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Save time, reduce support calls, and increase user satisfaction by testing your Skype for Business Online installation before you set it up for everyone in your organization.

Here’s what you need:

  • At least three Microsoft 365 test accounts (yours and two others).

  • A computer for each test account. Set them up like a typical computer would be in your organization.

Set up test accounts

  1. Go to Admin > Dashboard > Users > Active Users > Add Add and enter the required information.

  2. When you come to Step 4 (Email) enter your own email address. You’ll then have a record of the new user’s name and password.

  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 until you have the number of test accounts you want. You need at least two accounts (besides your own) to test the online meeting capabilities of Skype for Business Online.

Set up test computers

On each test computer:

  1. Go to the Microsoft 365 home page and sign in with credentials from one of your test accounts.

  2. Go to Microsoft 365 Settings Settings: update your profile, install software and connect it to the cloud> Software.

Test Skype for Business Online features and devices

Verify that the major Skype for Business Online features are working as expected.

Sign in and sign out


Expected result

Sign in to Skype for Business Online

The Skype for Business main window appears, with the presence state you specified when you signed in

Sign out of Skype for Business Online

The Skype for Business sign-in screen is displayed

Exit Skype for Business Online

The Skype for Business window closes, and the Skype for Business icon no longer appears in the Windows notification area.

Contacts, presence, and instant messaging


Expected result

Start an instant messaging (IM) session

The Skype for Business conversation window appears, you type something, and receive a response from the person you contacted.

Send an instant message to more than one person

The Skype for Business conversation window appears, you type something, and everyone in the conversation responds.

Set presence status manually

Your new presence status is reflected in other people’s Contacts list.

Person-to-person calls


Expected result

Call someone on your contacts list

The conversation window appears and you hear the call ringing. The person you’re calling receives a desktop alert and accepts the call, and the conversation window is updated when the other they’re connected.

Add audio to an instant message conversation

The call is connected and you can IM and talk with the other person.

Add desktop sharing to your IM conversation

The desktop or program you shared is visible to the other person.



Expected result

Set up a Skype for Business Meeting

A meeting invitation is sent to the people you specified.

Change participant settings

Varies depending on the option.

TIP: Under Access and presenters, you can experiment with different settings of the Who will bypass the lobby option.

Join a meeting

The conversation window opens, and your name appears in the list of meeting participants once you’re connected.

Mute and unmute meeting participants

The Muted icon appears next to the name of everyone in the meeting participant list. Only you can be heard when you speak.

Share a PowerPoint presentation

Your PowerPoint presentation is displayed on everyone’s computer in the Skype for Business Meeting stage window.

Upload an attachment to the meeting

After upload, everyone else in the meeting and view and download the attachment.

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