Skype for Business Video Based Screen Sharing is improved version of basic Desktop sharing available in Skype for Business 2016. It provides higher image quality for viewers, lower response time and gives better overall experience.


If the requirements listed below are met, this feature will automatically work in any screen sharing session, so you will just need to start sharing your desktop as usually.

  • Skype for Business 2016 client with recent updates installed. Versions that support the feature are:
    • Semi-Annual Enterprise Channel (Preview): 16.0.6965.2055 and later
    • Semi-Annual Enterprise Channel: 16.0.6741.2048 and later
    • Current Channel (Preview)/Current Channel: 16.0.7070.2013 and later
    • MSI: 16.0.4401.1000 (July PU)
  • Feature is also supported in Skype for Business Web Access in view-only mode.

You can find out what version of Skype for Business is installed on your computer by following these steps:

  • Open any Office application, such as Word or Excel, and then create a document.
  • On the File tab, select either the Account or Help command.
  • Under Product Information, you'll see your Office product name and the full version number


In the situations listed below, screen sharing will automatically transition to the basic mode (RDP) with lower quality and will not return to Video Based Screen Sharing Mode until the end of the current session.

  • If someone who uses an older version of the Skype for Business client joins your session, for example anyone using any Windows client version that is lower than 16.0.6330.1000, Skype for Business Room System Devices, or Skype for Business Mobile Apps.
  • If a user is sharing from the Skype for Business Web App
  • If someone is using Skype for Business on Mac and not is homed on Skype for Business Online
  • If someone starts any Program/Windows Sharing
  • If someone starts recording the session
  • If someone invokes Remote Screen Control during the session.
  • Meetings with more than 250 participants