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About Skype for Business

Skype for Business is a multi-channel communications tool which allows you to communicate and collaborate with others in real time. It offers a range of features, including:

  • Video and audio conferencing 
  • Instant messaging 
  • Live presence 
  • Integration with Outlook 
  • Document and desktop sharing 
  • Easy & safe to use interface
Key benefits

Skype for Business enables you to:

  • Host, participate and record online meetings with up to 250 people
  • Quickly connect with your contacts in real time through instant messaging, audio & video
  • Easily collaborate with others with ability to share your desktop and Microsoft applications
  • Work with anyone in the world in real time including colleagues from other institutions, Consumer Skype and non-Skype users
  • Display your presence status to notify others about your availability
  • Manage your communication from anywhere in the world on a range of devices including PCs, laptops, tablets and mobile phones
Getting started with Skype for Business

From July 2017, all staff and postgraduate research students working at Strathclyde will be enabled for Skype for Business.

Please visit our learning page for more information about logging on to Skype for Business for the first time. That's also the place you can explore the key features and learn how to make the most out of your Skype client.

Skype for Business Pilot

We will be running a Skype for Business Pilot in the school of Electronic & Electrical Engineering from April 2017. The aim of the pilot is test a range of user interactions and identify any technical issues before the University-wide roll-out.

The pilot will commence in two batches:

  • Week beginning 17th April for Academic, Academic-Professional, Admin & Technical Staff
  • Week beginning 24th April for Research Staff and PhD/EngD Researchers

During the pilot all staff and PGR students will receive instructions on how to download and install the Skype for Business client.


Joining the pilot

We appreciate that many staff and PGR students may be interested in joining the pilot from outwith the EEE. We are sorry for not being able to accommodate such requests at present as the system is still in Beta mode and we are using the pilot to identify and resolve any technical issues. 

In the meantime, please keep visiting our website or contact the team for regular updates about the roll-out of Skype for Business.

Skype for Business for non-staff / PGR students

As a non-Skype for Business user, you can still participate in Skype for Business meetings and calls by using the web client.

To join the meeting, simply ask the meeting host to send you an invitation using your email address. In the invitation email you receive there will be an option to download a temporary web client. 

Useful contacts

To find out more about Skype for Business, please contact:

Graham Christie (Project Manager)

Agnes Branny (Project Co-ordinator)


If you’re looking for advice on available training, please contact: