Office 365 - Skype for Business

Last Updated: 02/14/2020

Skype for Business Retirement

Microsoft has announced that Microsoft Teams will replace Skype for Business as the collaboration, chat, calling and meeting platform for Office 365. To make sure this switch doesn’t take Skype for Business users by surprise, OIT will proactively switch campus Skype for Business users to Teams-only mode on Tuesday, March 3, in order to minimize disruption. Microsoft Teams is already in use on campus - learn more or request a team today!


Skype for Business connects users with variety of features on devices running all major operating systems. Some of the features include:

  • Communicate from anywhere with an internet connection
  • Easily switch between instant message, audio and video capabilities or use all at once
  • Screen sharing and online presentations
  • Integration with other Office 365 products
  • Desktop and mobile applications
  • Meeting capabilities through a web browser

Skype for Business for Desktop

Skype for Business desktop application is available for both Windows and Mac operating systems (Linux users must use a third-party application). Reference the links below to download and set up:

Note: Older versions of Mac OSX do not support Skype for business. Users running Mac OSX 10.10 Yosemite and older should use Lync. 

Mobile Devices

An application is available for both Apple iOS (on both iPhone and iPad) and Android operating systems. Reference the links below to download and set up Lync:

Note: Users should visit Help for Skype for Business on a Mobile Device to learn more about mobile app issues and tips.


Schedule a Meeting

A meeting can be scheduled in Outlook by selecting New Skype Meeting while viewing your calendar. Detailed instructions on scheduling meetings in Outlook and the Outlook Web App are available on Microsoft's Set up a Skype Meeting page. 

Join a Meeting

Join a meeting by clicking the Join Skype Meeting link provided in a received meeting invite, or select the meeting in the Skype for business client and click the Join button.

Help Resources


CU Boulder is committed to providing help information and assistance with campus services for all users, including those with accessibility concerns. Skype for Business accessibility considerations, information for content creators, alternatives/workarounds, and more can be found on the Accessibility page.