Use Skype to begin communicating and collaborating in new and more efficient ways.

One application provides you with the tools to communicate via audio, video, and web conferencing, instant messaging, and file and application sharing. Office 365 integrates Skype for Business with your Outlook calendar and mailbox, enabling you to schedule and start meetings from your Outlook calendar or the Skype desktop client.

Introduction to Skype for Business (article/video)
What's Skype for Business (video)

Microsoft Resources

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Schedule a Meeting
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Meet and Share
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Adding a Contact

Printable Tip Sheets

Change Stored Email, Username, or Password
Setting Desktop Options
Audio Setup
Audio Use
Schedule a Meeting
Join a Meeting - with Office 365 Account
Join a Meeting - as Guest with Web App
Meeting Window Tour for Presenters
Meeting Window Tour for Attendees

Frequently Asked Questions

Skype Means?
How do I login to Skype for Business?
How do I install Skype for Business?

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What does Skype mean? The name origin of the software:

Skype was released in 2003 as software for peer-to-peer (P2P) communication. Since this was the original idea for the product, and what would make it different, the name had to reflect the project idea. However, the official name of the product Skype doesn't do that - or at least not in an obvious way. What people often don't know is that before Skype was chosen to represent the project, another name was used - sky peer-to-peer.

It is thought that "sky" was chosen to reflect that the network was passing the information through the air - the sky.

Sky peer-to-peer was then abbreviated to "Skyper". However, some of the domain names associated with "Skyper" were already taken. Dropping the final "r" left the current title "Skype".

Reference: Wikipedia & High Names


How do I login to Skype for Business?

Skype for Business can be used to communicate via instant messaging (IM), online meetings, audio and video calling at work or on the go.

You will need the following to sign-in to Skype for Business*:

  • Sign-in address = Your primary work email address (system office users:
  • Username = Your Office 365 username/UPN:
  • Password = StarID password*

Open Skype for Business from your PC.

 Note: Skype for Business doesn’t have a tile in the Office 365 portal app launcher. You can access the web app via the apps: Calendar, Mail, and People (see icon in upper-right).

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* Clicking "Save my password" will store your email address, username, and password. Future sign-in may prompt for your password, especially after a restart or relocation. 

Skype Save Sign In

How do I install Skype for Business?

Skype should be installed with the Office Suite.  If for some reason you need to install it separately, submit a ticket to your local desktop support.

Will I be able to answer Skype for Business calls and join meetings with my desk phone?

Not yet. Integrated audio communication is in the plan for future development but we are a ways off.

You will be able to use Skype for Business computer audio to meet online and video chat.

I don't have Skype for Business installed on my PC - is there another way to schedule/join a Skype for Business meeting?

The full capabilities of Skype for Business (IM, audio, video, content sharing) are only available via the client app installed on your computer. 

Skype for Business meetings may be scheduled through the client app on your desktop, Outlook, and Outlook Web App (an option in the schedule a meeting process).

If you don't have Outlook or Windows, or don't have a browser that supports the Outlook Web App, try using the Skype for Business Web Scheduler

With Skype for Business Web Scheduler, you can create new meetings, change your existing meetings, and send invitations with your favorite email program. 

The IM (chat) functionality is available through the Office 365 portal - People app. 

Install Skype for Business on a Mac

How do I install Skype for Business (Lync) for Mac?

The Microsoft blog posted that "OneDrive for Business will be available before the end of [2015] and Skype for Business in 2016."

In the meantime, users with Office for Mac Standard 2011 on or after October 1, 2011 will have an Office suite that includes Lync for 2011 instead of Communicator for Mac 2011. Customers with active Software Assurance coverage for Office for Mac Standard 2011 on or after October 1, 2011 can use either Communicator for Mac 2011 or upgrade to Lync for Mac 2011.

The following instructions apply to Lync for 2011.

First, install the Lync app. Next, to use Lync for Mac 2011 with Office 365, you need to login to the Office 365 portal and click Install Skype for Business (Lync).

Install Skype for Business (Lync):

1. Download the Lync App from the App Store.
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2. Click Continue on the install Welcome window.

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3. Click Continue on the install Software Licence Agreement window.

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Select the Hard Drive on the Mac you want to install the app on.

4. Click Agree to accept the software license agreement.

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Login to the Office 365 portal with your system Office 365/UPN credentials ( / StarID password).

5. Click on the Settings icon in the upper-right (next to the question mark).

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6. Click Software.

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7. Click Skype for Business in the menu on the left.

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8. Install the Lync for Mac 2011 update, steps are similar to installing the app--see #2 above.

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9. Launch the Lync app from the Mac and follow the setup steps.

    • For Email Address AND User ID use your Office 365/UPN username:
    • Password is your StarID password

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10. Click Advanced at the bottom of the Lync:mac window (above).

    • Select Manual configuration. 
    • For the server names enter:
    • Click OK.

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11. Launch the Lync for Mac 2011 app. Add contacts to your Microsoft Lync.

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Learn more about Lync for Mac 2011 features.

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