Microsoft Lync

Microsoft Lync is the ISS-blessed Instant Messaging solution for Newcastle University.

The ISS page for Lync is here:



The Microsoft Lync Mac client is available from


The Mac Lync client is quite unstable, and you may prefer to use Adium instead: an open source, multi-protocol IM client. You will also need the separate SIPE Adium plugin.

The following software versions have been tested to work with Lync:


windows login:
password: as you might imagine


connection type: auto
auth: tls-dsk
user agent: UCCAPI/4.0.7577.314 OC/4.0.7577.314

unticked BEAST, SSO

email stuff and calendar stuff all unchecked


alternate text There is no official Lync client for Linux. We recommend instead Pidgin, an open source, multi-protocol IM client, and the SIPE plugin for pidgin.

Internet Relay Chat (IRC)

CS Support run an experimental IRC service for use within the School. This is a very early stage pilot service and quite experimental. See (Services/IRC) for more information.

IRC clients

You can use pidgin on Windows or Linux and adium on Mac for accessing IRC.

If you are familiar with UNIX/Linux console operation but unfamiliar with IRC, I’d recommend the irssi client (installed onritchie). For Windows users, we are yet to perform a survey of modern IRC clients but MIRC may be a good place to start.

For Mac, colloquy is well thought of and suited to beginners. LimeChat seems to work well.