Microsoft Skype for Business

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What is Skype for Business?

Skype for Business (formerly Microsoft Office Communicator and Microsoft Lync) is an instant messaging client used with Skype for Business Server or with Skype for Business Online (available with Microsoft Office 365). Skype for Business is enterprise software.

Skype Inspired Look

If you’ve used Skype, then using Skype for Business will be an easy transition. Buttons, icons, presence indicators, and even sounds will all be very familiar.

No Features Lost from Lync

All of the features you know and love from Lync can be found on Skype for Business.

Video/Audio Conferencing

View and hear meeting participants in real time.

Integration with Skype Network

Connect with anyone from your ECU address book and over 300 Million Skype users through Skype for Business.

For more information: What’s New in Skype for Business

Download Skype for Business

Students

Skype for Business is included in the Office 365 student subscription.

Faculty

PC: Skype for Business is included in your office installation.

Mac: You will need to download Skype for Business on Mac

Start an Instant Message (IM) Text Conversation

Find a Contact

Type a name into the find someone text box. Right-click the name to add that person to a contact group.

Determine Availability

Easily determine someone’s availability by checking for a green check next to their avatar (picture) in Outlook or Skype for Business. Red or yellow indicates that person is unavailable. Presence is determined by your ECU calendar, or you can manually update your status through Skype for Business.

Instant Message a Contact

Double-click or right-click a contact name and type your message into the text box. Enter sends the message. Right-click a user’s name in an email to add their name as a Skype for Business contact.

Add Others to an Online Discussion

To invite more contacts to a conversation – click the participant button in the text interface or use the keyboard shortcut, ALT+V.

Learn more

Introduction to Skype for Business  | Presence and IM

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Organize an Online Meeting

Meet Now Feature

Click the Meet Now option to start an impromptu meeting with a contact.

Send Email Invitation

From Outlook’s Home tab, click New Items and choose Skype for Business Meeting. Add the email address of each participant (even non-ECU), add an agenda or notes, and check that the Join Meeting link is in the body of the email.

It’s also a good idea to let participants know they need to check their conferencing audio and video hardware before the meeting begins. The resources to the left will help them get started.

Set Meeting Options

Configure other presenters besides yourself and how participants enter the meeting through the Skype for Business Meeting Optionsdialog box. Access the Options through Skype for Business settings or by choosing the Meeting Options button in the Outlook invitation’s ribbon.

Record a Meeting

Make sure to follow Skype for Business security guidelines. Let participants know they are being recorded and obtain a signed release form for each participant, if appropriate. Recorded meetings are formatted as MP4. It is recommended that all recordings be saved in Piratedrive.

Learn more – Audio/Video Setup

Set Up Audio and Video  | Schedule a Meeting

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Join an Online Meeting

Skype for Business Client

When Skype for Business is installed on your laptop/desktop computer, click the Join Meeting link in the email invitation, through the calendar event or through the meeting reminder pop-up. The meeting window opens on your desktop.

Web App

Participants who do not have Skype for Business installed on their laptop/desktop are automatically connected to the meeting through the Web app when they click to join. ECU participants sign in using their ECU PirateID to open all features (text, audio, video) or as a guest. Participants must install the Skype for Business Web App plug-in when prompted.

Mobile App

Be on the lookout for a Skype for Business Mobile App coming out soon. However, users may still download and use the Lync App for iPad, iPhone, Android or Windows mobile.

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Share the Desktop

Add an Attachment

Share a file during a conference or IM conversation from within the chat window. Click the window button and choose the paper clip icon under the Attachment tab.

Open the Stage

From the Share drop-down menu, choose Open Stage.

Share a Program or Presentation

Once shared, participants can edit a spreadsheet or document together, show a video or PowerPoint presentation.

Open a Whiteboard

Participants brainstorm simultaneously using the whiteboard. Annotation tools are at the bottom of the window.

Conduct a Poll

Ask the participants’ opinion!

Give Control of Your Desktop

Allow other participants to begin presenting your open document using their mouse and keyboard. Stop sharing at any time with the click of a button. Note: If you give control of your computer to another participant, that presenter has control of your whole computer.

Learn more

Meet and Share using Skype for Business

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Download Skype for Business

Students

Skype for Business is included in the Office 365 student subscription.

Add Your Photo

First upload a photo of yourself to a Web folder to which you have access (http://myweb.ecu.edu is an example). The website must not require a password. Make note of the URL of the photo (ex: http://myweb.ecu.edu/peedeepirate/images/peedee2015.jpg).
Next, open Skype for Business and click the Options gear icon to open the Options dialog box. Choose My Picture. Type the link to your online photo in the Show a picture from a website option and click the Connect to Picture button. Your image should how in the upper right of the dialog box.

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To get started using Microsoft Skype for Business, you will need to have the software installed on your machine and be given access to the system. Talk to your department technical support staff if you are unsure whether or not you have access and/or the software.

If you’ve used Skype, then using Skype for Business will be an easy transition. Buttons, icons, presence indicators, and even sounds will all be very familiar.

  • No Features Lost from Lync
    • All of the features you know and love from Lync can be found on Skype for Business.
  • Video/Audio Conferencing
    • View and hear meeting participants in real time.
  • Integration with Skype Network
    • Connect with anyone from your ECU address book and over 300 Million Skype users through Skype for Business.

What’s New in Skype for Business

      • Instant Message
      • Organize Meeting
      • Join Meeting
      • Share Desktop
      • Download Lync

Technical Info & Comparison of Features:

For a comparison of features and functions of Skype for Business clients, visit Microsoft’s Client Comparison Tables for Skype for Business Server 2015.

For a comparison of features and functions of  Skype Mobile App and Desktop versions, visit Mobile client comparison tables for Skype for Business.