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Mobile Connection with the Skype for Business App

Updated on July 18, 2016 to reflect new name and features of app.

Skype for Business is a valuable communications tool that brings together instant messaging, audio-conferencing and videoconferencing. Those features, plus Skype for Business's ability to integrate with Outlook for contact availability and meeting scheduling, make it extremely useful.

One Skype for Business feature that does not work for us at NDSU is the ability to call-in to a Skype for Business meeting by phone. In the not too distant past, that meant you had to be at a computer to join a Lync meeting, but that has changed.

The Skype for Business app for Android, iOS and Windows is a great option for connecting to a Skype for Business meeting when you are away from your computer. With the app installed on your smartphone or tablet and a wifi or 3G/4G connection, you can join a Skype for Business meeting from your mobile device.

It's not the same as calling in by phone (you are using mobile data, not calling minutes), but it does provide a mobile connection.

You can join a scheduled Skype for Business Meeting by going to the calendar tab in the Skype for Business app and touching "Join meeting." If you can't see scheduled meetings in your Skype for Business app, you can join the meeting by touching the "Join meeting" link in the email message inviting you to the meeting.

Bob Bertsch, Web Technology Specialist, (701) 231-7381

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