Check availability of a contact in Lync

The quickest way to see if one of your Skype for Business (Lync) contacts is available is to find their contact listing in your Contacts list or track them down using Skype for Business (Lync) search. The vertical color-coded bar and text on the contact’s listing will indicate their availability.

contact listing with green status bar and text reading available

If someone’s not available now but you still want to connect with them as soon as possible, use Skype for Business (Lync) to get on their calendar or have Skype for Business (Lync) send you a heads-up once their status changes.

See when a contact will be available

  1. Point to the contact’s picture and click the contact card icon.

  2. On the contact card, look under Calendar to see the contact’s availability.

  3. To arrange a meeting based on the calendar information, click Schedule a meeting to open Microsoft Outlook and send a meeting request.

Screenshot of contact QuickLync and contact card with calendar and schedule a meeting highlighted

Note:  You won’t see calendar information displayed if the contact’s status is Unavailable or Unknown.

Have Skype for Business (Lync) let you know when a contact becomes available

  • On the Skype for Business (Lync) main window, in your Contacts view, right-click the contact you want to get in touch with, and select Tag for Status Change Alerts.

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