In addition to sending secure, encrypted instant messages to KUMC colleagues, Lync also provides:
Lync clients were installed on university owned devices in 2013. For older Macs not re-imaged after the summer of 2014, the client is available on myKUMC.
For iOS and Android devices, you can download Lync in your respective app stores. Note that 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.