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Nexus365: Skype for Business

What is Nexus365 Skype for Business?

Skype for Business is an online communications tool that allows you to work together through instant messaging, audio and video conferencing, online meetings and webinars. It makes sharing with colleagues, students and people external from the university easy, without the need for everyone to be in the same room.

Skype for Business is also integrated with the tools people use every day, like email, calendaring and document collaboration.

Skype for Business is not a replacement for the University’s Chorus telephone service – you should continue to use Chorus to call mobile phones and landlines or to make chargeable calls. To fully utilise the capabilities of Skype for Business you may need a headset and webcam. Please contact your local ITSS for assistance with those. 

Why use Nexus365 Skype for Business?

Skype for Business is more than just a different way of making phone calls or holding meetings; it's a one-stop-shop for all your communication needs.

Just a few benefits of using Skype for Business are:

  • Immediately see colleagues' availability status
  • Instant message with friends and colleagues across the collegiate University
  • Share a whiteboard for brainstorming with your colleagues in real-time
  • Share an application, desktop, or document on-screen in real-time
  • Initiate audio or video chats / conferences with contacts
  • Utilize and share all these features with any user worldwide who has a Skype or Skype for Business account

Accessing Nexus365 Skype for Business

Skype for Business can be accessed via your desktop (eg. Connect users have a download available in the Oxford Applications Installer), or via the OWA (web) version. On self-managed computers you can also download it yourself directly from Microsoft.

NOTE: On the web version (OWA), Skype for Business is not found in the waffle (Nexus365 launcher). It can be found by clicking on the Skype icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen on the banner for Outlook on the web. 

For further guidance see the Skype for Business: How Do I? guide and Skype for Business FAQs

Which Skype?

The table below aims to explain the difference between the Nexus365 Skype for Business offering, consumer Skype, and the similar functionality within Nexus365 Teams:

  (Nexus365) Skype for Business Nexus365 Teams Skype (Consumer Skype)
Intended audience Part of Office(Nexus)365 for larger businesses Part of Office(Nexus)365 For individuals and small businesses
  • Available via a desktop, mobile and tablet application
  • Also available through a compatible browser (Note: Safari isn't currently supported.)
  • Available via a desktop, mobile and tablet application
  • It is also accessible through a compatible browser via Skype for Web
Meeting size Up to 250 users One to one, or schedule a Team meeting for up to 250 users Meetings up to 25 people
  • IM, voice, video
  • Integrated into Outlook showing present information.
  • Screen sharing, arrange conference calls, share documents and collaborate with interactive whiteboards
  • Conduct online meeting and record the session
  • Includes persistent chat – previous conversations are still shown in your conversations


  • IM, voice, video
  • Screen sharing, and conference calls for up to 25 people
  • Can include external people
  • Guest can join without the need for a personal Skype or Skype for business account
  • University (internal) contacts only
  • Can include external people
Licence model
  • Part of the O365 Education license that each user is assigned in Nexus365
  • There are chargeable Skype for Business services available (Calling plans, Tele conferencing services) but these are not enabled
  • Supported clients for Windows and Mac and any supported browser
  • No MS supported Linux client
  • Part of Nexus365 licence
  • Consumer Skype is free to use
  • Option to buy credit to make calls to landlines and mobiles
  • It is available on numerous Microsoft supported platforms (Windows, Mac and Linux)
  • It is now included with Windows 10 installations
Notes Was originally called Lync. This product is evolving quickly. Will eventually take over from Skype for Business.   Skype was purchased by Microsoft in 2011. It has continually evolved. Older version of Skype like Skype Classic 7.0 will soon be deprecated.


Written by IT Services. Latest revision 2 January 2019