Skype for Business (Lync) Web App

When you have the Skype for Business app installed on your machine you cannot open the meeting in a browser (web app) without it trying to force you to use the full application. This can be frustrating because you may want to join a meeting for client who is not part of your business. In my scenario:

  • I was logged out of my SfB desktop app
  • Opened IE and pasted in the URL for the meeting.
  • This then tries to open the desktop app and fails.
  • Since Edge was my default browser the system then tries to open Edge and takes you to the download page for the Lync Web App. Since Edge does not work with SfB¬†then I cannot access my meeting.

The solution comes in the form of a query string parameter appended to the URL. Open IE, enter the URL to the conference call and append ?SL=1 to the end and press ENTER.