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Skype for Business: The Basics


Before you get started…

You may already have Skype for Business installed on your Windows computer. Do a quick check to see—following the instructions for your operating system.

Windows 7: Click Start, then Microsoft Office 2013 or Microsoft Office 2016. Then click All Programs and look for Skype for Business 2016.

Windows 10 or Windows 8: Click Start, then type “Skype for Business 2016”.

If you found it, you’re ready to go. If not, you’ll need to Install Skype for Business. This link also tells you how to install Skype for Business on other platforms and on your mobile devices.

Now, log into Skype for Business

Enter your Pellissippi State user ID and password, then click Sign in. (Click the Save my password checkbox if you want Skype for Business to save your password so you don’t have to enter it next time–unless you change it.)

Three User Windows

Skype for Business has three user windows.  Each window serves a different purpose to help you navigate through Skype for Business in a meeting and out of a meeting.

This is the Main Window.

It’s where your contacts are listed–so it functions as the hub of all of your Skype for Business activities.

Main window Skype for Business

This is the Conversation (IM) Window.

You can click the IM button to open the conversation window.  You can also double-click a contact’s picture to open the conversation window and start an IM.

Conversation window Skype for Business

This is the Meeting Window.

Your meeting window is where your meetings will take place.  You have the numerous controls in the meeting window, and can perform many tasks for a well organized meeting with one or many participants.

Meeting window Skype for Business

Meeting Window presenter view Skype for Business



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