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Skype for Business -- Lync for Mac 2011

Microsoft's Lync for Mac 2011 reference page

Skype for Business for Mac will be available later in 2016. Until then, Lync for Mac 2011 is the videoconferencing solution Microsoft provides for use with Office 365, Office 2013, and Office 2016.  Lync for Mac 2011 users can join and initiate videoconferences with users of Skype for Business.

Important: You need to use Internet Explorer or Safari to perform these steps. The download doesn't work with Chrome.

1. Sign in to Office 365.

2. At the top of your Office 365 page, choose Settings > Office 365 settings.

 Office 365 Settings

3. Choose Install and manage software.

Install software

4. Choose Skype for Business > Install to download the Lync for Mac 11 installation program onto your Mac.

Download installation program

The lync_14._.dmg file is downloaded onto your computer. This is the Lync for Mac 2011 installation program.

5. After the Lync for Mac 2011 installation program downloads to your Mac, go back to the Skype for Business page, and choose Lync for Mac 2011 update.

Lync for Mac 2011 update

6. At the Microsoft download center, choose Download to download the Lync for Mac 2011 update program onto your Mac.

Download update

The lync_14._.dmg file is downloaded onto your computer. This is the Lync for Mac 11 update.

7. After the programs are finished downloading, go to Downloads on your Mac. You'll see two Lync programs there.

Your Downloads Folder

8. Choose the first one, lync__.dmg, to open the installer.

Important: Depending on your Mac settings, the Lync Installer might be blocked from running because it's not from the Mac App Store and identified developers. Open the General pane of Security & Privacy preferences, choose the unlock icon, and then choose Anywhere to allow the Lync Installer to run.

9. Choose the Lync Installer button to start the installer.

Click Lync Installer

10. Follow the prompts in the Lync for Mac Installer until it's finished, and then choose Close at the end.

Installer window

11. Next, go back to Downloads on your Mac, and choose the update program, lync__-2.dmg.

12. Choose the Lync Installer button to start the installer for the update.

Click Lync Installer

13. Follow the prompts in the Lync for Mac Installer until it's finished, and then choose Close at the end.

Congratulations! You're done installing Lync for Mac 2011. Now you're ready to sign in for the first time.

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