Join a Skype Meeting with Skype for Business Web App

If you don’t have the desktop version of Skype for Business, or don’t have a Skype for Business account, you can use Skype for Business Web App to join a Skype Meeting from your browser.

Important: You don't need to download or install any apps to join a Skype Meeting with Skype for Business Web App. Just select the link in the meeting request email and follow the instructions in the browser window to join.

If you're having difficulty joining, check out Trouble installing the Skype for Business Web App Plug-in?.

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Join the meeting
Join the meeting with the desktop version of Skype for Business
Join with Skype for Business Web App if Skype for Business desktop is installed

Join the meeting

Here are the basic steps to join a Skype Meeting from Skype for Business Web App:

  1. Open the meeting request in your email or calendar and select Join Skype Meeting.

  2. Enter your name on the sign-in screen and select Join the meeting.

    Sign in to Skype for Business Web App as a guest or with your organization's credentials
  3. Follow your browser's instructions for installing the Skype for Business Web App Plug-in, which is required for audio, video, and screen sharing.

  4. Depending on the meeting options set by the organizer, you'll either join the meeting immediately, or be directed to the virtual lobby.
    Skype for Business Web App virtual lobby

    If you're in the lobby, the meeting organizer and other presenters are immediately notified that you're waiting.
    Admit someone who is waiting in the lobby

Learn more:

Explore the Skype for Business Web App meeting room
Connect to a Skype Meeting by phone with Skype for Business Web App
Share and present content from Skype for Business Web App

If you run in to trouble, or just want more detail, read on:

  1. To begin, do one of the following:

    • If you have Outlook or Outlook Web App, go to your Calendar, open the meeting request, and select Join Skype Meeting.

      OR

    • Open the email with the meeting request and select Join Skype Meeting.

      Tip:  If you’re having trouble joining the meeting, open an InPrivate Browsing session in Internet Explorer and try joining the meeting again.

  2. When Skype for Business Web App opens, do one of the following to join the meeting:

    • To join as a guest, enter your name and select Join the meeting.

      OR

    • To join a meeting set up by someone in your organization, select Sign in if you are from the organizer’s company or Sign in if you are an Office 365 user, and then enter the same user name and password you use to sign in to your organization's network.

    Tip: Select Remember me on this computer to help speed up the join process the next time you use Skype for Business Web App. This option also gives you more choices for connecting to meeting audio the next time you join.

  3. Follow your browser’s instructions for downloading and installing the plug in. For example, in Internet Explorer, select Run when you see the alert at the bottom of the browser window.

    Important: The Skype for Business Web App plug-in is required for audio, video, and screen sharing, so you should install it even if you plan to call in to the meeting by phone. You only need to install it once.

  4. In the Skype for Business Web App plug-in security alert, select Allow.

  5. If a Windows Firewall security alert appears, it’s OK to select Cancel if you don’t have administrator privileges on your computer. This won't affect your meeting.

  6. If you’ve already joined the meeting and the plug-in didn’t install, point to the phone icon and select Call to start the installation process.

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Join the meeting with the desktop version of Skype for Business if the meeting request is from someone in your organization

If the meeting request is from a colleague or co-worker, you may be able install and use the desktop version of Skype for Business for more features and flexibility during the meeting. If your organization uses Office 365, you can install Skype for Business and other desktop apps from the Office 365 portal. Otherwise, contact your workplace technical support—typically the person who set up your Skype for Business account —for the location of the download.

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Join with Skype for Business Web App if Skype for Business desktop is installed

In some cases you may want to join a meeting with Skype for Business Web App even if the desktop version of Skype for Business is installed.

  1. In the meeting request, right-click or tap and hold the Join Skype Meeting link, and select Copy Hyperlink.

  2. Paste the meeting link into a browser address box, and add ?sl=1 at the end. For example: https://join.contoso.com/meet/patrick/ABCDEFGH?sl=1

  3. Press Enter to join the meeting with Skype for Business Web App.

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See Also

Trouble installing the Skype for Business Web App Plug-in?

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