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Web Conferencing and Collaboration

Overview

Video conferencing. Desktop sharing. Instant messaging: Skype for Business (Microsoft Lync) is a unified communication tool that makes it easy for students, faculty, and staff to conduct Web conferences, share applications or their desktop, send instant messages, work together on online white boards, view real-time presence indicators for colleagues, and more.

Skype for Business (Microsoft Lync)

Skype for Business (Microsoft Lync) can be used to instantly start a one-to-one video conference with audio, or it can be used to schedule in advance a full Web conference with up to 250 participants. During a Skype for Business (Microsoft Lync) meeting, the host can pass control to any of the participants and allow them to conduct the meeting or even use applications on the host's workstation. Skype for Business (Microsoft Lync) integrates with mobile devices and can be used to collaborate with individuals outside the University. Files can be transferred between Skype for Business (Microsoft Lync) collaborators with a simple drag-and-drop into the Skype for Business (Microsoft Lync) chat window. Skype for Business (Microsoft Lync) meetings can be recorded and shared with participants.

  • Start an instant message conversation and add audio or video to it instantly
  • Schedule Web conferences for up to 250 participants
  • Share a document, PowerPoint presentation, whiteboard, or your entire desktop with anyone
  • See which of your contacts are available, in a meeting, or away from their desk
  • Record online meetings and share them with others
  • Send and share files with a simple drag and drop
  • Attend online meetings from your computer or mobile device

The Microsoft Lync client is available at no cost to all University of Pittsburgh students, faculty, and staff, and can be downloaded from the Software Download Service at My Pitt (my.pitt.edu).

Learn more about Skype for Business >

Access the Skype for Business (Microsoft Lync) Web Scheduler for Students >

Video Bridge Service (Blue Jeans)

Computing Services and Systems Development offers a Video Bridge service that enables departments with specialized video conferencing equipment (for example, room systems such as Polycom and Cisco/Tandberg) to join or “bridge” their systems with other conferencing services, including Microsoft Skype for Business. Licenses for the Blue Jeans video bridge solution are available to departments at reduced cost through Software Distribution Services. Blue Jeans brings major hardware and software video platforms together into a uniform conferencing experience. Blue Jeans also supports screen sharing and recording.

For more information about the Video Bridge service, visit the BlueJeans page.