Skype for Business

What is Skype for Business?

Skype for Business, formerly known as Microsoft Lync, is a unified communications and collaboration platform that brings together an experience inspired by Skype. 

Why use Skype for Business at GVSU?

Skype for Business works with the products you’re already using. Easily conduct online meetings, messaging, calls and video from inside your Microsoft Office apps.

How is Skype for Business being offered at GVSU?

If your PC has Microsoft Office 2016 installed, then you already have Skype for Business. If not, then contact the HelpDesk to schedule an appointment to see if Office 2016 or 2019 is available for your PC.

Is Skype for Business available for Mac?

Yes, if your Macintosh is running 10.11.x or 10.12.x (under the Apple, About This Mac) and you would like Skype for Business 2016 installed, please call the Helpdesk at 331-2101. 

NOTE: You must change Privacy Settings on a Macintosh to CREATE Skype meetings.

Do I have Skype or Skype for Business?

Confused about the differences between Skype and Skype for Business? These applications are similar, but not identical.

  • Skype is great for home and works well for very small organizations. If you want to use Skype at work, you have two options—either use the same Skype that you use at home or use Skype for Business.
  • Skype for Business is great for larger organizations and lets you add a lot more people to online meetings, gives you enterprise-grade security, allows you to manage employee accounts, and is integrated into your Office apps.

If you're not sure if you’re using Skype or Skype for Business, look under Help > About. It will show either Skype or Skype for Business.

Skype for Business FAQ

  • Outlook Web App (OWA) does not allow for Skype for Business meetings to be created.


Visit our Tutorials and Training page for additional information and links.