Avaya Workplace is a software application (softphone) that runs on your work computer and can augment your desktop phone or replace it entirely. The software application is a great way to take your phone while traveling around campus or working from home (via Husky OnNet). If you choose to run the softphone client, it is recommended that you purchase a headset. Tested models can be found in the headset section below. Headsets must be purchased through your standard ordering channels.
Avaya Workplace can be used alongside your desktop phone, accepting/making calls from either. Or you could choose to turn in your desktop phone and only use the Workplace application.
As you use a softphone, it is recommended that you use wired data connected to your computer. Since Wi-Fi is a shared medium, you could experience degraded audio depending on proximity and number of other users sharing the Wi-Fi access point. Some types of network devices, such as firewalls, could impact the usability of the Softphone service. Contact customer services for additional information.
How to Get Avaya Workplace
Avaya Workplace is available for Windows and macOS. Workplace is also available for iOS and Android (from their respective app stores). Still, these are use-at-your-own-risk (i.e., minimal support from UW-IT due to carrier and roaming inconsistencies).
The supported operating systems are these:
- macOS 10.11 or newer
- Windows 10 or 11
The minimum hardware level for Windows workstations is:
- Dual Core or better;
- 2GB RAM (although more is recommended); and
- 1.5GB free hard disk space (3GB free hard disk space if .NET 4.0 is not installed).
The Avaya Workplace grants faculty and staff at the University of Washington the right to use the software on University-owned computers and their personal computers only for educational or academic purposes. Once you have separated from the UW, you must remove the software from your computer.
- No registration is required.
- There is no charge for the software.
- UW-IT maintains licensing with Avaya for use with the UW-IT Avaya phone system.