UBC Collaboration Suite


Skype Decommissioning - May 31, 2021
UBC Collaboration Suite (powered by Skype for Business) is retiring on May 31, 2021. We recommend switching to Microsoft (MS) Teams, a collaborations tool that enables persistent chat, video conferencing, and collaborating in real-time on documents. To migrate from Skype for Business to MS Teams for chat and meetings, please complete this form (login required.) If you have any questions, please contact the IT Service Centre.

UBC Collaboration Suite is a comprehensive set of communication and collaboration tools for the UBC community.

Learn how to connect to virtual meetings by clicking the image below.

Features & Benefits

Collaboration with Colleagues:

Get an easy way to host convenient virtual meetings with colleagues. Collaboration Suite (powered by Skype for Business) is integrated with Outlook and allows you to set up meetings in minutes. You receive a designated meeting link to share with participants, and can see who is available to meet. Features include:

  • Audio/Video Conferencing*
    Enable participants to use their built-in cameras to engage with each other via reliable video link-up. Save on travel time with desk-based meetings.
  • Instant Messaging
    Send instant messages to colleagues during meetings to clarify points, send files, or ask questions.
  • Availability Display (Presence)
    See who’s online and display your availability status to other Collaboration Suite users.
  • Topic Based Group Chat Rooms
    Create virtual chat rooms that are always open for groups of participants to engage in ongoing communication and collaboration.
  • Screen Sharing
    Display a presentation or clarify a topic by sharing your screen with voice and video participants.
  • File Transferring
    Securely transfer files to colleagues during a voice or video call.
  • Whiteboarding
    Brainstorm, collect notes, and collaborate as you would in a physical meeting.

How to join via a video conference enabled room
Dial into the meeting via 5 digit dialing or IP address:
  1. UBC or UBCO Campus: Enter 82999 and when prompted, enter the Conference ID (found in the Skype Meeting email invite)
  2. Off Campus: Enter 82999@vc.ubc.ca or IP address, and when prompted, enter the Conference ID (found in the Skype Meeting email invite)


Teaching and Hosting Events:

Use the Collaboration Suite for teaching large, distributed groups of students or hosting virtual research conferences or other meetings. You will receive enhanced communication tools and dedicated audio visual support. Features include:

  • Teach remotely
    Break down geographic barriers by bringing instructors, guest presenters and students located around the world into one virtual classroom setting.
  • Dedicated onsite support
    A key feature is the dedicated onsite or remote support to set up your meeting, lecture, or event exactly as you want it.
  • Classroom, meeting, and event technology integration
    Integrate Collaboration Suite with hardware and software in classrooms, meeting rooms, and event hosting venues to add different capabilities, including AV conferencing.
  • Recording
    Easily record sessions to distribute as a learning aid.
  • Live Streaming
    For larger audiences, events are viewable on desktop or mobile devices anywhere Internet services are available.
  • Virtual Presentations and Events
    Your students or event attendees could be in Japan, Iceland, or on the move. Wherever they are, they can view and listen in real time through clear, reliable HD video link-up.
  • Consultation
    We can recommend and find the best space with the most suitable equipment for your needs.

Please contact the AV Help Desk for more information. We require advance notice for this service to be set up in time.

* Please note: UBC Collaboration Suite does not include a headset or webcam. Casual users can use a basic computer headset with a microphone. For those who plan to use the service regularly and would like better audio quality, we would suggest purchasing a professional headset. If you are looking for a recommendation or purchasing information, you can contact SENSUS.



Sign Up Requirements

Technical Requirements


  • Recommended: Skype for Business 2016 (included in Office 2016 Professional Plus), Windows 7 or above
  • Minimum: Skype for Business 2015/Lync 2013 (included in Office 2013 Professional Plus), Windows 7 or above


  • Recommended: Skype for Business for Mac, OSX 10.11 (El Capitan) or above, Outlook 2016 for Mac or above required for Outlook integration

For detailed information on operating system and browser support for the Skype for Business Web App, please consult the following Microsoft TechNet article.

This article also includes the supported meeting features for the Skype for Business native clients and browser applications.

Getting Started

  • Please submit a ticket to UBC IT Help Desk for UBC Collaboration Suite access
  • This service is offered to UBC Faculty and Staff at no additional cost