Microsoft Lync

As part of Microsoft Office 365, Howard University is implementing Microsoft Lync for faculty and staff starting in Spring 2014. This initiative will provide Instant Messaging (IM) and Web Conferencing.

Lync provides a consistent, single client experience for presence, instant messaging, voice, video, and web conferencing.


  • Enhanced instant messaging (IM) to connect efficiently and effectively.
  • Online presentations with screen-sharing and virtual whiteboards.
  • Real-time presence information—including photos, availability status, and location, integrated with Microsoft Outlook.
  • Voice calls through your computer to other Lync or Skype users in your organization or in other organizations that use Lync or Skype.
  • Pre-planned and on-the-fly audio, video, and web meetings with people inside and outside your organization.
  • Participation in your Lync conference calls even if they are not Office 365 or Lync Online customers.

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Lync can be downloaded directly from Microsoft, from the web addresses below.

Note: Lync is not compatible with Windows Vista or XP. You may contact the Help Desk to upgrade to Windows 7.

Microsoft Office Professional 2013 on Windows 7 already includes Lync. For other versions of MS Office, Lync can be downloaded here: Windows 32 bit, Windows 64 bit, Mac.

How to Log In

  1. Type your full email address address in the 'Email Address' field.
  2. Type your user ID (full email address) in the 'User ID' in the 'User ID' field.
  3. Click the 'Sign In' button


Training from Microsoft can be accessed at this web address:

Mac Configuration

If you are installing on a Mac computer, the configuration process is manual (on a Windows machine, the process is automatic). So, the first time you sign in to Link, you will first have to manually fill in the details by clicking on the "Advanced" link located at the bottom of the Lync sign in screen, then selecting "Manual configuration", and filling in the two fields.

See the screenshot below for more information.


Contact the Help Desk if you are in need of installation assistance.