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Using Skype for Business (Lync) as a member of staff

 

 

 What can I use Skype for Business (Lync) for?

 
  • fayejillvideo.jpgTo conduct online meetings with colleagues (especially good for cross campus meetings)

  • As an alternative to email for things that require a quick response (instant messenger)

  • To conduct online staff training sessions using collaborative tools such as whiteboards, PowerPoint presentations, polls
  • As a support tool - you can show colleagues how to do something on their computer using the share desktop function, and can even control their screen remotely
  • For teaching and to communicate with students via video conference or instant messaging*


Skype for Business can not be used as a replacement for in-person teaching, without prior agreement with your class and at least one week's notice to allow time for set-up and testing.

 

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bullhorn1(1).pngvideo conferencing taster sessions for staff 

Have a go at using Skype/Lync in a safe environment and learn about the main tools available in. Visit loco to sign up for a session or contact isworkshops to find out more.

 

 Joining a Skype for Business call with a mobile device

 

Due to the set up involved, we recommend that you run a test call using Skype for Business before you need to join an online meeting.

Before following the set-up instructions for your device below, note that:

  • your sign in name is your full university email address, eg
j.m.shacklock@brighton.ac.uk

  • if asked for a password, enter your normal university password
  • if asked for a username, enter university\ before your university username, eg
university\jms2


iOS devices

Skype for Business works well on mobile devices for video or audio calls, but where you need to share or collaborate on content, we recommend using Skype for Business on a Windows PC or Lync web app on an Apple Mac computer instead, as these offer more functionality.

 
 
Note that these instructions are to be used as a guide only. The university does not support Android mobile devices.

Windows mobile devices

 

Note that these instructions are to be used as a guide only. The university does not support Windows mobile devices.

 

 Joining a Skype for Business call with a Windows PC

 

Due to the set up involved, we recommend that you run a test call using Skype for Business before you need to join an online meeting.

  • Windows users have the choice of using the desktop Skype for Business application or using their  web browser wth the Skype for Business/Lync web app plug-in. 

    We recommend using the
    Skpe for Business application,  as this has many more features.
  • Skype for Business is installed on all staff Windows computers.
  • You can also install Skype for Business/Lync for free on up to 5 computers at home. See our MS Office for Staff page for details.
  • Follow the  Skype for Business set-up instructions before using it for the first time.​
  • Our Skype for Business- the essentials document - the essentials document walks you through the tools available
  • If working from home, if you do not want to install Office on your personal computer, you can join scheduled Skype for Business meetings using the Skype for Business web app. 
    This requires installation of the Skype for Business web app plug in for your internet browser before it will work.

You may also find the following resources from Microsoft useful:

 

 Joining a Skype for Business call with Mac OS

 

Due to the set up involved, we recommend that you run a test call using Skype for Business before you need to join an online meeting.

  • As with Windows, Mac users have the choice of joining meetings using a the Lync 2011 desktop application or using their  web browser with the Skype for Business/Lync web app, but there are more limitations for Mac users.
  • We recommend using the Skype for Business (Lync) web app when participating in a scheduled Lync meeting as this maximises the number of features available to you.
  • We recommend using the Lync 2011 desktop application for impromptu messenger chats or meetings with colleagues.
  • Follow the Lync for Mac set-up instructions in advance of needing to use Lync for the first time as some set-up is required.

  • Skype for Business (Lync) wep app requires installation of the Skype for Business (Lync) web app plug in for your internet browser before it will work.
  • If Lync 2011 is not already installed on your computer, call the Service Desk to arrange installation.
  • You can also install Lync 2011 for free on up to 5 computers at home. See our MS Office for Staff page for details.

  • On campus, Lync 2011 will only work on Mac OS if a Lync certificate has been installed. Service Desk will automatically install this certificate when installing Lync 2011, but this will need to be installed manually on personal computers used on campus.  
    Click here to install the certificate

You may also find the following videos from Microsoft useful:
 

 Documents from Information Services

 
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