“SKYPE FOR BUSINESS” was previously known as Microsoft Lync. The functions described below remain the same in Skype for Business as they were for LYNC. This information current through 2017 (regardless of the name used). This is not the free “Skype” App for making video calls that comes with many personal digital devices and PC’s. This application is a part of the Office 365, and is a full-functioning, fully secured, business application (it just bears the same “branding”).
SKYPE FOR BUSINESS allows invited guests to join a video conference meeting or hearing, by simply clicking on a hypertext link sent to the invited guest in an email or Outlook Calendar invitation. The invited guest simply clicks on the link, allows the web app to install (if not previously installed), then provides a “refer to me as” name when joining the video conference as a guest.
Join the Skype for Business meeting AS A GUEST (without a license) using the FREE Web App:
If you don’t have a fully licensed version of Skype for Business installed, you can join a video hearing by using the Skype for Business Web App. It installs and opens automatically when you use a meeting hyperlink to join a meeting from a computer or hand-held device that doesn’t have a Skype for Business paid, licensed software account already installed. It will connect you to the meeting as a GUEST (for free).
FREE Web Apps for Skype for Business/Lync are also available for iOS (Apple) systems, Windows 8 & 10 operating systems, and Droid systems through the device’s Apple Store, Windows Store or Google Play Store Apps. Just download the App from the device’s App Store. Having the App pre-installed on your hand-held device or tablet may make joining a meeting and sending and receiving video and audio somewhat easier. Visit the the iTunes, Windows Store or Google Play stores for the free Skype for Business app.
THE FIRST TIME YOU JOIN A SKYPE FOR BUSINESS VIDEO MEETING/HEARING, CLICK ON THE MEETING HYPERLINK AND ALLOW TWO (2) TO THREE (3) MINUTES FOR THE FREE WEB APP TO INSTALL AND OPEN. WHEN USING THE WEB APP, ALWAYS JOIN AS A “GUEST.”
If you are scheduled to participate in a Skype for Business video hearing, and wish to practice or test your devices’ ability to function during a video hearing, please feel free to contact a member of the Court’s staff. We would be happy to set up a “test” video hearing and participate to provide instruction and assistance.