Using Lync 2013 with a Skype for business external user RRS feed

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  • We use in our office Lync 2013 and have open federation. Can we connect with an external Skype for Business user and use all the functionality of Lync, Video, screensharing, etc.
    Monday, January 9, 2017 9:08 PM

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  • Also i forgot to ask, if we can add them, do we add them 

    as a skype contact or a lync contact. See attached picture.

    Monday, January 9, 2017 9:15 PM
  • Hi G Douglas,

    Welcome to post in our forum.

    You could configure federation with external SFB users with Lync server 2013 and you could use all functions of Lync, the following blog describes how to set up Lync federation in Lync server 2013, please refer to

    Based on my test, after federation, you could add the external users to your Lync contact list (favorites, other contact, etc.)

    As a supplement, if you want to configure the federation between Lync server and Skype, so far, between Skype for Business client and Skype software, it is only support peer-to-peer IM, A\V chat, it’s not supported meeting, group chat and sharing PPT\desktop. The following blog describes how to set up federation between SFB and skype, it’s similar to Lync server 2013, please refer to

    Hope this reply is helpful to you.


    Alice Wang

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    • Proposed as answer by Alice-Wang Monday, January 16, 2017 9:37 AM
    Tuesday, January 10, 2017 9:13 AM