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Microsoft Lync Online Plan Comparison
  general features Lync Online Plan 1 Lync Online Plan 2
Instant messaging (IM: 1:1 and multi-party) and presence (online availability status)
Lync to Lync calling (1:1 voice and HD video)
Microsoft Lync federation for connecting to users in other organizations that use Lync
Lync-Skype connectivity for communicating with millions of Skype users worldwide
Lync mobile clients for flexibility to work across multiple platforms, devices, and online services
Lync web app for joining meetings through a web-based browser
Persistent chat for creating topic-based discussion rooms that persist over time
Lync skills search to allow users to search SharePoint My Site pages for names, keywords or specific skills
Content sharing through screen sharing, virtual whiteboards and PowerPoint
Ability to initiate ad-hoc and scheduled meetings
Ability to initiate multi-party Lync audio/video sessions
Meeting controls for setting up the organizer, lobby experience and join from
OneNote sharing for enhanced in-meeting note taking
Lync audio conferencing
Interoperability with 3rd party audio conferencing providers
Lync multi-party video
Enterprise voice functionality including malicious call trace, E911 and call park
24/7 Microsoft IT-level phone support
 
  Clients for Lync Online Lync Online Plan 1 Lync Online Plan 2
Lync 2013
Lync 2013 Basic
Lync Windows Store App
Lync for Mac2011
Supported, but not included
Supported, but not included
 
  CONTACTS MANAGEMENT Lync Online Plan 1 Lync Online Plan 2
Contact card configuration
Picture configuration
Contact list configuration
Unified contact store
Address book search
Distribution list expansion
 
  LYNC-TO-LYNC AUDIO, VIDEO AND MEDIA Lync Online Plan 1 Lync Online Plan 2
Desktop sharing
Application sharing
File transfer
Voice
Video
Media path optimization
Network quality of service (QoS) - Differentiated services code point (DSCP)
May participate if invited
May participate if invited
 
  FEDERATION AND PUBLIC IM CONNECTIVITY Lync Online Plan 1 Lync Online Plan 2
Office communications server 2007 R2 and Lync server 2010 (IM, presence, audio, video, conferencing)
XMPP (used by Google talk for example) and Sametime federation
Windows live messenger and skype federation
AOL and Yahoo federation
 
  LYNC MEETINGS Lync Online Plan 1 Lync Online Plan 2
Ad-hoc and schedule audio conferencing
Ad-hoc and schedule video conferencing
Active speaker video
H.264 encoding and decoding
Multi-party video
High definition video or pictures of attendees
Presenter controls
Participant selected view
OneNote sharing
Ad-hoc and schedule web conferencing
Dial-in PSTN conferencing via certified audio conferencing provider (ACP)
Desktop sharing
Application sharing
PowerPoint sharing
File transfer
Whiteboard and annotations
PowerPoint upload
Polling
Client-side recording and playback
Server-side recording and playback
Meeting lobby
Participant anonymous join with Lync web app
Schedule Lync meetings in Outlook
Schedule Lync meetings in Outlook on behalf of others (delegation)
Schedule Lync meetings with web scheduler
Schedule online meetings in Outlook web app
Outlook delegation for scheduling meetings
Create public meetings with static meeting IDs from Outlook
May participate if invited
May participate if invited
 
  SECURITY AND ARCHIVING Lync Online Plan 1 Lync Online Plan 2
IM and media encryption
IM and file filtering
Client version control
IM content archiving
Conference content archiving
Application sharing and desktop sharing archiving
User level archiving configuration
 
  EXCHANGE AND SHAREPOINT INTEROPERABILITY Lync Online Plan 1 Lync Online Plan 2
Presence Interoperability with Exchange server
Presence interoperability with Exchange online
Unified messaging interoperability with Exchange server
Unified messaging interoperability with Exchange online
Outlook web app interoperability
Archiving interoperability with Exchange server
Archiving interoperability with Exchange online
Skill search with SharePoint server
Skill search with SharePoint online
 
  LYNC ONLINE ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT Lync Online Plan 1 Lync Online Plan 2
Microsoft Office 365 portal
Microsoft Office 365 admin center
Lync admin center
 
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