Introducing Skype for Business, Creating Groups

In November, 2014, Microsoft often spoke of “reinventing productivity.” This term pointed to several new and updated products the company would unveil over the coming months, but one of the most productive additions to the Microsoft family seems to be Skype for Business.

When Skype emerged a decade ago, it changed the course of business productivity. With Skype, organizational environments were equipped with mobile capabilities they had never known before. The low cost and intuitive usability made Skype a prized productivity tool in the business world.

Today, Microsoft is leveraging Skype’s reputation as a trustworthy calling, messaging, and sharing platform to advance its own communication center. Skype for Business  is referred to as “the next version of Lync,” Microsoft’s communication center for the past 10 years. On Microsoft’s Office Blogs, Gurdeep Pall, corporate vice president for Skype, writes:

…we are bringing together the familiar experience and user love of Skype with the enterprise security, compliance and control from Lync to create the most loved and trusted communications platform for doing things together.

Skype for Business Tips

Several Lync users may have noticed that their familiar Lync programs automatically updated to Skype for Business. To offer us tips and tricks on how to make the most of the new software, we look to Lisa Perille, a Instructional Designer  with Directions Training. In this blog post, Lisa shares how to easily create a group with Skype of Business contacts.

Create a Group

There are many great benefits to creating contact groups in Skype for Business. To create a contact group, perform the following steps:

Click Add a Contact button>>Select Create a New Group>>Type a group name and press ENTER


Add Contacts to a List

To add contacts to a contact list (group), perform the following steps:

Type contact name>>Right-click on contact name>>Select Add to Contact List>>Select Contact List


After adding all your contacts to a group, you can right-click on a group name and Send an IM, Start a Conference Call, Start a Video Call, Send an Email Message or Schedule a Meeting with all contacts in your Group:



Skype for Business Training

Directions Training is excited about Microsoft’s transition from Lync to Skype for Business and we look forward to offering Skype for Business training courses.  In the past, our Lync courses have served numerous organizations that needed to transition their entire workforces from one communication system to another. With Custom Fit Training options, we are able to serve organizations that seek to equip and empower their employees to embrace the latest and greatest technology.

If you would like to receive training on Skype for Business, let us know by fill out a Custom Fit Training form.

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