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What is Skype for Business (Lync)?

Skype for Business (Lync) is a communication and collaboration tool that lets you use your computer or mobile device to instant message, video-chat, schedule online video meetings/webinars, share screen and content with colleagues and students.

Skype for Business is the licensed Enterprise version of Skype that is used by large businesses and organisations to communicate and collaborate online.Skype for Business merges the features of Lync with the look-and-feel of Skype. See also What is the difference between Skype and Skype for Business?

Skype for Business is available free to all Deakin Staff and Students.

What do I need to use Skype for Business (Lync)?

To use Skype for Business (Lync), you need an internet-connected device with Skype for Business (or Lync) installed.

To use the video calling features, you will need a camera-enabled device (webcam on desktops or laptops, or in-built camera on tablets and smartphones) and a Lync-compatible headset (with both earphones and microphone).

To use the phone calling features (Deakin Staff only), you must be activated in Skype for Business Voice via Deakin Unplugged. All staff will be progressively activated during 2015/16 - you'll receive email communications and on-site support when your area is due to be switched. For more information on this, visit (Deakin Staff Only).

Signing-in to Skype for Business (Lync)

Sign-in to Skype for Business (or Lync) using your full Deakin email address as the sign-in address:

  • Staff -
  • Student -

Your password will be your Deakin password.

If you are also a Skype user (the free public version of Skype), you will sign-in to Skype using your own personal account. Your Skype and Skype for Business accounts are completely separate. For more information, see What is the difference between Skype and Skype for Business?

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