Use Skype for Business from within Yammer

Launch and perform basic Skype for Business tasks right from your navigation bar in Yammer in Office 365. To use this, you need a Skype for Business license as part of your Office 365 subscription. 

Launch Skype for Business from the navigation bar

  1. On the navigation bar, click (or tap) the Skype for Business icon ( Skype for Business icon on the Office 365 navigation bar ).

    Navigation bar in Office 365
  2. Choose the Skype for Business task that you want to do.

    Sidebar showing options available: Search for people, View your contacts list, and Start a conversation

Search for people in your organization

  1. Click (or tap) the magnifying glass ( Search for contacts ).

  2. In the search box, type the name of who you want to contact.

  3. Select the person from the contacts list.

  4. To add the person to your contacts list, click Add To Contacts.

View your contacts list

  1. Click (or tap) the address book icon ( View your contacts list ).

  2. Choose a contact from the list or search for someone else.

Start a conversation

  1. Click (or tap) the plus sign ( Start a conversation ).

  2. In the conversation window, type your message.

  3. To add other people to the conversion, click (or tap) the add people icon ( Add other people to the conversation ).

View your active conversations

  1. Look in the sidebar (below the task symbols) to see if you have active conversations. New messages in these conversations will show an orange badge.

    Active conversations are shown below the basic task symbols
  2. When someone initiates a new conversation with you, you'll be notified by a blue badge on the Skype for Business icon ( Skype for Business icon with notification badge ) on the Office 365 navigation bar.

View Skype for Business presence status in a Yammer user profile

  1. Hover over a user's name in Yammer to see a hover card with the profile information of the user.

  2. In the hover card, you will see the Skype for Business presence status of the user.

    Hover card presence status

  3. To visit the profile page of a user, click a user's name in Yammer. You will see the Skype for Business presence status of the user.

    Profile page presence status

Call user with the Skype for Business Desktop client

  1. In the Yammer user hover card, click Call with Skype. This launches the Skype for Business desktop client and opens a chat with that person.

    Hover card call with Skype

  2. To find Call with Skype, go to the profile page of a user, and click the user's name in Yammer.

    Profile page call with Skype

    Skype for Business chat window

Frequently asked questions

What happens if I have on-premises Skype for Business (no Skype for Business online account)?

For a user without a Skype for Business license in their Office 365 account, the Skype for Business icon on the Office 365 navigation bar is not visible. Also, none of the integrated experiences in Yammer will be visible. This requirement for Skype for Business online is the same as that for Outlook Web Access - more information here.

Is the Skype for Business integrated with Yammer mobile apps?

This is part of our future plans, but currently, integration with Skype for Business is only available with the Yammer web experience. 

What are the Skype for Business online presence states?

Here is the list. Read more here about Skype for Business online presence status.

Presence state

Picture

Available

Available

Away

Away

Busy

Busy

Do Not Disturb

Do Not Disturb

Offline

Offline

Blocked

Blocked

Unknown

Unknown

Note: Want to experience all of the full, rich features of Skype for Business? Find out how to download Skype for Business across all your devices.

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