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Skype for Business: 3 ways to stay in touch

Thursday, September 14, 2017
Sean O'Malley  

Screen shot: A video chat session in Skype for BusinessDo you have a quick question for a colleague, something that is too short for an email but not urgent enough for a phone call? Have you ever wished you could share your screen while having a conversation with a colleague? Would you like to host a meeting with participants from multiple campuses without asking anyone to drive to Athens?

If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” then Skype for Business may be the tool for you. Skype for Business offers instant messaging, screen sharing, video chat, and online meetings, all tightly integrated with Outlook and Outlook on the Web, and all at no cost for OHIO faculty and staff.

Instant messaging: Quick, easy, and to the point

Skype for Business makes it easy to chat with colleagues. As long as you both have Skype for Business active on your computers or mobile devices, chatting is as easy as clicking and typing. Your messages stay private, each conversation has its own history, and there’s no spam or clutter to sort through.

Video chat and screen sharing: Remote presentations, guest lectures, and interviews

Video chat in Skype for Business makes it easy for someone in a remote location to interact in real time with an individual, a group, or a lecture hall full of students. Combined with screen sharing, video chat is a perfect way for someone to give a presentation or guest lecture from off campus. For job interviews, Skype for Business can bring you face to face with your candidates without the cost of an airline ticket or long drive.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. When it comes to online collaboration, a screen share can be worth even more. With the click of a button, you can let a colleague see what you are doing on your screen in real time. Whether you’re giving a presentation, editing a document, or just showing someone how you use your device, Skype for Business makes it easy to share a single window or your entire desktop.

Online meetings: Save on travel

If you need to schedule a meeting with colleagues in multiple buildings, on multiple campuses, or even in multiple states or countries, Skype for Business is your solution. With interactive video, audio, and screen sharing plus easy integration with Outlook calendar invitations, Skype for Business brings everyone together without having to bring everyone to the same place.

Skype vs Skype for Business

If you’ve ever used Microsoft’s Skype, then Skype for Business will feel familiar. Skype for Business includes many of the same features as regular Skype, with several added benefits, including:

Calendar integration

Add a Skype for Business link to a Catmail meeting invitation with a single click, making it easy for remote attendees to join in.

OHIO directory search

Skype for Business uses the same OHIO directory as Catmail, so you can easily look up colleagues and invite them to chat sessions, video sessions, or online meetings.

Larger meeting capacity

Online meetings in Skype for Business allow significantly more participants than regular Skype.

How to get Skype for Business

Skype for Business comes as a free add-in to Office 2016 for PC/Mac. It’s also available as a mobile app. Visit the OIT Skype for Business home page for more information about how to install Skype for Business.

Hands-on help for departmental setup

If your department is interested in trying Skype for Business, but you aren’t sure where to start, OIT can send one of our support professionals to give you a hands-on overview of the tool and help you get set up.

If you have any questions about using Skype for Business or would like to schedule a departmental visit, contact the IT Service Desk.

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