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Lync 2013 is Now Skype for Business

Posted Date: 27 Oct 2015

Effective Date: 27 Oct 2015

Microsoft Lync 2013, part of Northwestern Collaboration Services, has been rebranded Skype for Business by Microsoft. Instant messaging and conferencing functionality will remain the same, but all references to Lync, including logos, will become Skype for Business throughout Microsoft Office 2013 and user Skype consumer accounts can be seemlessly integrated with Skype for Business on Windows PCs.

Both Lync and Skype for Business can be used for sending instant messages, basic audio chat and desktop videoconferencing, and more, making it easy to communicate and collaborate from anywhere with colleagues at the University. As of this upgrade, Lync 2010 is no longer fully supported by Microsoft or the IT Support Center and users should upgrade to Lync 2013 or Skype for Business.

End User Impact

Lync 2013 users that automatically or manually install Microsoft Office updates will see a new Skype for Business icon anywhere the Lync icon had been, including Outlook 2013. Upon opening Skype for Business for the first time, users will see the Skype splash page before a new Skype for Business contact list opens. All login information should be retained.

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Faculty and staff using Northwestern Collaboration Services should contact their local technical support staff before installing Lync or Skype for Business.

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