In Skype for Business, your presence is a quick way for other people to see your current availability (such as “Available” or “Away”). Presence is automatically set based on your Outlook calendar, but you can change it manually if you want to. 

For example, by default, if you have a meeting currently scheduled in Outlook, your status appears as “In a meeting” in Skype for Business. When you’re in a Skype for Business audio or video call, your presence indicator appears red, as Busy, and your status is updated to “In a call”.  

You can even set your presence to “Do Not Disturb” to let people know not to contact you during a particular period. This presence option will also automatically block instant messages and send all calls to your voicemail while the presence is set - useful when giving presentations! 

You can learn more detailed information about what each presence indicator means and options to set them automatically or manually at Microsoft’s support page for Skype for Business presence, as well as our Knowledge Base page which features a quick, helpful video overview of the feature. 

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the IT Service Desk at 508-565-1111 or