June 4, 2015
Faculty, staff, and students who use Lync to chat with colleagues or family may have noticed changes to the service: the service name is now “Skype for Business” and the log-in screen and taskbar icon have changed to reflect the new name. Microsoft purchased the Skype service in 2011 and recently pushed out a series of branding changes to align Skype into the Microsoft Office suite.
There has been some confusion at UF around the rename of the service, but Skype for Business is the same IM, video chat, and online meeting collaboration platform that The Gator Nation has come to rely on! Skype for Business is vetted with the Information Security Office and the Privacy Office for the exact same university business usage as with Lync.
With Skype for Business students, faculty, and staff can:
• Make 1-to-1 video calls
• Host group video calls
• Initiate and receive voice calls
• Engage in an instant messaging (IM) conversation
• Share their screen
• File share
Again, no actions are required–it’s the same service, just with a different name. Anyone with questions about using Skype for Business may contact the UF Computing Helpdesk (352-392-HELP/4357 or firstname.lastname@example.org).