Use Skype for Business from within Outlook on the web

You can now launch and perform some basic Skype for Business tasks right from your navigation bar in Outlook on the web for business (Outlook Web App) in Office 365.

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 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 ).

  4. You can also start a conversation from the Outlook contact card of the person by clicking the IM icon ( IM icon on contact card ).

    Outlook contact card with IM button highlighted

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.

Leave a conversation

  1. Right-click the person's image in the sidebar, and choose Close conversation.

  2. You will be asked to confirm that you want to leave the conversation and remove it from the sidebar. Click (or tap) either Close or Cancel.

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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