Sign in to and sign out of Skype for Business (Lync)

If you haven’t installed Skype for Business (Lync), you can find it from the list of apps in the Windows 8 Store. After you install it, it will appear on the Windows Start screen. You can open the Search charm to find it quickly.

  1. On the Windows Start screen, do one of the following:

    • Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search.

    • If you’re using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and then click Search.

  2. Type Skype for Business (Lync) in the text box, and select it from the search results.

  3. Skype for Business (Lync) starts. If you’re signed in to the PC with your domain credentials, Skype for Business (Lync) uses them and signs in automatically. If not, type in your sign-in address, select a different presence status if you want, and select Sign in.

Note    If you’re using a Windows RT tablet PC, you will need to enter your credentials the first time you launch Skype for Business (Lync).

Important    If you have any issues signing in, see Lync Windows Store app sign-in issues.

  1. When prompted, choose whether you want to set Skype for Business (Lync) as a lock screen app. If you do, Skype for Business (Lync) runs in the background, displays notifications when someone calls you or sends an instant message, and displays short status updates even when your screen is locked.

  2. When prompted, choose whether you want Skype for Business (Lync) to use your PC mic, speakers, and camera for Skype for Business (Lync) calls.

After you make your selections for these settings, you’ll see the Skype for Business (Lync) home screen.

Tip    When Skype for Business (Lync) is running in the background, you can use the Skype for Business (Lync) tile on the Windows Start screen to check whether you’re signed into Skype for Business (Lync) or not. If you are, Skype for Business (Lync) will display your current presence status.

By default, Skype for Business (Lync) signs in automatically when it detects a network connection. However, if you’re outside the coverage of your local network, you might incur additional charges for using Skype for Business (Lync). To avoid this cost, you can set Skype for Business (Lync) to not sign in automatically when it detects a high cost network. To learn more, see Avoid metered connections.

To sign out of Skype for Business (Lync), select your picture on the Skype for Business (Lync) home screen, and select Sign out at the bottom of the panel.

Applies To: Lync 2013

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