What is a Skype Meeting Broadcast?


Skype Meeting Broadcast is a new component of Skype for Business. As part of Office 365 and Skype for Business Online, Skype Meeting Broadcast lets you produce, host, and broadcast meetings to large online audiences.

How Skype Meeting Broadcast works

You can schedule a Skype Meeting Broadcast for up to 10,000 attendees. You use the Skype Meeting Broadcast scheduling and management portal to schedule a meeting.

You use the familiar meeting experience within Skype for Business to produce a professional, engaging event for their audience. And, attendees can join from anywhere on any device, and engage in the meeting.

Skype Meeting Broadcast roles

There are several roles required for producing a Skype Meeting Broadcast. These include:

  • Organizer.    Creates the meeting request and invites attendees. Reviews meeting reports.
  • Producer.    Manages the meeting sources (live presentations, dial-in presentations, audio, video, and PowerPoint decks), records the event, and posts the recording to Office 365 Video.

Note Using an embedded video in a PowerPoint presentation is currently not supported in Skype Meeting Broadcast.

  • Event team member.    Participates in the meeting by presenting live or dialing in from a remote location.
  • Attendee.    Watches the event online.

System requirements

System requirements for a Skype Meeting Broadcast are shown in the following table.



Browser (attendees)

Internet Explorer 11, Chrome, Firefox, OSX Safari, iOS 8 or later, Android (KitKat)


Skype for Business client for Windows (producer, presenter)

  • For Skype for Business 2015 clients, you must have the September Update, build 15.0.4747 or later
  • For Skype for Business 2016 clients, you must be using Click-to-Run, build 16.0.4227 or later. (MSI installations only support the presenter role. Producers can join through a different client.

Lync for Mac 2011 (presenter only). See this knowledge base article for more information.

Find your client version information in Skype for Business by clicking Help > About Skype for Business.


On-premises and online


You will need one of the following licenses:

  • Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 2 (or 3).
  • Enterprise E1, E3, E4 or E5 – which contains the Skype for Business Online Standalone Plan 2 license.


On-premises customers must have established an online tenant. You should configure directory sync to make user accounts and DL memberships available to the Skype for Business Azure Active Directory in order to enable user authentication and meeting authorization using group membership.

Skype Meeting Broadcast producers cannot be enabled for modern authentication.

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