Lync @ BYUI

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What is Lync?

Both Lync and Outlook are intended for one-to-one communication. Lync is more in an instant style - you use it when you just want to ask a quick question or need a fast advice or tip. Within Lync you see your current status: are you currently available (green), off-work or away (yellow), busy (red) or not to be disturbed (one-way). A nice aspect of Lync is that it interacts with your Outlook calendar and sets your status automatically while you are in a customer meeting to "in a meeting" or "do not disturb" during a presentation. Lync can also do voice, ad hoc collaboration, and online meeting capabilities through a single, intuitive interface. It is also directly accessible from Microsoft applications such as Outlook, SharePoint, and Word.

Lync is available as a download for Windows or Mac, through web access, and even on mobile devices. On campus, staff members will be able to install Lync from this website. You can also find and download quick reference cards that will help you use the software to its fullest.

For more information please view the Microsoft Lync Introduction, visit the Lync Resources Page, or contact the BYU-Idaho Support Center at x1411.

Who can get a Lync account?

Accounts are automatically provisioned for the "Employee" and "Student Employee" roles.  To request an account outside those roles be added as a Lync User please email byuisupportcenter@byui.edu or call x1411.

More benefits of Lync 2010

  1. Constant Contact – By hovering over a person in the contact list, users can see that person’s calendar, location, and organizational structure. This allows users to search for experts at BYU-Idaho with specialized skills.
  2. Multimedia Capabilities – This feature allows users to quickly form groups in formal or ad hoc meetings. These meetings may include video, application, and desktop sharing. Lync also allows users to switch between multiple video and audio devices during a conference.
  3. Appropriate Calling – Lync facilitates traditional phone calls and VoIP conversations, allowing employees to use their computers as soft phones. Lync also supports HD video calls.

Lync Downloads

Lync Tips

  • Lync loading slowly?  Reboot your machine when you leave for the day so that it's fresh and ready for you when you return the next day.
  • Watch for Lync 2013/Skype for Business functionality in Office 365 coming soon!

Lync --> Skype?

Lync has now become Skype for Business

Skype for Business and Office 365 work together so you can easily work together from your Office apps. Co‐create and collaborate in the Apps you use every day like Excel, Word, and Outlook. Notes and other meeting materials can be saved in OneNote and SharePoint. Or if you mark up a presentation in your Skype for Business meeting, you can save those annotations and then share with everyone in your meeting.

Learn more about Office 365