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Web Conferencing and Collaboration

Skype for Business logoOverview

Whether you need video conferencing, desktop sharing, or instant messaging, Skype for Business is a unified communication tool that makes it easy for students, faculty, and staff to conduct web conferences, share applications or their desktop, send instant messages, work together on online white boards, view real-time presence indicators for colleagues, and more.

Skype for Business

Skype for Business can be used to instantly start a one-to-one video conference with audio, or it can be used to schedule in advance a full web conference with up to 250 participants. During a Skype for Business meeting, the host can pass control to any of the participants and allow them to conduct the meeting or even use applications on the host's workstation. Skype for Business integrates with mobile devices and can be used to collaborate with individuals outside the University. Files can be transferred between Skype for Business (Microsoft Lync) collaborators with a simple drag-and-drop into the Skype for Business chat window. Skype for Business meetings can be recorded and shared with participants.

  • Start an instant message conversation and add audio or video to it instantly
  • Schedule web conferences for up to 250 participants
  • Share a document, PowerPoint presentation, whiteboard, or your entire desktop with anyone
  • See which of your contacts are available, in meetings, or away from their desks
  • Record online meetings and share them with others
  • Send and share files with a simple drag and drop
  • Attend online meetings from your computer or mobile device

Skype for Business is available at no cost to all University of Pittsburgh students, faculty, and staff, and can be downloaded from the Software Download Service at My Pitt (my.pitt.edu).

Learn more about Skype for Business >

Access the Skype for Business Web Scheduler for Students >

Certified Conference Room System Video Devices (Polycom RealConnect)

Pitt Information Technology offers Polycom RealConnect for Office 365, a Microsoft-certified, cloud video interoperability service that enables departments with video conferencing equipment to connect into Skype for Business meetings seamlessly. Departments can purchase a license through the Pitt IT Software Store.

Video Bridge Service (BlueJeans)

Pitt Information Technology offers a Video Bridge service that enables departments with specialized video conferencing equipment (for example, room systems such as Polycom and Cisco/Tandberg) to join or “bridge” their systems with other conferencing services, including Microsoft Skype for Business. Licenses for the Video Bridge Service are available to departments at reduced cost through Software Distribution Services. The Video Bridge Service service brings major hardware and software video platforms together into a uniform conferencing experience, and also supports screen sharing and recording.

For more information, visit the Video Bridge Service page.