Microsoft Lync is a communication tool that allows you to send and receive instant messages with colleagues, make and receive audio & video calls (additional equipment required for video and audio elements) and enables others to see your presence (e.g. Busy, in a meeting or if you are available). 

Additionally, you can interactively collaborate on documents, show presentations and schedule online meetings with internal and external parties.   Lync is closely linked to Microsoft Exchange (Outlook) calendaring to show your availability when scheduling meetings.  

Lync Online is available to staff and students.