ATOI365D#Office365Challenge Join me on my journey exploring Skype for Business. Yesterday I covered all the menus and buttons, today we’ll look at finding and adding contact / groups.

Day:  308 of 365, 57 left
Tools:  Office 365, Skype for Business
Description:  Finding and Adding Contacts in Skype for Business
Audience:  All


Related Post:  Day 307 – Skype for Business User Interface (I covered all buttons and menus to get you started)

Finding Contacts in Outlook:

Depending on how the company is setup, their Skype address might be different to their email address. right click on the person’s name in Outlook, open the Contact Card and use the IM address. If this doesn’t work, confirm with them as they might be using Skype not Skype for Business and have a username to use. And YES – you can make contact with normal Skype users through Skype for Business, there is no need to use both applications.


Creating Groups for your Contacts:

  1. Click on the Contacts Button
  2. Click on the “Add Contact or Group” button on the right
  3. Create New Group
  4. The “New Group” will appear at the bottom – rename


Finding Contacts in Skype for Business:

  1. Enter the name / address you are searching for
  2. Right click on the name
  3. Add to Contacts List
  4. Select the Group they should belong to
  5. The name will now appear
  6. Under the specified Group in your Contacts (you can also add it to your favourites to always appear at the top)

Note:  If this is a new contact, it might send an invite to the person to accept.



Under the New Tab (Contacts), you’ll see any recent invites, right click to add as a contact or clear / block the contacts.


So we’ve covered the interface as well as contacts. Tomorrow we’ll start looking at how to use Skype for Business as a chat tool.

Overview of my challenge: As an absolute lover of all things Microsoft, I’ve decided to undertake the challenge, of writing a blog every single day, for the next 365 days. Crazy, I know. And I’ll try my best, but if I cannot find something good to say about Office 365 and the Tools it includes for 365 days, I’m changing my profession. So let’s write this epic tale of “Around the Office in 365 Days”. My ode to Microsoft Office 365.
Keep in mind that these tips and tricks do not only apply to Office 365 – but where applicable, to the overall Microsoft Office Suite and SharePoint.