Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Lync 2013 Metro and Basic Client Details...

With all the buzz going around about the wave 15 server product launches some exciting client side products including the Lync 2013 Metro and Basic client apps.

Microsoft has done an excellent job on creating this app to work very well with Windows 8.
I like how clean Microsoft decided to leave it, which makes for a very fluid app.

Even window snapping works very well in this app, one thing I noticed when you click one of the menu items it will expand the app to show a larger screen view and wont stay pinned to the side but over all a good feel.


As for the Lync 2013 Basic client, looks very much the same as the full client, IM, dial pad, voicemail preview. But there is a underneath change in the basic version of the client.
  • Advanced call features; advanced call features include team ring, call forwarding, simultaneous ring, voice mail, call park, call delegation, response groups, and remote call control
  • Calendar delegation
  • Gallery video view
  • OneNote sharing
  • Recording
  • Skill search
  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
I could see this version being used on "Home" computers or laptops for basic Lync 2013 functionality for IM and voice. The Basic client can be downloaded from

Monday, 29 October 2012

Lync Server 2013 RTM now available to MSDN, Technet and Partners

Good Afternoon,

I apologies for the scattered posts, I have been busy on a few large scale projects which haven't left a lot of time for posting! BUT, I did notice today a great piece of information.

Lync, Exchange, SharePoint and Office 2013 RTM products are now available via TechNet, MSDN and Partner downloads. So as I mentioned in an earlier post regarding the new MCSE certifications for the new wave of products, this shows we are very close to world wide offering of Lync Server 2013 and its related certifications.

Also, I have finished building my new lab as my old one died a few months back. I will be getting back on track with some exciting posts on Lync Server 2013. Including Edge configurations, persistent chat, and Hybrid Voice configurations with Office 365!

Thursday, 18 October 2012

October 2012 Updates Released for Lync Server 2010

The Microsoft Lync team has released the October 2012 updates for Lync Server 2010, below is information on the updates and link to download them.

The update installer can be downloaded from here (Lync Server 2010) Please see below for installation details.

Lync 2010 Client update can be downloaded from here

Lync 2010 Attendee – Administrator level installation can be download from here

Lync 2010 Attendee – User level installation can be download from here

 Description of the updates and the KB articles can be found here

Also note when updating your Lync environment as most updates require updating your CsDatabase as described at the bottom of this support page http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=2493736