Skype for Business

Skype for Business is a way to connect with people inside or outside the University. It includes instant messaging, (video) calling, video meeting, and screen sharing. It integrates with Outlook.

The Skills team have created a video overview of Skype for Business.


Here is a Video overview from Microsoft about Skype for Business.

This covers:

  • Connecting to people
  • Adding someone to an IM
  • Adding audio
  • Presenting your desktop
  • Integration with other Office 365
  • Online meetings in Outlook
  • Attending an Outlook meeting

Please Note: Although the videos may show a keypad, this is not available in the student version.

Instructions for external people joining a meeting set up by University of Chichester staff (including instructions for if they don't have Skype for Business)

Online training

An online training course from Microsoft on Skype for Business is also available.

I have Skype already, why do I need Skype for Business?

Skype for business is integrated with the university phone book and systems, so you can easily search for other students and lecturers.

Although Skype and Skype for business are compatible for voice and video calling, some additional fucntionality such as screensharing will not work when making a call from one to the other, the software works much better and you can take advantage of all of the functionality if both parties are using Skype for Business.

If you already use Skype for personal use, then you may prefer to use Skype for Business for all your university use to keep the two contact lists separate and so that you can log out and not be disturbed when you are having some time out!

Getting the software

Skype for Business is already installed on University PCs, just search for 'Skype' in the start menu.

If you want to install Skype for Business on a personal device follow instructions on our Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus page.

Staff can choose to use Skype for Business to replace thier telephone system, the benefits to this are cheaper calls and the ability to answer calls away from your desk.  You can choose from a headset or a Skype phone.

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