Lync — A New Way to Communicate
KU is introducing a new and powerful way to communicate with colleagues and students at KU, and beyond our campus. Microsoft Lync is a one-stop shop for instant communication. With the click of a button you can open a text chat, make a voice or video call, or even start an online meeting. Lync makes online communication more collaborative and engaging. And, you can use Lync from nearly any computer or mobile device, on campus or anywhere in the world you have Internet access.
- Lync can be used on PCs, Macs, tablets and smartphones.
- Integration with Microsoft Outlook address book makes it easy to contact KU colleagues for a quick chat, voice call or video conference.
- See if your contacts are available, in a meeting or away from their desk.
- Send and share files with simple drag and drop.
- Schedule online meetings for up to 250 participants—even if they don’t have Lync.
- Easily share a PowerPoint presentation, whiteboard or your entire desktop during an online meeting.
- Record online meetings and share them with others.
Lync Project Timeline
We began enabling Lync for all faculty and staff on March 1. Departments that have partnered with KU IT for centrally managed IT services will be enabled between March 1 and April 15. On April 15, we expect to enable Lync for all remaining faculty and staff. At that time, faculty and staff may see Lync appear on their work computers. Those who are comfortable exploring and using Lync on their own will be able to do so. But to ensure the best possible experience as campus customers begin using Lync, KU IT will work with individual departments to provide support and instruction between April 15 and May 30. The final step will be enabling Lync for students during summer 2014.
Your Communication, Your Choice
Lync gives you options for communicating and collaborating in new ways with KU colleagues, students and even people outside the university. It brings the different ways people communicate together in a single, easy-to-use interface that includes chat, voice calls, video calls and online meetings. While Lync will be available to all faculty, staff and students, individuals will have the choice for how and when to use it.
More information is available on the Lync web pages.