Features and benefits

Skype for Business helps you to collaborate and communicate


You can use Skype for Business to communicate with individuals or groups of users:

  • Instant messaging (IM)
  • Voice calls
  • Video calls
  • Online meetings

You can install Skype for Business on your University PC and can also use it on:

  • PC
  • Laptop
  • Mac
  • Mobile device
  • Smart phone
  • Use Skype for Business on other devices


  • Your status and availability can be linked to your Outlook calendar

You can

  • see when your work colleagues are available, this is particularly helpful for colleagues working in different locations
  • communicate with a group of colleagues using instant messaging, voice and video calls
  • hold an online meeting with PowerPoint slides
  • work collaboratively on a whiteboard
  • share documents
  • Instant messaging provides an alternative to email for quick questions and comments

Confidential meetings and documents

Skype for Business is provided as part of Microsoft's Office 365 cloud service and therefore hosted in Microsoft data centres. Although the University has completed a general Privacy Impact Assessment for this service if staff or students have any data privacy concerns about specific information they may be sharing using Skype for Business then they are advised to conduct their own Privacy Impact Assessment. The Information Assurance Office can assist with this.

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