Microsoft Skype For Business

Microsoft has recently changed the name of its Lync Collaboration Software to Skype For Business.

Resources for Skype For Business

The following resources can help you request a Skype For Business account, request an ID change, download the user guide for Skype For Business and associated Enterprise Voice phones, find our FAQ, and watch a few of our training videos.

Desktop Collaboration

Desktop collaboration is via the Microsoft Skype For Business platform. Skype For Business can be used in a variety of ways to collaborate, including:

  • Skype For Business Instant Messaging (up to 30 users in a session)
  • Skype For Business Desktop Sharing (up to 30 users in a session)
  • Skype For Business Audio peer-to-peer - Audio calls can be made by any Skype For Business user to any Skype For Business user inside Hopkins with a microphone and camera connected to their computer.
  • Skype For Business Video peer-to-peer - Video calls can be made by any Skype For Business user to any Skype For Business user inside Hopkins with a microphone and camera connected to their computer.

Skype For Business (Formerly Lync)

Microsoft Skype For Business (formerly Microsoft Office Communicator) and Microsoft Skype For Business for Mac are instant messaging clients used with Microsoft Skype For Business Server or Skype For Business Online with Microsoft Office 365 and Live@Edu. They are replacements for Windows Messenger, which was used with Microsoft Exchange Server.

Skype For Business basic features include: Instant messaging, Voice over IP, and Videoconferencing inside the client software.

Skype For Business advanced features include: Collaboration through Whiteboard documents, collaboration through PowerPoint documents, polling lists, desktop sharing, and Windows application sharing.

Who is eligible for Microsoft Skype For Business? All Johns Hopkins employees (part-time/full-time faculty and staff members), contractors, and students (if required) are eligible for Microsoft Skype For Business accounts.

Skype For Business users can also join any multipoint audio or video call scheduled on our internal Polycom RMX bridges.