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Instant messaging and conferencing with Skype for Business

Skype for Business is a real-time communications tool that enables you to:

  • Hold instant message (or chat) conversations with a colleague or group of colleagues, wherever they are
  • Check at-a-glance if someone is free, busy or away from their desk and set your own presence status
  • Share files and hyperlinks quickly and easily without having to send an email
  • Instantly set up a voice or video conversation with your colleagues, including sharing your screen – again, wherever you may be!

We worked closely with Microsoft to introduce Lync (the predecessor to Skype for Business), find out the impact in our case study.

“Lync has proved excellent in my experience for teleconferencing with colleagues when I have been away from Durham. I encourage you to use Lync and thereby save time, money and carbon emissions on unnecessary travel.” Professor Tim Burt, Dean for Environmental Sustainability