Office 365

Skype for Business Overview


Skype for Business is a communication tool that allows you to chat in real time with coworkers and those at affiliate universities. Basic features include availability indicators, instant messaging, whiteboard, document presentation, file sharing and online meetings. Video conferencing and voice chat is also available when a web camera and microphone are connected.

Skype for Business has a strong integration with Microsoft Outlook, allowing for meeting scheduling through Outlook for virtual Skype meetings. Skype for Business also provides a platform for collaborative interaction between clients through desktop sharing. Clients may give control of their desktop, allowing meeting participants to work together on the same documents. 

Note: Please notify IT if you need to collaborate with a specific university using Skype outside of a meeting. You can create a meeting with external recipients, but we will need to add an allowance for additional services such as chat.

Use the following links to become familiar with how Skype can transform your everyday communications into powerful and time saving experiences.

Client Installation

IT will remotely install the Skype client to managed PCs on the USF Tampa Main Campus as well as USF Sarasota-Manatee.

Installation instructions for manually installing the Skype client on your personal computer or mobile device can be found here.

Mac clients can receive the newest Skype 2016 for Mac download here.

Note: If you are on a Mac and experiencing issues editing your contacts, click here for a workaround.

1. Log in to Outlook Web Access through MyUSF or at

2. Select the Skype icon in the upper right

3. Select the magnifying glass icon, then enter the person you wish to add

4. Their user page will pop up, select the Add to Contacts option 

Additional help topics about Skype can be found at Microsoft's page located here.


Skype Basics 

Adding Contacts and Creating Groups

Contacting Co-Workers Through Skype

Adjusting Audio and Video Settings


Instant Messaging, Presence, and Contacts

Skype Audio

Skype Video

Skype Meetings

Sharing and Collaborating

If you need assistance with Skype, contact the Help Desk 24/7 by calling (813) 974-1222, or by emailing us at