In the latest Maze Runner movie (a post-apocalyptic movie – think Hunger Games), there is a scene where Edward Norton’s character talks to Patricia Clarkson’s character virtually through a huge computer screen. When you’re watching the scene, it seems like very futuristic tech.  But when I thought about it later, I realized that I actually have that same technology available to me right this minute. It’s called Skype for Business.

Skype for Business has both video conferencing and screen sharing.  This means that, just like Edward and Patricia, you don’t need to be in the same place to have a conversation face-to-face. The future has arrived (now I just wish I could use video conferencing to talk to Edward Norton instead of my coworkers).

But back to the point.  Being able to share your desktop and video conference through Skype for Business is a great way to save time and make your workplace mobile. Your employees could work from home, while still being able to attend meetings and give presentations at those meetings.  And this is just one application of the uses of this tech.

I’m sure you can see the value in this.  It’s also very easy to use: like knowing your ABC’s easy. Read the step-by-step instructions below (hint: there are not many steps).

How to Video Conference

1. To join a Skype for Business Meeting from the Skype for Business meetings screen, select the meeting that you want to join, and then tap Join Meeting or tap the meeting hyperlink.


2. Depending on how you set your VoIP call options, one of the following will happen:

You’ll be connected to audio or video using VoIP either by using Wi-Fi (if you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network) or your cellular data plan.

Or, Skype for Business (Lync) will call you on your mobile phone and you’ll need to accept the Skype for Business (Lync) call in order to join the meeting. This happens only when your audio or video call options are set to ON and your Windows Phone isn’t connect to a Wi-Fi network.

How to Share Your Screen

1. At the bottom of the conversation window, point to the presentation  icon.


2. On the Present tab, do one of the following:
To share the content on your desktop, click Desktop.
To share one or more programs or files, click Program, and then select the specific program(s) or file(s).
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3. On the sharing toolbar, on top of the screen, use any of these options:
Click Stop Presenting when you are done sharing your screen.
Click Give Control to share control of your desktop or program with the participants.
Click the pin to hide the toolbar and have more space. To un-hide the toolbar, move your mouse to the top of the screen. When the sharing toolbar appears, use any of the controls you need or click the pin again to keep the toolbar visible.


And that’s it.  If you don’t currently have Skype for Business, contact us and we can get you setup with some very exciting and futuristic tech.

*Video conferencing and desktop sharing are only available in our Engage and Custom Cloud plans.*