Microsoft Skype for Business (formerly Lync)

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This document will show you how to Install, Sign-in, and Schedule/Create Meetings in Microsoft Skype for Business.

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Skype for Business is a unified communications tool that provides Instant Messaging, Audio and Video calling, and rich web conferencing. While UAA staff and faculty have had this service for several years now, Office 365 now provides full Skype for Business functionality for students. With Skype for Business, students, staff and faculty can now create full web conferences with voice and video, desktop sharing, and digital whiteboards.

Note: If you have a staff and/or faculty role with UAA and are a student as well, please follow the Staff/Faculty instructions for Skype for Business.

Installing Skype for Business

Note: In many cases participants can join existing meetings via the Skype Web App. Simply click on the Skype meeting address sent to you by the meeting originator and you're good to go.

Staff/Faculty

  • PC: If you are using a university provided computer with Office 2016 installed, Skype for Business will be included. Go to Start -> Skype for Business 2016. If Skype for Business is not installed, you can download it from www.uaa.alaska.edu/skype
  • Mac: If Skype for Business for Mac is not installed on your computer, download it from www.uaa.alaska.edu/skype
  • Skype for Business Provisioning: You must sign-up for Skype for Business services at www.uaa.alaska.edu/skype

Students

  • PC: Skype for Business is included with Office 2016. Install Office 2016 from Office 365 and Skype for Business will then be available on your computer. From the main Office 365 page, click your name in the upper right corner, click My Account, click Manage Installs, click Install desktop applications, then click Install.
  • Mac: Install Skype for Business for Mac from Office 365. From the main Office 365 page, click the gear icon -> Software -> Skype for Business.

Signing into Skype for Business

Staff/Faculty

  • Sign in Address: Your Skype for Business sign-in address is typically in the format of <UA Username>@uaa.alaska.edu (Example: gjjetson@uaa.alaska.edu).
  • Username: If Skype for Business prompts you for a username, add ua\ to your ua username. (Example: ua\gjjetson)

Students

  • Sign in Address: Your Skype for Business sign-in address is the same username that you used to login to Office 365: username@alaska.edu (Example: gjjetson@alaska.edu)
  • Username: If Skype for Business prompts you for a username, use your sign-in address.(Example : gjjetson@alaska.edu)

Creating Skype for Business Meetings

You can create an ad-hoc Skype for Business meeting at any time by simply adding contacts to an existing conversation, however there may be times that you want to schedule a Skype for Business meeting in advance. For Staff and Faculty, Skype for Business meetings will also include a conference bridge number so that participants can dial into a meeting if a computer is not accessible. Student Skype for Business meetings must be joined via a computer.

Staff/Faculty

To Schedule/Create a Skype for Business Meeting

  • Option 1: If you are using Outlook with Exchange, click New Meeting, then click the Online Meeting icon, and click Add Online Meeting. Proceed with creating a meeting invitation as traditionally done, and click Send when completed.
  • Option 2: If you do not have Outlook with Exchange available, you can create a Skype for Business meeting from the web.

Students

To Schedule/Create a Skype for Business Meeting

  • Schedule/Create Skype for Business meetings online at This link
  • Sign in with the same username as Office 365. (Example: gjjetson@alaska.edu)
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