About Skype for Business

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

Important:
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.

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

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

Windows

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.)

Mac

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.

Note:
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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