Microsoft Skype for Business is a video conferencing service that allows multiple remote participants to communicate and share documents in real time. In most cases, accessing the Skype for Business  meetings is done through your web browser, which will automatically instruct you to download and install a browser plugin if this hasn’t already been done. If you are using an iPad or Android tablet, you will need to download and install the free Microsoft Skype for Business 2013 App from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

To join a Skype for Business online meeting, you will need to have access to a computer or tablet that meets the Skype for Business specifications. You will need a microphone and earphones (or a combined headset) and webcam for video support. The computer/mobile device will need to be connected to the Internet via a broadband service with a minimum of 2MBPS. However, your audio/video experience will be better at higher speeds.

Skype for Business
Web App Supported Platforms

In broad terms the Skype for Business Web App is supported on Windows 8, Windows 7 and Intel based Mac OS-x operating systems version 10.9.5 or better. However, full support on the various operating systems depends on the Web Browser in use. For details, see the table below. Skype for Business is not supported for audio and video use on Windows operating systems prior to Windows 7, including Windows XP and Vista.

 

Operating system Internet Explorer 11 Internet Explorer 10 Internet Explorer 9 Internet Explorer 8 Firefox 12.x Safari 5.x Chrome 18.x
32 bit 64 bit 32 bit 64 bit 32 bit 64 bit 32 bit 64 bit 32bit 64 bit 32 bit
Windows 8.1 Yes Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Yes N/A N/A
Windows 8 (Intel-based) N/A N/A Yes Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A Yes N/A Yes
Windows 7 (With SP1) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A Yes
Mac OS-x (Intel-based) 10.9.5 or better N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Yes Yes Yes

 

Before using Skype for Business for a conference it is worth reading our Problems with audio or video quality help article for information that can help you achieve the best experience.