part of Microsoft Office 365, providing Audio Conferencing, Cloud Phone System, Calling Plans, and Skype Meeting Broadcast capabilities to Office 365 users.

Skype Powers new ways of working

Communicate across devices

Connect with your team anywhere using mobile apps across Windows, iOS and Android, or bring remote participants into meeting spaces of all sizes with Skype for Business Room Systems and Surface Hub. 

Meet on your terms

Work like you are all in one room, even when you are not. From collaborative team sessions to live streaming a meeting or dialling into a conference using your phone, Skype for Business is designed for all your meeting needs. 

Modern phone systems

Make, receive, and transfer business calls in the office, at home, or on the road using phone, PC, and mobile. Increase agility and consolidate management with voice services in Office 365. 

Security, Control and Compliance

Skype for Business provides end-to-end security, control and compliance that covers everything from the user to the Enterprise. All powered by the on-demand scale and manageability of Office 365.

Skype for Business features

Unlimited number of meetings

Free online meetings for up to 10 people without a subscription.

URL invites

Invite your team with a personalised link.

Any device

Set up and join from a PC/Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Android.

Screen sharing

Share your screen or a file. Give and take control.

Built-in IM

Send instant messages during business meetings to offer new ideas.

PowerPoint upload

Present with interactive tools, with annotation, highlighting, and laser pointer.


Draft, draw and edit together as if you are in the same room.

Custom built accessories

Make your meetings even better with certified USB speakerphones, HD cameras, and headsets.

Additional features in Office 365

Office apps

Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.

Schedule business meetings with Outlook

Add a Skype Meeting link so guests can join straight from their Outlook calendar.

Large group meetings

Large group gatherings all the way up to ten thousand people with Skype Meetings Broadcast.

Anytime IMs

Start conversations with instant messages (IMs) and turn it into a video call, or keep it just as IMs only.

Collaboration tools

Record your meetings, take quick polls, run Q&As, and add attachments.

Online storage

1TB file storage and sharing for access virtually anywhere.

Reliability and administration

Guaranteed 99.9% uptime. Deploy and manage across your company.

On-demand support

24/7 phone and web support as standard from Risc IT Solutions.

Hosted Skype for Business from VIA

Unified communications mean your teams have one system for instant messaging, phone and video calls, and conferencing. It’s smart, but our Technology Partner VIA makes it smarter.

VIA's Skype for Business platform is Cloud-based, so you can forget about massive servers and equally massive upfront costs. It’s fully managed with 24-hour support. It also puts you in complete control, with a unique management portal that maps out your entire system on screen.

We’re not just helping to unify communications, we’re giving people the freedom to work wherever and however they want. We believe it’s the best Skype for Business platform available. Once you’ve tried it, you’ll believe too.

​What makes VIA UC better than other solutions?

VIA UC runs on the Skype for Business framework. Whilst Skype for Business is already a great UC solution, VIA's team of in-house developers have adapted the software to ensure the product is the most advanced unified communications platform available on the market. It integrates perfectly with Office 365 and Exchange, and gives you more features and functionality than any other Skype for Business solution - all with a simple, intuitive management portal.

Features and Benefits

​Service and Support

Through VIA we offer a fully managed, hosted UC solution for your business. From initial conversations to the implementation of your solution, we ensure that a premium service is built into every level of delivery.

Managed Portal

VIA UC comes with a very simple, visual intuitive management portal that enables you to keep control of your solution and to make changes with a few simple clicks. The VIA UC portal lets you manage multi-layered call routing, automated call attendant, ring and hunt groups and time of day routing, license setup, business reports and analytics, call recording, and employee monitoring.

​Hosted PBX

VIA UC is the only fully managed service that provides complete PBX (private branch exchange) replacement through SIP trunking and full collaboration features based on Skype for Business. Because VIA UC works alongside your existing system, with no extra hardware needed, there’s virtually no downtime. You’ll be up and ready to go within a day.

Voice Recording

VIA provides two levels of Voice Recording:

  • Standard Voice Recording
  • FCA & MiFID II Compliance Recording

Office 365 Integration

Full integration with Office 365.

​On hold Marketing

VIA UC can produce quality on hold messages using professional voice over artists to ensure your company message is always professional.

What they say

“Using Skype for Business Online voice and meeting features is helping us work together more effectively and efficiently as a global team. We’re able to move much faster in a very competitive market.”

Manager, Global Messaging and Collaboration Services, Kelly Services

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  • ISO 27001
  • Microsoft AEP
  • Microsoft Silver Partner