In addition to sending secure, encrypted instant messages to KUMC colleagues, Lync also provides:
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Lync clients will automatically be installed on your Windows 7 and XP desktops throughout the day on Oct. 22nd. If you have a laptop off-campus, once it connects to the campus network it will begin the install process. For Macs, the client is available on myKUMC.
For iOS and Android devices, you can download Lync in your respective app stores. Note that initially mobile devices will only connect to the service when they are using the kumc-secure wireless network.
You won't be able to communicate with friends and colleagues using other instant messenger clients (like Yahoo!, AOL, MSN Messenger, iChat, etc.), though eventually you will be able to use Lync to contact users on the KU-Lawrence campus.
Lync has large placeholders for people's faces, as does Outlook and SharePoint. A future project will involve integrating the university and hospital badge systems into a directory of staff photos. Look for more news soon.