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Skype for Business (Lync) is a communication and collaboration tool that lets you use your computer or mobile device to instant message, video-chat, schedule online video meetings/webinars, share screen and content with colleagues and students.

Skype is the free consumer (public) product used by individuals and small businesses to communicate and collaborate online.

  • Skype is available for free download
  • You create your own Skype account
  • You can communicate with any other Skype user worldwide
  • You can email, instant-message, video-chat, present and share screen via video.
  • Skype is recommended for personal (non-work) use

Lync was rebranded as Skype for Business in mid-2015. Staff and Students now have access to two very-similar applications for communication and collaboration.

  • Skype for Business is installed as part of Microsoft Office under our Deakin licence
  • You sign in with your Deakin account (email and password)
  • You can communicate with any other Skype for Business (or Lync) user, including Deakin staff and students and users from other organisations and universities worldwide
  • You can email, instant-message, video-chat, schedule online video meetings, present and share screen via video, and share content.
  • Skype for Business is fully integrated with Outlook, Microsoft Office and SharePoint.
  • Skype for Business has enterprise grade security
  • Skype for Business is recommended for work use

Pros

  1. Skype has a large user base. People are familiar with it.
  2. Skype for Business is pre-installed on all Deakin computers.
  3. Skype for Business does not rely on Java.
  4. Desktop and PPT Sharing / Poll / Q&A / Whiteboard / Camera feed / Manage attendees / record meetings.
  5. Support on multiple platforms (Windows / Mac / iOS / Android / Web App)
  6. Still in development, more functionality to come.

Cons

  1. No CloudDeakin Integration. 
  2. Mac has limited functionality, e.g users cannot schedule or record an online meeting.

Online Guides:

How do I get started with Skype for Business?
Where can I download Skype for Business (Lync)?
Showcase in LB2.101 AMX Panel and Presentation PC
Join a meeting via Skype for Business Web App
Schedule a Skype for Business meeting Instruction (Windows)
Tips for your Online Session