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Microsoft Communicator 2011

SHSU Technology Tutorials | Microsoft Communicator 2011

What is Microsoft Communicator 2011?

Micorsoft Communicator is a conference bridge, Instant Messaging (IM), and online collaboration and sharing tool that will be available to all SHSU employees. Microsoft Communicator for Mac 2011 provides real-time collaboration between people in different locations. People can collaborate in real time by using several methods of communication, including instant messaging (IM), presence, Web conferencing, and audio/video (A/V) conferencing. Contacts that a user adds to his or her Communicator account can include coworkers and, if authorized, associates on federated networks.


Interactive Messaging Client                                              

  • Communicator contacts appear in Outlook e-mails and you can even start instant messaging (IM), without switching to Communicator.  Additionally, Outlook email messages can be sent directly to contacts from Communicator itself.
  • Outlook calendar integration allows your status in Communicator to automatically update.


Getting Started

Open Communicator

Enter your entire E-mail address

Check the box that says "Use my network ID and password"

Click Sign In


Log On To Lync


Messaging in Communicator

Your contacts will appear when you log in to Communicator

Individuals with green boxes are available, while red means unavailable. Yellow boxes mean busy

Double click on the contact

A conversation will open with that contact

Communicator Contact ListCommunicator Message


Adding a Contact

Communicator Contact Options

To add a contact, follow these steps

  • Click Add
  • Enter the contact information of the person you wish to add
  • You can specify which contact list this person will be in
  • Other Options
    • Call a contact
    • Video message a contact
    • Send a file
    • E-mail a contact


Group Messaging

Communicator Invite

If you want to have a more than one person in a conversation, you can ivite other contacts to partake. Within the conversation, simply click on "Add" and select one of your contacts to join in on the conversation.


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