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Instant Messaging

Skype for Business is a unified communications solution from Microsoft that facilitates online collaboration through a rich set of integrated features.  Skype for Business allows users to see one another’s presence and availability status and is a way for the Pace community to instant message one another. Skype for Business provides a seamless integration with Microsoft Exchange and Outlook to unify various communication media and aid in productivity.


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How to get this serice

Skype for Business and Lync 2011 are now included as part of Microsoft Office.You can download Microsoft Office for Mac or PC from

Note: You will need to log in with your MyPace Portal username and password.


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Skype for Business Within Pace

Communicate with fellow classmates and colleagues easily using the University supported instant messaging tool from Skype for Business.

For more information on the features, refer to the Skype for Business resource page.

Skype for Business With Other Universities and Outside Organizations

Pace’s Skype for Business server has “open federation” enabled.  To communicate with Skype for Business users in other organizations that also have open federation, simply add them to your contact list.  ITS has successfully tested Skype for Business federation with a number of organizations including Microsoft, Dell, HP, and Indiana University.  Questions regarding Skype for Business federation at Pace should be directed to

If you aren’t sure if someone has Skype for Business, you can use the “Who Can Federate” tool to scan your Outlook contacts.  It is available here: Who Can Federate. If you want to view other universities using Skype for Business click .edu Federation Registry. If you want to view the full list of any organization using Skype for Business click Skype for Business Federation Directory Project.

Skype for Business with Other Instant Messaging Applications

ITS is reviewing communication features that would allow Skype for Business users from Pace to communicate with outside individuals using other Instant Messaging applications such as Windows Live Messenger, AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), Google Chat, Skype.

Check back for periodic updates as these new features are implemented.