Install Skype for Business – Office Support

If you have Office 2007, 2010, or 2013, you can safely install and use Skype for Business 2016. It won’t overwrite your existing Office programs UNLESS YOU ARE INSTALLING MICROSOFT 365 PROPLUS. Please read all the information below before installing.

What happens when I install Skype for Business 2016 on a computer that has Office 2007, 2010, or 2013?

  • Use the instructions to install Skype for Business for the plan you have:

  • When you go to install Skype for Business 2016, you’ll see this page, which indicates that you’re only going to install Skype for Business:

    At the first page of the Skype Setup wizard, choose your language.

  • When you choose Install, the Office installer will start. It looks like all of Office is being installed, but it’s only installing Skype for Business.

  • If you have Office 2007, Skype for Business 2016 won’t be fully integrated with your Office programs. For example, you won’t see the presence of your co-workers when you type an email in Outlook (by “presence” I mean you won’t see whether they’re available, busy, or away), and you won’t have a few other features. But you will have chat (IM) and conferencing with your co-workers.

IMPORTANT: IF YOU PURCHASED MICROSOFT 365 PROPLUS YOU WILL HAVE TO UPGRADE TO THE ENTIRE OFFICE 2016 PACKAGE IN ORDER TO GET SKYPE FOR BUSINESS. IT WILL OVERWRITE PREVIOUS VERSIONS OF OFFICE. When you go to install Skype for Business, you’ll know you have Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise because you won’t see an option to install Skype for Business by itself; you’ll see this instead:

This is what you'll see if your version of Skype for Business is bundled with other Office applications.

If you don’t want to upgrade to Office 2016, talk to the person who purchased your Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise plan to see about getting a standalone Skype for Business Online Plan subscription.

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