Skype for Business (formerly Microsoft Lync) is a powerful set of communication and collaboration tools available to UAA and UAS faculty and staff. Skype For Business offers messaging, conferencing, sharing, and voice/video capabilities to keep you connected and collaborating with your colleagues or students while working on campus, traveling, or working from home. It integrates with Microsoft Office, and interfaces well with Outlook.
Due to arrangements with UAA, some setup will be required to allow Skype functionality. Please contact the Helpdesk if you encounter difficulties accessing Skype for Business.
For more general use, Google provides Hangouts, a free chat service available to all University accounts. Just log in to Google mail (http://google.alaska.edu) and access Hangouts from the menu on the left (see image below). Search for the individual by email, and send a chat invite. The first time you contact them, they will need to accept the chat invite before you see them Online. These functions are available to all students, staff, and faculty with active University accounts.