Video Conferencing


Microsoft Lync is a real-time communications environment offering instant messaging, audio-video, screen sharing, and web conferencing capabilities. It can be accessed through a browser-based Web App, or through installed clients on computers, smartphones, and tablets.

Lync client software is available for Windows and Mac which can be requested for installation or downloaded following the directions on this page.

Should you have any questions on Lync, please refer to the documentation within this site, or contact the IT Help Desk at or 708-524-6888.

When is Lync recommended?

Microsoft Lync is a powerful application with many uses. For video conferencing, the following systems are recommended based on use requirements.

  • Microsoft Lync - video conferencing with five or less active video participants
  • Blackboard Collaborate - video conferencing with more than five active video participants
  • Canvas Conferences - recommended for all instructional classroom use

Connect with Lync

Ready to use Lync? Select your device... 

Mac Client - Install and configure Lync for Mac Office 2011 
Windows Client - Install and configure Lync for Windows 
Mobile Clients - Use select smartphones & tablets with Lync
Web App - Join a meeting using your browser (Recommended for Non-DU accounts)
Client Comparison - List of access methods and features