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Skype for Business, Communicate with Skype Users
On this page, you can learn how to use instant messaging, audio calls, video calls, and presence information to communicate with Skype users while using Microsoft Skype for Business and vice-versa.
Microsoft Skype for Business supports connectivity with the consumer version of Skype. This connectivity lets Skype for Business users add Skype contacts using the contact's Skype ID or Microsoft Account. Skype users can also add Skype for Business users to their contacts list. Skype for Business and Skype users will be able to communicate using instant messaging, see each others presence, and initiate audio calls.
Instructions for adding a consumer Skype user to your Skype for Business contact list can be found at: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Add-a-contact-in-Skype-for-Business-89338023-2adf-4f5c-90b6-f8b6f72fadd1.
What is an Microsoft Account?
If you use an email address and password to access services such as Microsoft OneDrive storage technology, Windows Phone, the Microsoft Xbox LIVE online game service, or the Microsoft Outlook.com email (previously known as Hotmail or Windows Live Messenger), you already have a. If you also have a Skype account, it's easy set up single sign-on to access a variety of additional applications and services, including Skype for Business-to-consumer Skype calls, etc.
To set up a Microsoft account, see the Microsoft account sign-up page at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=306061.
Using Skype with Skype for Business (and the other way around)
Skype may use Skype to communicate with their non-Skype contacts who are using Skype for Business and vice-versa.
If you are using Skype and want to add a Microsoft Skype for Business contact, please visit https://support.skype.com/en/faq/FA12315/can-i-contact-skype-for-business-users-from-skype.