A Summary of Recent Updates for Lync 2013, Lync 2010, and Skype

There has been a smattering of updates in the recent days covering Lync 2013, Lync 2010, and Skype. This post summarizes all the releases and highlights what is noteworthy. The October 2013 Updates cover 5 major areas:

  1. Lync Server 2013
  2. Lync 2013 Mobile Client Updates
  3. Lync 2010 Client and Server
  4. Lync Phone Edition Updates
  5. Skype for Kindle & iOS7 Devices

Lync Server 2013

The October 2013 Cumulative Updates for Lync Server are summarized and available here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2809243.

One headline feature included in this cumulative update is “Operator Assistance” (see Update that enables the operator assistance feature during a PSTN dial-in conference in a Lync Server 2013 environment).  This feature, when enabled by the Lync Administrator, allows callers into Lync PSTN dial-in conferencing to be transferred to an operator (as defined by the administrator) by entering *0.

Pay close attention to the “Installation Methods” section when installing this update. The installation steps differ depending on what CU is currently installed on your Lync servers.

In addition, here are some noteworthy fixes included in this update:

  1. You can’t dial out or share video in a Lync Web App meeting in a Lync Server 2013 environment
  2. Mediation server can’t forward call history headers when a forwarded call number has an extension in a Lync Server 2013 environment
  3. User in a Distribution Group (DG) cannot join a chat room in a Lync Server 2013 environment

Note: there is no October 2013 Lync 2013 Desktop client update (yet).

Lync 2013 Mobile Client Updates

Recent updates to the Lync 2013 clients for the iPad, iPhone, and Windows Phone deliver 3 key new features:

  1. The ability to anonymously join a Lync meeting from a mobile device
  2. The ability to start an impromptu (aka ad-hoc) Lync meeting from a mobile device
  3. The ability for the Lync mobile application to authenticate without storing credentials (aka certificate authentication & passive authentication)

The Microsoft Lync team blog does a nice job explaining the ability to anonymously join a Lync meeting and start an ad-hoc meeting from a mobile device in this post: New Features Available for Windows Phone, iPhone and iPad Lync mobile apps.  One of the big advantages of being able to join an anonymous meeting is simplifying the meeting join experience – one click on the Lync meeting URL versus signing in or dialing a phone number and entering a PIN.

The third big feature allows mobile clients to authenticate without having the user supply their associated AD credentials;  instead certificate authentication or passive authentication leveraging Microsoft Active Directory Federation Services 2.0 (ADFS) can be used.  See Microsoft NextHop article Lync Server 2013 Certificate Authentication and Passive Authentication support for Lync 2013 Mobile applications by Kaushal Mehta for more information.

This update brings all mobile Lync 2013 clients to version to 5.2.  More information about the respective clients are accessible here:

Lync 2010 Client and Server

Lync 2010 Client Updates

Details and downloads for x64 and x32 for the October 2013 updates for the Lync 2010 client is available here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2884632. This update includes a handful of minor fixes.

Lync 2010 Server

All of the October 2013 updates for Lync 2010 server are described here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2493736.  There is little information about the fixes and updates included in this update but three server roles/services have new updates for October 2013 (make sure you are running the latest for the other roles and services though):

  1. Update for Standard/Enterprise edition Server
  2. Update for Conferencing Server
  3. Update for Unified Communications Managed API 3.0 Runtime

Lync 2010 Group Chat Updates Server and Chat Administration Tool

Here are the October 2013 updates to the group chat components:

  1. Lync 2010 Group Chat Client
  2. Lync Server 2010 Group Chat Server
  3. Lync Server 2010 Group Chat Administration Tool

Lync Phone Edition Updates

The October 2013 updates includes updates for Lync phone edition running on devices from Aastra, HP, Polycom, and Nortel:

This update represents version 4.0.7577.4411 on all devices.

Tip – included in all of theses updates is a fix that addresses this issue: You cannot sign in to a Lync Phone Edition telephone after a root certificate for Lync Server 2010 or Lync Server 2013 is renewed. This update contains a new DigiCert Certificate Authority certificate which address this issue.

Skype for Kindle & iOS7 Devices

Mary Jo Foley reported some interesting new releases for the Skype client on Android tablets, iOS7, and the new Kindle Fire tablets.

See Microsoft updating Skype for new Kindle Fire tablets, iOS 7 devices by Mary Jo Foley.

The new Skype clients for the iPhone and iPad (version 4.13) can be found here: http://blogs.skype.com/2013/10/07/skype-4-13-for-iphone-and-ipad/.

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