Office 365: Skype for Business

What is Skype for Business?

Please note: Microsoft have announced that Skype for Business is being retired in July 2021 and replaced with Microsoft Teams. We planning to move to Microsoft Teams from December 2020

Teams is an innovative solution for teamwork that brings together chat (IM), meetings, audio/video calling, file management and a project workspace.

Where would I use MS Teams? Scenarios at the University

Do you need to catch up with staff/students working from home or based at another campus e.g. John Bull building or Truro campus? 

You can start an informal individual or group chat conversation, use audio and video if required, and share documents and links.

Are you working on projects with staff/students based at other universities or research institutions? 

You can schedule a Teams meeting at time that suits you. You can join using a desktop computer, tablet and smart phone. Present a PowerPoint presentation or show something on your screen by sharing your desktop; use whiteboards to share ideas, work collaboratively on a document and use polls to make decisions, use OneNote to take and record notes and record your meeting.


Do you have students that are working at a distance and you would like to deliver a session to them?

Schedule an MS Teams meeting in Outlook. Students can join in from anywhere. You can record the session and make available on the Stream or Panopto via your Moodle courses. 

Do you have students that are out on placement you need to catch up with?

Schedule an online meeting. You can catch up, review files and coursework etc. and record notes.

Research interviews

Arrange an online meeting with fellow researchers anywhere in the world.

Student group work

As a student you can create a group space with fellow students on MS Teams to meet online, save files and chat about project work.

Skype for Business online help

For further information on how to use Skype for Business including:

  • training guides
  • online videos
  • useful links.

See the Skype for Business online help page.