The tools below can help you stay connected while working at an alternate site. Choose the option that best meets your needs.



Zoom, available at, is a cloud-based web conferencing tool for video and audio conferencing, collaboration, chat, and webinars across mobile devices, desktops, telephones, and room systems. Zoom allows you to meet face-to-face using HD video conferencing; share your desktop, documents, or individual applications with everyone in the meeting. It provides collaboration with people within and outside Mason. Zoom is available via web browser, desktop application, and mobile app. When accessing your Mason Zoom account you will need to sign in using SSO.

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Microsoft Teams

Microsoft (MS) Teams is an enterprise-wide collaboration suite that lives within Mason’s Office 365 environment.  At its core, MS Teams provides chat, audio calling, video calling, screen share, and more with individuals and groups outside of a team structure. MS Teams is available via web browser, desktop application, and mobile app.

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VPN with SoftPhone

A software program for making telephone calls from your computer over the Internet. The softphone runs as a Windows application and performs just like an office phone with a Mason telephone extension. If your Flexible Work arrangement includes a Mason-provided VoIP softphone, you will need an Internet connection, VPN access, and a university-assigned laptop. There are software, equipment, and monthly recurring costs for this service which is part of the Telework Technology Service Bundle. Contact your Telecom Coordinator for assistance.