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Microsoft Skype for Business

Microsoft LyncMicrosoft Skype for Business (formerly Microsoft Lync) is an Instant Messaging and Audio/Visual Conference tool available to all faculty/staff on their office computers. Skype for Business provides these benefits:

  • Ability to send instant messages to any employee on campus.
  • Display your current availability and location.
  • Group contacts for easy access and navigation
  • Audio/Visual conferencing
  • Integrates with Outlook Calendars and notifications.
  • Share your screen and contents from your computer with other Skype for Business participants.
  • Access your Unified Messaging Voicemail.
  • and more...

Access to Skype for Business is automatically available to anyone with a University Exchange e-mail account. Employees without a University e-mail account may request separate Skype for Business access (this is not automatically given). The required software is installed as part of any Microsoft Office installation. Alternatively, a standalone client can be installed by special request. Voicemail integration is only available for those using the Unified Messaging system (not the older NEAX system).

Mac Users

Microsoft Lync is the preferred software to use for Instant Messaging and audio/visual conferences on a Mac. It is fully compatible with Skype for Business users, and has much of the same feature set. Mac Users should view our guide for Lync installation and setup.

Online Meetings / Webinars

It is possible to use Skype for Bussines / Microsoft Lync to arrange and join online meetings / webinars. The process is simple, and can be done with either Microsoft Skype for Business or Microsoft Lync. Joining an online meeting does not require either software, and can be done in a regular web browser. Please note: Throughout the instructions, references to Skype for Business and Microsoft Lync are made interchangeably, this is because, despite the different names, they are essentially the same piece of software.


Further questions on accessing and using Microsoft Skype for Business can be directed to IT Support.


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