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Skype for Business

Skype for Business (formerly known as Microsoft Lync) is a unified messaging system which allows instant messaging (IM), video calls, virtual meetings, and presence (availability) information in one easy-to-use tool. Skype for Business can be used both from within and outside the Concordia network to communicate and collaborate with colleagues and clients. Skype for Business connects people everywhere - on their computer, tablet, or mobile devices, as part of their everyday productivity experience.

Below is a more detailed look at the core Skype for Business features:

Instant messaging (IM)

Instant message (IM) with colleagues on any platform. Skype for Business is available for Windows Phone, iPhone, iPad, and Android.

Sharing and collaboration features

Collaborate with your teammates on documents and ideas from a distance with Skype for Business. Share a single document or your whole desktop to meet and collaborate in real-time with colleagues. Collaboration using tools such as whiteboards, polls, OneNote, and Q and As sessions to further illustrate a topic.

Skype for Business meetings

Skype for Business Meetings provides the capability to interact with people through multiparty HD video, audio, instant messaging, and content sharing.

Availability (presence) information

See the availability status of a contact with visual presence indicators.

Chat rooms (persistent chat)

Not available at this time

Organize or participate in topic based virtual rooms where workgroups or designated colleagues meet and collaborate in real-time. Discussions are searchable and persist over time enabling efficient information sharing.

Video calling

If your computer is equipped with a video camera and microphone, you can place video calls between yourself and your colleagues over Skype for Business.
Note: Video quality will vary depending on location and the speed of your connection.

Integration with Skype

Skype Connectivity enables presence sharing, instant messaging (IM), and voice calling with Skype users worldwide logged into their Microsoft accounts.
Note: Microsoft has not made video available at this time - only voice.

Who can use it?

Faculty and staff.

How much does it cost?

There is no cost associated with this service.

Service availability


How to get it

To use Skype for Business, you need to download and install the software on each device you wish to use.  Depending on the device and operating system you are using, and on whether it is a Concordia device or your own, refer to the section below to download and install the right Skype for Business client software.

Download and install Skype for Business




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