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About Skype For Business

Formally known as Lync 2013

Microsoft Skype for Business, once known as Lync, is a unified communications service that provides a range of collaboration features, such as:

Most Skype for Business services are similar to Lync services. Skype for business has been integrated directly into Microsoft Outlook.

Microsoft offers Skype for Business Training to better understand the basics and tools available.

Basic tasks in Skype for Business

Skype for Business Audio and Video Features

Your computer must be set up for audio and video before you can use Skype’s calling features, so you may need to purchase additional equipment (microphone, speakers, and camera). A list of recommended devices is available on the Purchasing Notes page.

Lync 2013 (Skype for Business) for Mobile Devices

The Skype for Business app is not available on all mobile platforms. You can download the Lync 2013 app for Windows, Android, iPhone/iPad, and other devices directly from Microsoft. Their Lync 2013 for Mobile Clients page provides a list of devices for which mobile apps are available, and includes links to help you get started on your phone or tablet.

Skype for Business and Unified Messaging

A University-wide voicemail upgrade brought additional functionality to voicemail and now includes Skype for Business toolbox. The voicemail system at Loyola's campuses has been integrated with Exchange, Outlook, and Skype for Business, allowing you to access email, voicemail, calendar, and contacts anywhere, on any device. For more information, see About the Voicemail Upgrade.