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Skype for Business (Apple Mac users only)

Install the client

These instructions apply to Apple Mac users only. For Windows computers, please install the Windows version of Skype for Business.

  1. Navigate to Microsoft's Skype for Business on Mac page.
  2. Ensure that the relevant language is selected, then click Download and save the download file to your computer.
  3. Navigate to the location you saved the installation file to and double-click the file to open it.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to install Skype for Business.
  5. Once the installation is complete, access Skype for Business from the dock or Launchpad.
  6. In the opening setup screen
    • First enter your UCT username@ipt.uct.ac.za.
    • Click Advanced Options.
    • In the User Name text box, enter your UCT username@wf.uct.ac.za then click Save.
    • Click Continue.
  7. In the next text box, enter your UCT password.

Learn more

Built-in assistance
In the menu at the top of your screen, select Help > Skype for Business Help.
External links

Forward calls from your office phone to another number

If you’re away from your office, or your office phone is offline (e.g. during load shedding), Skype for Business can forward calls from your work phone to your mobile, home or other number.

  1. In the menu bar, click Skype for Business > Preferences.
  2. Select Calls.
  3. Enable Turn on call forwarding.
  4. Set your preferences for forwarding calls and simultaneous ring.
  5. Close the Calls window.

Mobile app available

If you're using an iPhone / iPad (iOS 8.0 or later), a Windows Phone (8.1 or higher) or an Android device (Android 4.0 or later), you can download the Skype for Business mobile app from your app store. Your device can then operate as your office phone - allowing you to make and receive voice calls. The app also includes other functionality that allows you to send instant messages, participate in video calls and send emails to your contacts.

If you're using earlier versions of these operating systems, install the Microsoft Lync 2013 app.

Otherwise, learn more about the Skype for Business mobile app.