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Kuando BusyLight for Lync 2013

Kuando’s BusyLight has been a fan favorite in the Lync community for sometime. I rarely write about Lync products on this blog, but I find this product unique because it touches on the ability to extend the power of Lync’s presence into the physical world – using customer hardware – which can potentially increase productivity in the work environment.

For me, the ability to physically show my Lync Presence in the front of my office and not be disturbed when I was busy or on a conference call was enough of a carrot to give it a whirl. Kuando recently released updated software that integrates with Lync that supports . . . → Read More: Kuando BusyLight for Lync 2013

New Lync 2013 Mobile Clients & VOIP have Arrived

April 4, 2013 Update: the Lync 2013 client for Android is now available:

Download: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.office.lync15 Troubleshooting issues with Microsoft Lync 2013 for Android: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2834018/en-us Android smartphone devices that are supported for use with Lync 2013 for Android: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2829747/en-us

March 12, 2013 Update: the Lync 2013 Mobile Clients for the iPhone, iPad, and the Windows Phone are now available in their respective app stores. These new clients enable voice and video over IP and point-to-point and multi-party video. Here are the links to the respective mobile client downloads:

iPad: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-lync-2013-for-ipad/id605608899?mt=8 iPhone: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-lync-2013-for-iphone/id605841731?mt=8 Windows Phone 8: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/lync-2013/d85d8a57-0f61-4ff3-a0f4-444e131d8491

Important Notes:

The new Lync 2013 clients require Lync Server 2013 with CU1 installed or . . . → Read More: New Lync 2013 Mobile Clients & VOIP have Arrived

February 2013 Update for the Lync 2013 Client

A new update (aka CU1) for the Lync 2013 Client is available: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2812461.  There is not an associated Lync 2013 Server update yet but stay tuned.  Also, this update is just for the Windows Lync Client, not the VDI plug-in and other clients.

This update fixes some bugs (including some presence update issues with Outlook), improves quality, and has some noteworthy new improvements such as the ability to hide offline contacts in your contact list, and improved handling of devices that have both a front-and-rear facing camera.

The download links are at the bottom of the KB article. You will see two installation packages: Lyncloc and Msores.  You will need . . . → Read More: February 2013 Update for the Lync 2013 Client

Microsoft Lync 2013 - Ready for Takeoff!

Microsoft announced tonight that Lync 2013 has reached the Released to Manufacturing (RTM) milestone and it will be Generally Available for the first quarter of 2013.

Microsoft simultaneously announced that Office 2013, Exchange 2013, and SharePoint 2013 have also achieved RTM status and will GA in the same time-frame:

GA is planned for Q1 2013 Volume License customers with software assurance can start downloading mid-November 2012. TechNet and MSDN subscribers are expected to get access around mid-November 2012 also. The 2013 products will be available on the Volume Licensing price list on December 1. New capabilities will start showing up in Office 365 Enterprise subscriptions in service updates starting in . . . → Read More: Microsoft Lync 2013 – Ready for Takeoff!

Lync 2010 Cumulative Updates for October 2012

A quick blog post to let people know that new updates (October 2012) for the Lync 2010 Client, Lync 2010 Server (including the Mobility Service), and the Lync 2010 Attendee were released today. This round of updates is also referred to as CU7 (Cumulative Update 7).

NextHop has a nice write-up on the update with links to the associated KB articles and downloads: http://blogs.technet.com/b/nexthop/archive/2012/10/11/cumulative-updates-for-lync-server-2010-october-2012.aspx.

The direct KB article and download for the mobility service update is here: Description of the cumulative update for Lync Server 2010, Mobility Service: October 2012. It is described as improving the reliability, stability, and performance of the Lync 2010 Mobility service.

I haven’t installed the . . . → Read More: Lync 2010 Cumulative Updates for October 2012

Updated Lync iPhone Client is Available

A quick post to pass along that a new version of the Lync client for the iPhone is available. This update resolves the issue where multiple push notification would occur for a single IM under specific circumstances (listed in the associated KB article below).

The updated iPhone client is available on the iTunes AppStore here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-lync-2010-for-iphone/id484293461?mt=8.

The corresponding KB article is here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2728915.

Note: users should sign-out of the Lync application before applying the update. This will avoid abnormal termination of the Lync session.

Lync 2010 June 2012 Updates Available

A quick note in case you missed it – the June Cumulative Updates for Lync Server 2010 and all the Lync clients, including the phone clients, were recently released.

Microsoft’s NextHop has a good summary of all the updates with the appropriate links: Lync Server 2010 Updates Now Available: June 2012.

Note: this Lync client update does include the important security related hotfix released on June 12th for the Lync and Communicator clients:

> Microsoft Security Bulletin MS12-039 – Important – Vulnerabilities in Lync Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2707956)

The patched Lync client version will be 4.0.7577.4098.

Note: These server side updates are necessary for use the . . . → Read More: Lync 2010 June 2012 Updates and New iPad Client

The Lync 2010 Client Audio Codec Selection in Conferences

An update was recently released to knowledge base article 2614343 which describes a Lync 2010 Client update from November 2011. This update enabled the use of the RTAudio narrowband codec for WAN communication to a Lync 2010 Mediation server without the use of Call Admission Control (CAC).

What is more significant about this update (imho), and easily missed, is that this Lync 2010 client update also affects the audio codec selection used by Lync 2010 client during a conference. The change in codec selection during a conference wasn’t previously advertised in the knowledge base article, so it was updated to reflect that. A more detailed description of the change is . . . → Read More: The Lync 2010 Client Audio Codec Selection in Conferences

Customizing the Join Meeting Experience in Lync

Many Lync organizations and users need to customize certain aspects of joining a Lync meeting such as which participants are given the Presenter role, which Lync meeting client a participant will use, or the default text sent in the Lync meeting request.

Controlling who is a Meeting ‘Presenter’

Lync meeting Organizers are often surprised when the meeting starts and all internal participants are listed as a Presenter.

The Presenter role in refers to what this participant is allowed to do in this meeting. Specifically it enables the participant to share their desktop and applications, present files, and manage meeting options including admitting people into the meeting, but it does not . . . → Read More: Customizing the Join Meeting Experience in Lync