Skype for Business

Conduct video conferences for up to 250 participants and (coming soon) 10,000 viewers. You can share your desktop or slides, chat, carry out polls, view results and collaborate using whiteboard all in real-time. Sessions can be recorded directly onto your computer as MP4 files. 

What is Skype for Business?

Online Meeting Rooms

Great for Webinars or Conference Calls

Skype for Business is an online meeting tool.  It's perfect for both small gatherings like student groups or committee work, and for large groups like online learning, training webinars, and hybrid or online courses. 

Store Your Contacts

Stay Organized with Groups

The Skype for Business App also stores contacts - even those outside of the Stony Brook domain. You can organize your contacts into groups to quickly video call, conference call, group chat, and share attachments.


Great for Presentations

Looking to Present to a Group Online?

Skype for Business has a unique set of tools designed to help you present content and better engage your audience. See Benefits below for a complete list.

Skype for Business is a  video/voice chat program. Unlike Facetime, Oovoo, and other similar video-calling applications, Skype for Business is specifically designed to be used for group meetings and presentations. 

It's important to note that Skype for Business is different than Skype - while the two applications are similar, Skype doesn't have the collaborative features of Skype for Bussiness. Skype and Skype for Business are two distinct programs, if you have Skype installed, you will still need to install Skype for Business. 

Getting Started

Download Skype for Business

The Skype for Business app is included with the Office 365 ProPlus license and is available for all students and West campus faculty and staff, for PC and Mac.

Computers managed by Client Support already have Skype for Business installed. 

Download Office 365 ProPlus 

Sign in to Skype

After you've installed Skype for Business, run it and sign in with your email address and NetID password. 

For help finding Skype for Business on your device.

For help signing in to Skype for Business. 

You should also familiarize yourself with accepting a call and setting your status.

Create Your First Meeting

Now that you're set up, you can start your first meeting! While it's not necessary to create a meeting, it's suggested that you have a microphone or a webcam.

Learn how to configure your microphone or webcam (Suggested before meeting). 

Learn how to schedule your first webinar.

Benefits of Skype for Business

Skype for Business has a variety of unique tools that other video chat clients don't.

Schedule Your Meeting

You can connect and collaborate with up to 250 people on any device using the Web Scheduler

Interactive Tools

Skype for Business has several tools for interactive presentations, including: Whiteboard, Polls and Q & A features.

Share Desktop

Engage your audience during any online meeting by sharing your screen - participants can view your desktop or a particular program.

Delegate Control

Participants may request control of the broadcast or be granted by the presenter the role to share their desktop - this is great for getting work done remotely. 

Record Meetings

All online meetings can be recorded and downloaded as MP4 files with the Skype for Business Recording Manager - you can then share or upload these video files.


Connect using Windows PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android, and Windows phone. Not currently compatible with Linux or on the web with a Chromebook.

Not Limited to SBU Domain

You can invite individuals outside of the Stony Brook domain to join in your meetings. 

Access from Browser

Invited users can join a meeting without downloading the full Skype for Business application - they only need to download a plug in. Simply send them the meeting link.

Compliant and Secure

Online meetings can be locked-down for invitation-only, confidential meetings.

Skype for Business is HIPAA, BAA, FERPA and Export Control compliant.

Learn More

For help with the basic features of Skype for Business - check out Microsoft's Quick Start Guide.

Check out FAQ below. 

Please Contact

Customer Engagement and Support