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On this page, you can learn how to use instant messaging, audio calls, and presence information to communicate with Skype users while using Microsoft Lync (and vice-versa).

Microsoft Lync supports connectivity with Skype. This connectivity lets Lync users add Skype contacts by using the Skype user’s Microsoft Account (MSA). (external link) Skype users can also add Lync users to their contacts list. Lync and Skype users will be able to communicate using instant messaging, see each other’s presence, and initiate audio calls.

NOTE: At this time, Lync-Skype calls must be only one party to one party. Lync-Skype conference calls and meetings will not work.

NOTE: Lync-Skype video calling is not yet available from Microsoft.

What is an MSA?

If you use an email address and password to access services such as Microsoft OneDrive storage technology, Windows Phone, the Microsoft Xbox LIVE online game service, and the Microsoft Outlook messaging and collaboration client (as well as (previously) Microsoft's Hotmail web-based e-mail service or Windows Live Messenger), you already have a Microsoft account (MSA (external link)) (previously called Windows Live ID). If you also have a Skype account, it's easy set up single sign-on to access a variety of additional applications and services, including Lync-to-Skype voice calls, etc.

To set up a Microsoft account, see the Microsoft account sign-up page at (external link)

Using Skype with Lync (and Lync with Skype)

If Skype users sign in to Skype with a Microsoft account (MSA (external link)) (previously called Windows Live ID), they may use Skype to communicate with their non-Skype contacts who are using Lync (and vice-versa).

NOTE: Be sure to link your Skype account to an MSA. (external link) A Skype account that is not linked to an MSA will not be able to communicate with Lync users.

You can find out if your Skype and Microsoft accounts are already linked by checking (external link):

Learn more about using Microsoft accounts with Skype. (external link)

To set up a Skype account, visit (external link)

Additional Help

If you are using Skype and need help adding a Microsoft Lync contact, please visit (external link).

Keywords:Lync, Skype, msa, microsoft, account, windows live id, contact, personal   Doc ID:49535
Owner:Lync M.Group:University of Illinois at Urbana
Created:2015-03-25 11:50 CDTUpdated:2016-01-26 17:53 CDT
Sites:University of Illinois at Urbana
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