About Skype for Business at IU


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

Microsoft has rebranded Lync as Skype for Business. The transition happens differently for the Windows and Mac versions of the client, as described below.

Skype for Business is distinct from the Skype application for home use.


If Lync 2013 is installed on your device, your client will update through Microsoft automatic updates. However, at Indiana University, you may see a message saying the new version is not supported, and the client will still use the Lync name and work the same way as Lync 2013 until the migration mentioned above. You can continue using it with UniCom, regardless of the name or appearance.

If you have received the Microsoft automatic update to Lync 2013, and you'd like to switch to the new Skype for Business interface, contact your campus Support Center. (If you are unsure whether your client is using the Lync 2013 or Skype for Business interface, check the appearance of your contacts. Lync 2013 uses square images, while Skype for Business uses circles.)


Microsoft has released a separate client, Skype for Business on Mac. You can download Skype for Business on Mac from IUware. For information about features of Skype for Business on Mac, see See what's new in Skype for Business.

Lync for Mac 2011 will continue to work with the IU UniCom service for the present.

Skype for Business on Mac does not yet include file sharing or desktop sharing. If you rely heavily on these features, consider waiting to upgrade until they are available.

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