Welcome To Lync! (Now Skype For Business)

Beginning Feb. 23rd, all staff computers will have Microsoft Lync 2013 installed. Microsoft Lync 2013 gives you instant messaging (IM), audio and video calls, online meetings, availability (presence) information, and sharing capabilities all from one, easy-to-use program.

Here is what the main window will look like:


Skype Bar

Setting Up Contacts:

To Add a Contact: Type a person's name or email address in the "Find Contact" field. Right-click the person and select "Add to Contacts List" and select the group where you want to add the contact.


Contact List

To Add a Group: Right-click beside "Other Contacts", and select "Create New Group". Give the new group a name.

To Add a Contact to a Group: Click and drag a contact to a group. Or, right-click the contact and select "Move/Copy Contact To", and select desired group.

Status (Presence):

To Reset your Presence status: Click the Availability Menu and select your presence status. Or, select Reset Status to set it according to your activity and Outlook Calendar.

Availability Menu



To Start an Instant Message Conversation: Double-click the contact. Or, point at the contact's picture and click the IM button on the Quick Lync bar.



To Send an Instant Message: Type your message in the text box and press Enter.

To Begin an Instant Message Conversation with a Group: Right-click the contact group and select 'Send an Instant Message".


Skype Window

To View a Save Conversation within Lync: Click the Conversation tab in the main Lync Window. Double-click a past conversation.

Lync Conversations


To View a saved Conversation within Outlook: Go to your Inbox and on the left side, you will see a folder called Conversation History. Remember, everything is saved!


Conversation History