What’s up with the purple dots in Skype for Business?

When I’m looking at my lists of contacts in Skype for Business, I sometimes see purple dots and purple circles with arrows inside them. What exactly do those status indicators mean?

Here’s an example of the purple dot icon:

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What that tells me is that the Out Of Office feature in Outlook is activated for this person. It also means that the person is still active (meaning any status but Offline), so you still might be able to reach them on Skype.

Here’s an example of the purple circle with arrow icon:

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Like the purple dot next to it, this means that the person has the Out Of Office feature activated. It also means that the person is offline, so in all likelihood they are REALLY out of the office. 🙂

Once the Out Of Office feature in Outlook is turned off, the purple dots go away.

And now I know…

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