Getting started

The Skype for Business program will start up and log you in automatically on a AUAS managed ICT workstation. On a self-managed ICT workstation (like a Mac), smartphone or tablet, you will need to install the software and sign in once.

The program will start automatically on your AUAS managed ICT workstation and you are already signed in as well. To use Skype for Business, you only need to open the program. Click on the light blue icon on the taskbar on the bottom right of your screen (where the time and date are also displayed). You can also access the software via the Start menu > All programs > Microsoft Office 2013 > Skype for Business.

Do you use an self-managed ICT workstation that runs Windows, and have you installed the MS Office Suite (version 2013 or later)? If so, Skype for Business is already included in this software package. If this is not the case, you can add the software by going to Control panel > Programs and Features > Microsoft Office Professional Plus > Edit > Add functions > Microsoft Lync. Click on ‘Run from my computer'.

Alternately, you can add the software as a separate application:
Download Microsoft Skype for Business Basic
However, this program offers reduced functionality without the MS Office Suite.

In order for Skype for Business to work properly, it is important that the latest Microsoft updates have been installed.

Sign in

When signing in for the first time, you will need your AUAS e-mail address and password.

  • Open Skype for Business.
  • First, enter your complete AUAS e-mail address (not an alias) and then click ‘Sign in’.
  • Now enter your password and tick the box ‘Remember my password'. From now on, you will automatically be signed into Skype for Business when you log on to your computer.

To allow the program to start automatically in future, select ‘Tools’ from the main menu, then ‘Options', ‘Personal’ and tick the box for ‘Automatically start the app when I log on to Windows’.

It is recommended that you use Office for Mac 2016 or a more recent version.

Download Skype for Business for Mac

Please note: on a Mac, some parts of Skype for Business have reduced functionality. The link with Outlook, sharing programmes, setting your location and using a whiteboard in online meetings, are not yet available. See the current status of available functions per device on Microsoft's website.

Sign in

When signing in for the first time, you will need your AUAS e-mail address and password.

  • Open Skype for Business.
  • First, enter your complete AUAS e-mail address (not an alias).
  • Then enter your password and tick the box ‘Remember my password'. From now on, you will automatically be signed into Skype for Business when you log on to your computer.

To allow the program to start automatically in future: add Skype for Business to the list of 'Login Items' via System Preferences > Users & Groups > Login Items.

Microsoft does not provide software specifically for Linux operating systems. You can install Pidgin, including the SIPE plug-in. The functionality is limited, although the chat and status features can be used.

For Android, iOS and Windows, you can download the Skype for Business app. Note: not all functions of Skype for Business are available for use on a mobile device.

Sign in

When signing in for the first time, you will need your AUAS e-mail address and password.

  • Open the Skype for Business app.
  • First, enter your complete UvA e-mail address (not an alias).
  • Enter your password.

Published by  ICT Services 6 May 2020