Surface Hub: Skype for Business vs Teams

Surface Hub supports running both Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams, based on the Teams mode you configure.

Skype for Business supports both On-Premises and Online deployments, whereas Teams is available online only.

The following table lists the major differences between the Skype for Business and the Microsoft Teams functionalities on Surface Hub:

Functionality Microsoft Teams Skype for Business
Join Scheduled meetings
Create Ad-hoc meetings
Make/Receive PSTN calls* ✔ Outbound only
Make/Receive Audio calls
Make/Receive Video calls
Instant messaging
Screen sharing
Auto camera switching
Store update**
Windows update**
Whiteboard launch
Maximum live incoming video 4 simultaneous streams 2 simultaneous streams
Connect to On Premises environment
Can be used with Meeting Room license
Can be used with another UC app
QOS Ready

* PSTN calling is Subject to licensing
** Skype for Business is part of the OS and will update when OS updates are available. Microsoft Teams is a Windows Store UWP app and will update automatically from the store as updates become available.

  • In Teams mode 0 and 1 the appropriate UI will launch based on the type of the invite; the Skype UI will launch if it’s a Skype for Business scheduled meeting, and the Teams UI will launch id it’s a Teams scheduled meeting.
  • You can still launch the full Teams client from the Microsoft Edge browser on Surface Hub, that will provide you with the full Microsoft Teams experience, using the Surface Hub’s cameras, microphones, speakers and touch.
  • Launching the Microsoft Whiteboard from inside the Teams app will automatically grant access to anyone in the meeting (Tenant limitations apply), enabling them to co-author simultaneously from any supported device.

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