Skype for Business: Mac Setup

The Skype for Business application for Mac is available to faculty and staff through the Office 365 campuswide license.

Minimum Requirements: macOS X v10.10 or later with an Intel-based processor and 4GB of RAM

  1. Log into using your full UARK email address and password.

  2. In the upper-right section of the page, click the "Other installs" link.

  3. Click Skype for Business on the left.

  4. Click the Install button. If the installer doesn’t launch automatically, locate and run the SkypeForBusinessInstaller.pkg file from your Downloads folder or default downloads location. 

  5. Follow the Installer instructions, accepting the license agreement, closing any browsers, and entering your computer’s admin password as prompted.

  6. After Skype for Business is installed, click Close.

  7. If Microsoft AutoUpdate launches automatically, click Check for Updates to fully update all Microsoft apps before using Skype for Business.

  8. Click the Skype for Business icon in the Dock.

  9. Enter your full UARK email address in the Email Address field. Leave the Username field blank.

  10. Enter your UARK password in the Password field. Click Sign-in.

  11. If asked to sign-in using any keychain items, click Always Allow.

  12. If you are redirected to the university Microsoft Login site, log in with your full UARK email address and password. Note: subsequent logins to Skype will skip this one-time redirect. 

  13. Click the Next button to proceed through the Welcome to Sykpe information, clicking Finish at the end.

The main Skype for Business window will appear, containing your contact info and chat history from any previous use of Lync and/or Lync/Skype for Business in Windows.

Related Links

Using the Desktop Application
Skype for Business: Overview

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  1. Jill Geisler Wheeler
    Associate Director
    12:34 pm

    My Lync suddenly stopped allowing me to log in. I tried to connect with this path smb://$. but am getting an error every time I try. I have removed Lync from my computer and would like to re-download but I can't figure out how!
    Jill Wheeler

    1. Erin Griffin
      Content strategy/IA specialist
      12:51 pm

      Now that Lync has been migrated to the Office 365 cloud, you can install Skype for Business from here When logging into the app, use your full UARK email address instead of just the username. Call our IT Help Desk at 479-575-2905 for further assistance.

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