Lync is a Microsoft unified communications application that integrates with other Office applications. Formerly called “Office Communicator” for the 2007 and previous versions, the client connects to a Lync Server service, and offers communications options to one or more other Lync or other federated instant messaging (IM) clients, including presence information (availability status of contacts), instant messaging (chat), voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) audio, video, and desktop sharing, either point-to-point for direct conferencing, or within an “Online Meeting” for additional application-sharing features. It is available at UF for all faculty and staff, and may be available for students in the future.
A microphone and Webcam attached to the user computer provide audio and video for communications, otherwise only “chat” and desktop sharing are available. Almost any USB Webcam will work with a desktop or laptop computer workstation for use with Lync. Two models that have proven very successful are the Logitech C920 HD Pro Webcam and the Microsoft LifeCam Studio, both with good echo cancellation for the built-in microphone, auto-focus for the high-resolution camera, and a tripod mounting point on the base. They are available for about $75 from the Dell myUF Market punchout.
More information is available on the UF IT Wiki: http://wiki.it.ufl.edu/wiki/Lync