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


  • PC: If you are using a university provided computer with Office 2013 installed, Skype for Business will be included. Go to Start -> All programs -> Microsoft Office 2013 -> Skype for Business. If Skype for Business is not installed, you can download it from
  • Mac: If Skype for Business for Mac 2011 is not installed on your computer, download it from
  • Skype for Business Provisioning: You must sign up for Skype for Business services at


  • PC: Skype for Business is included with Office 2013. Install Office 2013 from Office 365 and Skype for Business will then be available on your computer.
  • Mac: Install Skype for Business 2011 for Mac from Office 365. From the main Office 365 page, click the gear icon -> Office 365 Settings – Software -> Skype for Business

Signing into Skype for Business


  • Sign in Address: Your Skype for Business sign-in address is the same as your university provided email account.

Username Examples

  • Username: If Skype for Business prompts you for a username, add ua\ to your ua username. (Example: ua\gjjetson)


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

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.


To Schedule/Create a Skype for Business Meeting

To Schedule/Create a Lync Meeting

  • Option 1: If you are using Outlook, click New Items and then Skype for Business Meeting
  • Option 2: If you do not have Outlook available, you can create a Skype for Business meeting from the web.


To Schedule/Create a Skype for Business Meeting

  • Schedule/Create Skype for Business meetings online at
  • Sign in with the same username as Office 365. (Example:

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