About Skype for Business

Microsoft Skype for Business

Microsoft Skype for Business (formerly called Lync) is the unified communications tool working with Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, and Office applications. Features included in Skype for Business are:

  • Presence states panel with enhanced privacy settings, status settings set manually or automatically through Outlook calendar and custom access levels for specific contacts.
  • See Presence information for your contacts in Outlook, Share Point and other Office applications.
  • Updated user interface featuring easy to find and common functions such as visual voicemail, contact list and active conversation list on a dashboard
  • Communicate, send and share information directly from 2013 Office applications including Word, PowerPoint and Excel with “Save & Send” to IM, Web, SharePoint and more.
  • Upgraded conferencing features with desktop and application sharing, PowerPoint uploads and whiteboard capabilities. Schedule and join meetings with a single click in Outlook or in the meeting reminder.
  • Enhanced tools for conference organizers.
  • Conversation history tab helps tracks phone calls and IM’s for quick reference and keeping track of conversations with participants.

Skype for Business Download

Windows installations and Mac installations are different please read the following instructions. Where you get the download depends on your UF affiliation for Windows users due to licensing restrictions.

For Windows Users:

The Skype for Business download access link requires GatorLink authentication and is intended for use by faculty, staff, employees, and students as allowed by the Microsoft licensing agreement.

Skype for Business software download link: http://www.it.ufl.edu/gatorcloud/free-software-downloads-office-365-proplus/get-o365-proplus/

For Mac users:

Mac users must download Skype for Business software from this site: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=54108

Note that to use audio, all users will need a microphone and speakers for their computer. To use video, they will need a web camera.


Microsoft Skype for Business Migration FAQs

The Tier-2 support committee has compiled a list of frequently asked questions. Please contact your departmental IT support personnel if you have any questions not covered in the FAQ below.

 Faculty and Staff

  • Will my Lync or Skype client interface change?
    • If you are using Lync 2013 or Skype for Business 2015 (as part of Office 2013) your client will get an updated user interface after you have migrated. Clients on Skype for Business 2016, Office 2011 for Mac, or Skype for Mac will not see any change.
  • Will I need to upgrade my client as part of the migration?
    • On PC, UFIT supports Lync 2013, Skype for Business 2015 (Office 2013) and Skype for Business 2016 with at least the office updates from July 2016 installed.
    • On Mac, UFIT supports Lync 2011 for Mac and Skype for Business Mac on the latest patch level.
  • Will my contacts move with me when I am migrated to Skype for Business?
    • Yes! Your contacts are migrated along with your account.
  • Will my existing conferences continue to work after I am migrated to Skype for Business?
    • Yes, your existing meetings will be migrated.
  • Will my meeting content migrate to Skype for Business?
    • Yes, your meeting content will be migrated along with your account.
  • Will my Mobile client continue to work?
  • Will my 3rd party IM Client continue to work after the upgrade?
    • Users of 3rdparty IM clients such as Pidgin or Adium should confirm that they are configured to autodiscover server settings and not specifying any servers by name. Please note, these clients are not supported by Microsoft and support is best effort from UFIT.
  • I joined a meeting and got an error that “I couldn’t connect to the server for presenting right now”