About Skype For Business
Previously 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:
- Instant messaging
- Presence capabilities for real-time status information about your contacts
- Computer-to-computer audio and video calls
- Traditional conference calling
- The ability to sharing your desktop with contacts
- The ability to share PowerPoint presentations with your contacts
- Whiteboard and polling tools for online meetings
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.