Set up Skype for Business OnlineSkype for Business is part of the Office 365 suite of products.Whats Skype for Business?

You get the Skype for Business download from the Office 365 portal, and then install it on your computer. These steps usually take 10-15 minutes to do. Choose from the instructions below.

These instructions explain how to get to the Skype for Business download, and install it.

Tip:If you dont see the Skype for Business download in your portal, make sure theOffice 365 for business planyou purchased includes it. Also, ask the person in your business who purchased it whether they assigned a license to you.

If you see the following page, chooseSkype for Business, choose your language, the edition that matches your other Office applications (32 bitor64 bit- if you dont know, choose the default) and chooseInstall. Thengo to step 5.

If Skype for Business is bundled with other Office 365 applications, youll see the following page. ChooseInstallto install the Office 365 suite of applications, including Skype for Business. When youre done, go toSign in for the first timeat the end of these steps.

If you dont seeSkype for Businesslisted at all, then its not included in yourOffice 365 business plan-OR- your admin hasnt assigned a license to you. Ask your admin (the person who gave you sign-in information) for help.

At the bottom of your screen, chooseSave asto download thesetupskypeforbusinessentryretail.exefile to your computer.

Important:Note where you saved thesetupskypeforbusinessentryretail.exefile on your computer. If Skype for Business stops during setup, this is where you go to re-run it.

After thesetupskypeforbusinessentryretail.exefile has downloaded, chooseRun.

The Office installer starts, and displays a message that its installing Office.However, its only installing Skype for Business. It is not installing all of Office.

When the Office installer is finished, it displays a message that Office was installed on your computer. However, only Skype for Business was installed. ChooseClose.

Launch Skype for Business. At the First things first box, if you accept the licensing agreement, chooseAccept.

You can install Skype for Business on up to 5 PCs. To install Skype for Business on another PC:

Repeat the steps listed in the above procedure to download and install Skype for Business.

Congratulations! Youre done installing Skype for Business. Now youre ready to sign in to Skype for Business for the first time.

At the Skype for Business sign in page, enter your Office 365 user ID and password, and then chooseSign in.

For example, if you use to sign in to Office 365, thats what youll enter to sign in to Skype for Business.

At the next page, if you want to save your password for signing in next time, chooseYes.

At theHelp Make Skype for Business Betterbox, choose whether to allow us to collect error logs and device configuration info.

Congratulations! Now youre ready toSkype for Business video training.

If you have Office 2007, 2010, or 2013, you can safely install and use Skype for Business 2016. It wont overwrite your existing Office programsUNLESS YOU ARE INSTALLINGOFFICE 365 PROPLUS. Please read all the information below before installing.

What happens when I install Skype for Business 2016 on a computer that has Office 2007, 2010, or 2013?

Use the instructions to install Skype for Business for the plan you have:

Download and install Skype for Business with Office 365(in this article)

Install Skype for Business Online: choose if you purchased the standalone version of the product.

When you go to install Skype for Business 2016, youll see this page, which indicates that youre only going to install Skype for Business:

When you chooseInstall, the Office installer will start. Itlookslike all of Office is being installed, but its only installing Skype for Business.

If you have Office 2007, Skype for Business 2016 wont be fully integrated with your Office programs. For example, you wont see the presence of your co-workers when you type an email in Outlook (by presence I mean you wont see whether theyre available, busy, or away), and you wont have a few other features. But you will have chat (IM) and conferencing with your co-workers.

IMPORTANT: IF YOU PURCHASEDOFFICE 365 PROPLUSYOU WILL HAVE TO UPGRADE TO THE ENTIRE OFFICE 2016 PACKAGE IN ORDER TO GET SKYPE FOR BUSINESS. IT WILL OVERWRITE PREVIOUS VERSIONS OF OFFICE. When you go to install Skype for Business, youll know you have Office 365 ProPlus because you wont see an option to install Skype for Business by itself; youll see this instead:

If you dont want to upgrade to Office 2016, talk to the person who purchased your Office 365 ProPlus plan to see about getting a standaloneSkype for Business Online Plansubscription.

Skype for Business Basic is a free download that has a minimum set of features: instant messaging (IM), audio and video calls, online meetings, availability (presence) information, and sharing capabilities.

When you click theDownloadbutton on the page, you will be prompted to choose the download that matches the edition of your other Office applications (32-bit edition or 64-bit edition). If you dont know, choose 32. The installer will check the edition for you.

If you want to deploy Skype for Business Basic to a large number of people in your business, seeDeploy the Skype for Business client in Office 365for information about deployment tools you can use.

Dont see what you need in this article? Check out the following install instructions:

Install Skype for Business Online- Get the install instructions for the standalone version of Skype for Business Online.

Install Skype for Business with Office 365 ProPlus- With Office 365 ProPlus, the entire Office 2016 suite is installed. Theres no option to only install Skype for Business by itself.

Install Lync for Mac 2011- Skype for Business for Mac will be available in 2016. Until then, Lync for Mac 2011 is included with Office 365 and available for you to download and install. It works with Office 2011, Office 2016, Office 365, and Skype for Business Online. No other version of Lync or Skype for Business is available for Macs.

Set up Skype for Business Online- Choose this option is you are anadminand you want to set up the features of Skype for Business Online for your business.

Deploy the Skype for Business client in Office 365- Choose this option if you want to deploy Skype for Business in a large enterprise.

Important:If you upgrade from theOffice 365 Mid-sizeorOffice 365 Small Business Premiumplans toOffice 365 BusinessorOffice 365 Business Premiumplans, Skype for Business will be removed from your computer. You have to install Skype for Business Basic to get the functionality back.Learn more.

These instructions explain how to download and install Skype for Business on Mac from the Office 365 portal. Before you begin, we recommend that you view thesystem requirements.

Note:If you dont see the Skype for Business download in your portal, make sure theOffice 365 for business planyou purchased includes it. Also, ask the person in your business who purchased it whether they assigned a license to you.

On theInstall Skype for Business on Macpage, clickInstall. Skype for Business will be downloaded to your computer.

ChooseSkypeForBusinessInstaller_nn.n.n.nnn.pkg.

Follow the prompts in theSkype for Business Installer.

Youre done installing Skype for Business on Mac. Now youre ready tosign in to Skype for Business on Mac.

These instructions explain how to download and install Skype for Business on Mac from the Microsoft Download Center. Before you begin, we recommend that you view thesystem requirements.

Go to thedownload page for Skype for Business on Mac.

Save the installer package file (.pkg) to your computer.

On your computer, double-click the .pkg file to launch theSkype for Business Installer.

Follow the prompts in theSkype for Business Installer.

Youre done installing Skype for Business on Mac. Now youre ready tosign in to Skype for Business on Mac.