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 Lync and associated Enterprise Voice phones, find our FAQ, and watch a few of our training videos.

Desktop Collaboration

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

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

Skype For Business (Formerly Lync)

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

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

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

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

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