Lync is a component of Microsoft Office 2013, which is available for download under BU’s Microsoft Enterprise Agreement, as described below.

NOTE: Please be sure you have reviewed the Security Considerations before using Lync.


System Requirements

Detailed system requirements for Mac and Windows and supported mobile devices are provided by Microsoft. Note:

  • Windows version 7 or higher is required. Lync 2013 does not work on Windows XP.
  • Mac OS X v10.5.8 (Leopard) or higher is required.

Set up Lync

Note: Many faculty and staff already have Lync installed on their BU-owned computers.

Log in

After you install Lync, you will launch it from your computer or device just like any other application. If it’s your first time using Lync and it doesn’t connect automatically, provide your email address ( and the password you use to access email, when prompted, then click Sign-in.

Guest Access

Non-BU affiliates can communicate with anyone using BU Lync, as described on the Guest Access page.


If you experience any problems, see Troubleshooting Lync sign-in errors or submit a Help request for assistance.

Learn More

To learn more about use of Lync once you have it installed, see the related Learn More page.