Skype for Business, Getting Ready

This page contains a step by step checklist of how to get ready for Skype for Business in your workplace.

Minimum sound equipment required

Sound equipment

In order to use Skype for Business, you will need at a minimum:

  • Speakers or headphones
  • A microphone (commonly built in to new laptops)

Optional Skype for Business-compatible devices

OPTIONAL: You could also choose to use additional sound and/or video equipment.

  • A wireless headset with microphone, or
  • A USB phone, or
  • An IP phone
  • For video conference calls, a video camera or webcam is helpful.

Skype for Business-compatible devices are discussed at Devices & Equipment.

NOTE:  In order to make full use of Skype for Business at Illinois' various services, you must use a device certified for Skype for BusinessFor recommendations, see Skype for Business, Supported Devices and Equipment .

WARNING:  If you choose a device that is NOT on the Equipment for UC at Illinois list, it may violate campus policy. All campus-owned computing equipment bought after January 1, 2012 that will be used to make phone calls must be able to support 9-1-1 services as provided by the campus VoIP solution. 


Installation instructions

For everyday use

Special cases

For guests:

For people who have assistants manage their calls:

For special account types:

  • Non-person accounts include Skype for Business accounts used by response groups (including help desks and call centers), role-based accounts, and common-area phones like those in conference rooms and lobbies.



Keywords:Skype for Business, installation, MyUC, Enterprise Voice, VOIP, IP phone, USB phone, headset, microphone, Windows, Mac, OS X, Mobile, Skype, Skype Web App, Private, non-person, accounts   Doc ID:49221
Owner:Lync M.Group:University of Illinois Technology Services
Created:2015-03-18 16:06 CSTUpdated:2018-10-29 14:37 CST
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