Using Skype for Business/Lync, how do I hold a conference call or online meeting?

Use Microsoft Skype for Business/Lync to access Indiana University's UniCom service.

As of January 22, 2017, Lync 2010 for Windows no longer works with IU's UniCom service. Windows users at IU should switch to either Skype for Business/Lync 2013, which is available from IUware as part of the Office 2013 suite), or Skype for Business 2016, which is available as an Office 365 ProPlus app. For more, see About the migration from Lync to Skype for Business.

You can use Skype for Business or Lync for Mac to communicate with multiple people via phone, instant messaging, or video. This can be a formal meeting, with presenters and attendees, or a simple multi-party conversation. You may choose to set up a meeting that each person will dial into at the specified time, or you can call multiple people yourself.

For instructions, see:

  • If you are initiating calls, you must enter your Authorization Code for any international numbers. If you're using the Skype for Business/Lync client with a USB headset or USB phone, you must call each international number individually, and then merge the conversations together. In one of the conversation windows, click the More Options icon ( The More Options icon in Skype for Business looks like three dots ) in Skype for Business on Windows or the People Options icon ( The icon in Lync for Mac looks like a gear ) in Lync for Mac, and select the conversation you want to merge into.
  • If you set up a meeting for others to dial into, the primary phone number will be local to your campus. People calling in from the regions of any of IU's other campuses can call a number in that area to join the conference; in the meeting invitation, click Find a local number for the list. Any long-distance charges are the responsibility of the callers. All calls between office phones at any of IU's campuses are free.
  • You can dial into an IU Video Bridge meeting using either the Mac or Windows client. See At IU, how can I create or join a videoconference?

To learn how to perform common tasks in the Skype for Business/Lync client, see the UniCom page. Also, see Microsoft's Skype for Business help pages or the Lync for Mac user guide.

For an introduction to UniCom, including how-to PDFs and videos, see UniCom.

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