Every member of the University of Guelph online community can use Skype for Businesss. Skype for Business is available on your PC, Mac, and mobile devices.
Instant messaging, presence, and contacts
Using Skype for Business, users can:
- Display their presence status—for example, Available, Away, Do Not Disturb, or Offline—to let others know their availability. Skype for Business presence information is presented throughout the Office 365 suite.
- Send and receive text messages in real time. Instant messaging is available for both Skype-to-Skype and multiparty communication. IM text is encrypted for enhanced security.
- Send and receive files up to 500 MB in size
You can read more about instant messaging, presence, and contacts here.
Skype-to-Skype audio, video, and media
Skype for Business Online users can make one-to-one computer-based audio and video calls to other Skype for Business users using a PC and a web camera. A Skype for Business Online user can initiate Skype-to-Skype audio and video calls with any another user who has Skype for Business.
Contacts can see presence, communicate by using IM, and make Skype-to-Skype audio and video calls.
Go here to find out how to set audio device options in Skype for Business.
Skype for Business Online meetings
Users can start or join an ad-hoc Skype for Business Meeting with just a few clicks in the Skype for Business client or in Microsoft Outlook. Skype for Business lets users escalate simple instant messaging conversations or email conversations to PC-based, multiparty (three or more users) audio and video meetings with shared desktops, applications, and documents. Skype for Business Online meetings can have up to 250 participants.
In addition to audio, Skype for Business enables users to connect through high quality video sessions. Both person-to-person and multiparty (three or more users) sessions are supported. Active speaker video is available only for multiparty sessions. With Skype for Business, users can easily schedule an online meeting with video or seamlessly escalate an IM session to a video call.
Find out more about Skype for Business online meetings here.
For further information and a comparison of features between the available web conferencing tools, check out Which Collaboration Tool Should I Use? on the CCS Website.
There is no cost for this service as it is provided by CCS.