Lync is the primary client software for Microsoft's Lync Server. It provides presence, contact management, instant messaging (IM), conferencing, and screen-sharing features. Many of these features are available with video capabilities, as well; like for the IM and conferencing tools.

What are the benefits to me of having Microsoft Lync?

  • This tool will enable IM chatting and video conferencing with other faculty and staff at CCS.
  • You are take advantage of screen sharing capabilities with our HelpDesk or your colleagues
  • You can schedule or participate in Lync meetings. If your system has a webcam your colleagues can see you (and you can see them). This is a particularly helpful tool when trying to arrange meetings with people spread throughout different physical locations in our district.
    • Windows 7 or 8- If Lync is loaded on your computer, you should be able to type Lync into the search field under your start button and launch it.
      • If it is not yet on your computer, you can load it through the Software Center.
    • Other devices we have gotten to work with Lync, but we do not have installation or connection instructions available yet
      • Mac OS X (Lion and above) – Call the HelpDesk at a time when you have about 15 minutes to work through the installation process with us.
      • Apple iOS – iPad and iPhone
      • Android phone

How do I learn more about Lync?

We will try to answer your questions about Lync, but remember it is a powerful tool that those of us in the Information Technology department are still learning how to use.

Microsoft has some good training materials on Lync for your reference. A few of the best are: