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Microsoft will soon be replacing Lync messaging tool with Skype for Business

Microsoft is replacing the instant messaging tool that University users now know as Lync, adding new functionality and flexibility under the brand name Skype for Business 2015. This change will occur automatically during Microsoft’s next round of Office updates. Faculty, staff and students will not need to take any action.

Skype for Business will look and feel different from Lync, combining the valuable security features of Lync with the flexibility of Skype. Faculty, staff and students should benefit from the enhanced ability to share, collaborate and discuss by integrating voice, video, instant messaging and online meetings with Office 365’s existing capabilities.

Users also will be able to search for and connect with anyone in the Skype network—inside or outside the University.

This change will affect all Office 365 users on Windows operating systems, including those using both Office 2013 and Lync 2013. This change will NOT affect Mac users, who will still be able to communicate with Skype for Business users via Lync.

Please direct any questions or concerns to the ITS Service Desk at or call (304) 293-4444.