Lync/Skype for Business

Lync/Skype for Business

About this service

Other names for this service

Lync 2013, UC-Lync, Skype For Business

Service documentation

Why to use this service

Skype for Business/Lync provides a cost-effective communications medium that is computer-based and more easily integrated into other applications than traditional "copper" phone service. Skype for Business/Lync integrates closely with Exchange by leveraging a user's mailbox for voicemail, and permits scheduling of Skype Conferences in a user's calendar.  Users have a variety of real-time mechanisms to communicate, rather than just a phone call or email.


Instant messaging (IM), phone, E911, long distance, audio and video conferencing and recording, desktop sharing, PowerPoint sharing, Response Groups for call handling, and private phone numbers. Skype for Business/Lync also interfaces with the consumer version of Skype. Additionally, we offer a third party Contact Center solution that integrates with the Skype for Business servers.

Getting and using this service

Who can use this service

Graduate/Professional Students

How to get this service

Requests for an individual's Lync account, response groups role-based accounts, and common area phones are submitted by Pinnacle Department Managers as service requests via Pinnacle.


No charge.

How to use this service

Available using the Skype for Business or Lync client on Windows and Mac computers, Lync-optimized IP phones, Outlook Web Access, Skype for Business Mobile client on Android, iOS, and Windows smartphones and tablets, dial-in from public-switched telephone network, web scheduler, and Skype for Business Web App.

Quotas and usage restrictions

Quotas: The maximum number of contacts in the Skype for Business or Lync client is 1,000. The maximum number of groups in the contact list is 64. The maximum number of conference participants is 250. Video quality is determined by the client's available bandwidth and camera with a maximum resolution of 1080p. File uploads from Skype for Business Web App are limited to 30 MB and file uploads from Skype for Business or Lync clients are limited to 500 MB.

Usage Restrictions: None listed.

Sensitive data considerations

None listed.

Hours and support

Standard service hours


Scheduled maintenance hours

Service is redundant so it remains available during maintenance.  Maintenance work is completed 9:00 pm to 3:00 am Monday through Friday.

Staffed support hours

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

How to report issues

Contact the Technology Services Help Desk by phone (217-244-7000) or by email (