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Lync is changing to Skype for Business

Microsoft is changing Lync to Skype for Business. We expect this change to take place on April 28 for the majority of campus computer lab and office computers. However, KU faculty, staff and students may begin seeing the change to Skype for Business beginning April 14.

The Skype for Business interface has the same look and feel as Skype, a benefit for everyone who already enjoys using Skype to make video calls. Although the look has changed, Skype for Business will retain all the features and functionality of Lync.

The change to Skype for Business does not affect Lync for Macs. So, Mac users will continue to experience Lync largely unchanged. Microsoft has not announced when Lync will change to Skype for Business on Macs.

For more information, see the Office 365 Library article Lync Online is becoming Skype for Business.

If you have questions regarding the change, please contact the IT Customer Service Center at itcsc@ku.edu or 864-8080.


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Do you have friends or family that use Skype for Business at other universities or organizations?

KU has open federation for Skype for Business, which means you can connect with friends and colleagues at more than 850 organizations around the world that also offer open federation. You can add a non-KU person at an open federation site to your contacts list and immediately begin a chat or S4B-to-S4B voice or video call. Check the Skype Directory to find organizations that have Skype for Business open federation.

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