The Office of Information Technology is proud to present Skype for Business, a new system providing workplace instant messaging, video chat, and collaboration for TAMHSC faculty, staff, and students.

Skype for Business Features:

• Instant Messaging
• Video calls
• Skype Meetings: Use Skype to schedule meetings within Outlook
• Presentations: Share your desktop, start a whiteboard, poll, or have a Q&A session with other users
• Share documents: Upload and share documents while sending instant messages or in a Skype meeting
• Collaborate with other schools and companies that use Skype for Business

The following tutorial will explore the basics of Skype for Business, covering topics such as:

Skype and Video Calls

Meetings in Skype for Business

Groups in Skype for Business 

Adding External Contacts in Skype for Business


Skype and Video Calls

How to start a call:

  • Right click on a contact and choose “Start a Video Call.”

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  • [Optional] Start a video call from the chat window.

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  • While in the video call, you can share files, chat, mute your mic and present.

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  • In order to share a document with multiple contacts within a conversation, simply drag the document into the conversation. Options for sharing documents include Everyone, Presenter, and Organizer. 

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Meetings in Skype for Business

From Outlook:

  • Select your attendee or attendees, and time as you would for a normal meeting.

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  • Next choose Skype Meeting. This will insert the necessary links for the meeting request.

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From Skype for Business [Optional]:

  • Right click a contact.

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  • From the popout menu, choose “Schedule a Meeting.” This will open a meeting request in Outlook.

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Groups in Skype for Business

  • Click on the yellow highlighted icon shown below.

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  • Select “Create a New Group.”

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  • Name the new group and add your designated contacts (either by dragging or search).

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Adding External Contacts in Skype for Business

Only Skype for Business and Skype users can be added.

  • Click on the highlighted icon shown below.

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  • Select “Add a Contact Not in My Organization” and then choose “Skype for Business” or Skype.”

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  • Enter the Instant Message (IM) address of the external contact.

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