Announcing Microsoft Lync

Dear HSPH Faculty and Staff,

Are you interested in desktop video conferencing with others at HSPH and Harvard?

Are there times when instant messaging (IM) would be quicker and more efficient than email exchanges?

Would you like to quickly share your desktop for more effective collaboration?

The Department of Information Technology is pleased to announce the rollout of a new product called Microsoft Lync.  Lync is an easy-to-use software that integrates with Outlook and Office 2010 and offers the following features:

  • Instant Messaging (replaces GroupWise Messenger)
  • Multipoint desktop video conferencing (requires desktop video camera)
  • Desktop sharing
  • Presence (shows your and other’s current status integrating with Outlook calendar)

Product Information Sessions

The HSPH Helpdesk will host product demonstration on:

  • January 15, 12:00 to 1:00 pm, Kresge 110

If your department would like a demonstration at an upcoming meeting, please have your administrator contact Chris Cahill, User Services Manager, ctcahill@hsph.harvard.edu.

Cost
Lync is offered free of charge to all HSPH faculty and staff.

Installation
It takes just a few minutes to install!

Directions may be found at:  http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/administrative-offices/information-technology/hsph-it-policies/ms-lync-messenger/index.html

We encourage users to try the product in workgroups to test out features.

Further Product Information
For further product information, please visit the Microsoft product page at http://lync.microsoft.com/en-us/what-is-lync/Pages/what-is-lync.aspx

Microsoft has also made available an excellent video library of product uses and case studies at: http://lync.microsoft.com/en-us/resources/pages/resources.aspx?title=product-videos

We hope that the community will find this new tool helpful for collaboration.

Thank you,
HSPH Helpdesk