Skype for Business

The Classroom Support team supports videoconferencing in some locations, but it is not available in all rooms. If you would like the option for people to remotely attend your meetings or presentations where videoconferencing is not available, we recommend using Skype for Business. Skype for Business is similar to the consumer version of Skype and other web conferencing platforms, but is more secure and allows you more flexibility in features. This is currently the only HIPAA compliant web conferencing platform that OIS supports.

People you invite to Skype for Business online meetings can either use the full Skype for Business software (if they are university affiliates with ONYENs) or a browser-based application. The browser-based application allows guests from outside of the university to connect without an ONYEN, and has most of the functionality of the full application, including audio/video sharing and desktop sharing.

For more general information on Lync, visit the product page on the Microsoft website.

If you would like to have a Skype for Business online meeting in one of our rooms, please fill out the request form.

Skype for Business Features

The Skype for Business Web App allows people to attend meetings or view presentations right from their browsers.

Skype for Business has many features for conducting a meeting online. Some of the most typical used include:

  • Audio and Video broadcast
    • To broadcast audio and or video, you will require a microphone and/or web camera. We have limited resources to provide for this. Please consult with us in advance if you want to do this so that we can find a solution for you.
    • Please note only audio from the microphone will be transmitted through Skype.
  • Instant Messaging
  • Desktop Sharing
    • Desktop sharing also allows remote control
  • Live polling
  • File Sharing
  • Interactive Online Whiteboard
  • Security
    • Microsoft Lync is currently the only HIPAA compliant web conferencing platform that OIS supports.

Resources for Setting Up Skype for Business

Throughout Summer 2015, Microsoft Lync will be rebranded as Skype for Business. Some users have already experienced this transition. Documentation for this version of the software is available below.

Resources from CTC Update, May 2014

Campus IT professionals and faculty wanting to learn more about the features of Skype for Business may use the following resources discussed during the May 2014 CTC Update.

  • CTC Update Lecture Capture - Recorded presentation and audio via Echo360. In this room, as configured, video recording is also possible through the lecture capture appliance as well as through Lync. 
  • Requirements for Using the Lync Web App - Resource page sent out to clients requesting Lync for their remote participants
  • Federation Directory - List of organizations that also utilize Lync whom we can directly connect to
  • Equipment in use at the School of Medicine:
    • Jabra Speak 410 MS - Conference microphone used in SOM rooms without Lync integration
    • Fully-Integrated Rooms:
      • Vaddio A/V Bridge - USB device that takes audio and video allowing it to be used as a 'webcam' type device on computer
      • Vaddio PTZ Cameras
      • Polycom Ceiling Array Microphones