What is Skype?

July 5, 2017   |  By Joe Dincau

Skype is an online meeting space that allows for tele/video conferencing, along with screen sharing and instant messaging (IM). Messaging, meetings, and screen sharing all in one app that works with Office. What exactly does this mean?

  • Tele/video conferencing: A basic "Skype call" allows you to have a meeting online. When using a headset, you'll be hands-free and there is no need for speaker phone. The audio is very clear and if you want to use video, too, you can!
  • Screen sharing: While in a Skype call, a great feature is the ability to screen share. This can be to share information with everyone in the meeting (perhaps the meeting agenda or a file containing important data that everyone should see), or it can be to troubleshoot computer problems.
  • Instant Messaging (IM): Allows you to send a quick message to other UMB employees. It's quicker than email or making a phone call and a Skype pop-up box appears on the recipients computer screen so that they can't miss it.

We encourage you to access and start using Skype! It can make communicating with your fellow co-workers a lot easier and quicker. To help you, the Enterprise Training Group provides training opportunities and resources. Please visit the Office 365 website for information.