Microsoft Lync is the ISS-blessed Instant Messaging solution for Newcastle University.
The ISS page for Lync is here: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/itservice/lync/
The Microsoft Lync Mac client is available from http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/details.aspx?id=36517
The following software versions have been tested to work with Lync:
- Adium 1.5.9
- SIPEAdiumPlugin 1.18.0
windows login: firstname.lastname@example.org
password: as you might imagine
connection type: auto
user agent: UCCAPI/4.0.7577.314 OC/4.0.7577.314
unticked BEAST, SSO
email stuff and calendar stuff all unchecked
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.
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.