UBC Skype for Business

UBC IT has been offering free Skype for Business accounts, to active UBC employees, since Fall 2017.  Skype for Business has a 250 person per meeting limit, better security and integrates with Microsoft Office apps.  It includes audio/video/phone conferencing, instant messaging, chat rooms, screen sharing, file transferring, availability display and whiteboarding.  It is also hosted on UBC servers, so is compliant with FoIPPA.

 

https://it.ubc.ca/services/email-voice-internet/ubc-collaboration-suite#features-benefits

 

Tips:

  • UBC members should setup their e-mail in Outlook.  This really makes Skype for Business function at its best and it’s essential if you are the host.
  • Using headset microphones really helps eliminate the echo/feedback.
  • Non-UBC participants can attend meetings either by;
    • Installing and using the web app.
    • Use the bridge (meet.vc.ubc.ca).  There is no 1-800 number for this service, so you may incur long distance charges