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Microsoft Lync

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Description Microsoft® Lync® is an enterprise-ready unified communications platform. With Lync, users can keep track of their contacts’ availability; send an IM; start or join an audio, video, or web conference; or make a phone call—all through a consistent, familiar interface. Lync is built to fully integrate with Microsoft Office.
Author(s) Stan Skrabut (skrabutTalk)
Email Stan Skrabut
Location Room 120
University of Wyoming, College of Agriculture
Phone 307-766-3722
Last Updated 18 May, 2012

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Description

According to Microsoft, "Microsoft® Lync® is an enterprise-ready unified communications platform. With Lync, users can keep track of their contacts’ availability; send an IM; start or join an audio, video, or web conference; or make a phone call—all through a consistent, familiar interface. Lync is built to fully integrate with Microsoft Office. The Microsoft Lync 2010 desktop client is available for Windows and for Mac and mobile versions are available for Windows Phone, iPhone/iPad, and Android devices." [1]

Features:

  • Contact List: You can sort your contacts by status, relationship, or group. You can see additional information about a contact by hovering over the contact name.
  • Activity Feed and Search Options: You can search through contacts as well as view the status updates.
  • Status Updates: You can update your status to let others know if you are available or busy. You can also let others know where you are.
  • Instant Messaging: Instant message others through Lync or other IM services.
  • Translator: Translate IM conversations with contact who speak a different language.
  • Integrated with Microsoft Outlook: Set up an online meeting through Outlook.
  • Application Sharing: Within a Lync meeting share documents, applications and your desktop with one or more participants.
  • Record meetings: Record meetings and share them later.
  • Virtual Whiteboard: Share ideas on a virtual whiteboard.
  • Device selection: Select the device you wish to be contacted on, and Lync will make the right connection. You have the option to change devices without ending call
  • Multiple platform: The Microsoft Lync 2010 desktop client is available for Windows and for Mac and mobile versions are available for Windows Phone, iPhone/iPad, and Android devices.

Essential Requirements

Lync is a client for your mobile device or computer and requires little set up. University of Wyoming provides detail set up instructions. See the software section below.

Equipment

The only equipment needed is a computer, smart phone, or iPod.

Software

Access to LinkedIn is accomplished through a Web-browser. These are the most common browsers:

Mobile Device

Here are links to various mobile applications.

Learning resources information

Reading List

Key Web links

Guides and Beginner Instructions

Here are a number of great guides to help you better understand Lync and its capabilities.

Business

Here are a number of articles focusing on Lync in a business setting.

Contacts

Here are instructions and tips for managing Lync contacts.

Education

Here are links discussing how Lync can be used in education.

Instant Messaging

Meetings and Conference Calls

Here are some instructions and tips for conducting conference calls and meetings using Lync.

Miscellaneous

Here are a number of miscellaneous tips to help you Lync to its fullest.

Mobile Devices

Here are some instructions and tips for using Lync on Mobile devices.

Sharing Desktop or Application

Here are instructions for sharing an application or desktop using Lync.

Status

Here are instructions for managing statuses in Lync.

Voice and Video

References

  1. http://lync.microsoft.com/en-us/what-is-lync/Pages/what-is-lync.aspx