As of March 2016, IT Services has made the Skype Federation feature available to members of the McGill community. This feature allows you to add people to your Skype for Business contact list even if they are using regular Skype.
On May 13, IT Services released the new Skype for Business client to supported McGill faculty & staff users that have Office 2013 Service Pack 1 (SP1) installed on their computers. It includes:
Recently, Microsoft released Skype for Business to replace Lync. This new version of Skype is a hybrid of the Lync client that you use here at McGill, and the Skype client you may use at home. IT Services will be deploying the new client to supported McGill faculty & staff users starting on May 13. It will include:
The Lync server application will be upgraded on Tuesday, February 11, between 10:00 pm and 10:30 pm. During this period there will be a brief 1-2 minute interruption in Lync telephone and communication services (instant messaging, web conferencing).
We apologize for any inconvenience to you.
Status update - Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 11:44 am:
This Lync issue reported earlier has now been resolved.
Original announcement - Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 11:25 am:
Lync phones are currently only able to make and receive calls between other Lync phones. They cannot make calls to external phones or non-Lync McGill phones. Please check the IT Services website (www.mcgill.ca/it) for status updates.
We apologize for this inconvenience.