Adding Skype as provider in the Add a Contact Not in My Organization list

In this post we announced the Skype-Lync connectivity. One of the screenshots in the post shows adding the Skype contact in the Lync 2013 client using Add a Contact Not in My Organization .


In the fly-out Skype is listed with the Skype logo. The Lync client get the list via in-band provisioning from the server based on the enabled public providers. To add Skype to the list issue the following commands on the Lync server in Lync 2013 Lync Server Management Shell:

Wait for CMS replication and sign out and in again in the Lync client. Skype should now be in the list.

Update 9-AUG-2013: Lync 2013 clients connecting to Lync 2010 servers will not show Skype in the add contact drop-down list. This is caused by Lync 2010 server not supporting the in-band provisioning group sending the list of public providers to the client.

Comments (4)
  1. Anthony says:


    I have tried running this comand in my Lync 2010 environment and i get this error, is this only for Lync 2013 as i can find mention of the IconURL in Lync 2010 documentation

    New-CsPublicProvider : A parameter cannot be found that matches parameter name


    At line:1 char:86

    + New-CsPublicProvider -Identity Skype -ProxyFqdn

    -IconUrl <<<<  "" -Ve

    rificationLevel 2 -Enabled 1

       + CategoryInfo          : InvalidArgument: (:) [New-CsPublicProvider], Par


       + FullyQualifiedErrorId : NamedParameterNotFound,Microsoft.Rtc.Management.


    Jens>Yes, IconUrl parameter is only known in Lync 2013

  2. Will you still be able to communicate with other Microsoft apps like MSN and Windows Live if you remove the identity "MSN"?

    Jens>Yes, because the actual federation point is the same as before.

  3. NeillW says:

    So how does a Lync 2010 client enter a Skype address?

    Jens>Please see here

  4. Nhutnb says:

    How about office 365 ?

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