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About Skype for Business: Presence

Formally known as Lync 2013

"Presence" is a real-time status indicator that lets other people see whether you and your contacts are currently available. Presence is based on your Outlook calendar or your Skype for Business activities, though you can also manually set your presence status to control how or whether you want people to get in touch with you.


If presence status is ...Contact is ...How this status gets set
Available Online and available to contact Automatic or user selected
Be Right Back Briefly away from the computer User selected
Away Logged in but has been away from the computer Automatic based on inactivity or user-selected; time interval can be adjusted
Off Work Not working and not available User selected
Busy Occupied and shouldn't be interrupted Automatic (if user is in an Outlook-scheduled conference) or user-selected
In a Call In a Skype for Business call and shouldn't be interrupted Automatic
In a Meeting In a meeting (per Skype for Business or Outlook) Automatic
In a Conference Call In a Skype for Business conference call and shouldn't be interrupted Automatic
Do Not Disturb Not to be disturbed; will see IM requests only if sent by workgroup members User selected
Presenting Giving a presentation and not to be disturbed Automatic when user is presenting from Skype for Business-enabled computer; IMs are blocked
Offline Not signed in Automatic
Unknown Presence cannot be detected May appear to contacts not using Skype for Business IM

Changing Your Presence Settings

You can change your presence status from the Skype for Business window. Simply click the arrow next to your status and select a status from the list (e.g., Be Right Back, Do Not Disturb). For more information on presence status change, please see Change your Presence Status. For more advanced settings, please see Controlling Access to Your Presence Information on Microsoft's support site.

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