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Skype for Business

Skype for Business (formerly called Lync) is now available to USF faculty and staff in Tampa and Sarasota for instant messaging, voice communications and video conferencing. Skype for Business brings people together, increases collaboration and saves the cost of traveling and time!  You can connect and collaborate across departments with your USF and USF Health colleagues as well as colleagues from other universities.

Connect across the University to easily collaborate, share your desktop or check someone's availability.  Skype connects with your Office 365 calendar to show your presence status.  Skype works well with your PC, tablet, smartphone or Mac.

Skype for Business is a great tool for collaboration and communication. You can use the core functionality (text communication, presenting application content and sharing entire desktops) with just your computer.  Other features are improved by the use of a webcam, microphone and speakers.

Skype for Business can be used for:

Instant messaging

Connect with a colleague to text chat, share content from programs like PowerPoint or even your entire desktop. One- and two-way video and audio communication are available with appropriate accessories.

Meetings and instant messaging with more than two participants

Connect with multiple people or an entire team through the cloud for the same chat, sharing and audio/video communication (with appropriate accessories) capabilities.

Sharing Files

Sharing files in Skype for Business is easy and the file size is unlimited.


Right-click a colleague's name and "Tag for status alerts" to get a pop-up notification when their availability changes. This can help minimize your need to refer back to the Skype window periodically if waiting for a contact to become available.

Questions? Information about Skype for Business at USF is available at If you need any assistance, please contact the Service Desk at 813-974-1222 or by emailing