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Skype for Business

We will be migrating all users to Microsoft Teams the evening of Friday, October 11th, 2019. After the migration, Skype for Business will automatically direct you to Teams to sign-in (if you have not done so already).

Microsoft 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 an employee email 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.

Mac Users

Skype for Business must be installed separately through the Microsoft website. It has the same functionality as it does on the PC, and is compatible with users on Microsoft Lync.

Online Meetings / Webinars

It is possible to use Skype for Business / 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, Please contact the OIT Support Center.


Disclaimer

Microsoft Teams has become the primary client for intelligent communications in Office 365, and will eventually be replacing Skype for Business.  Please see the Microsoft Teams section for a more in-depth view of Teams features as well as the transition from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams.


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