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Free Microsoft Lync eBooks

I discovered a fantastic set of free Microsoft content recently and wanted to share it with my readers. Eric Ligman from Microsoft has put together what he calls the:

Largest collection of FREE Microsoft eBooks ever, including: Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Office 2013, Office 365, Office 2010, SharePoint 2013, Dynamics CRM, PowerShell, Exchange Server, Lync 2013, System Center, Azure, Cloud, SQL Server, and much more

In addition to some good Lync content there are some valuable free resources for Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, SharePoint, PowerShell, and Azure. You can access it all here:


There are ten Lync specific digital publications available. Many of them you have seen . . . → Read More: Free Microsoft Lync eBooks

Perspectives on the Big Announcements at Lync Conference 2014

Now that the dust has settled on the Microsoft Lync 2014 Conference last week, this article gives a recap of the big announcements and some perspectives on what it means to Lync, Skype, and the communications world at large.

The full keynote is available here to watch here: http://www.lyncconf.com/.

Beyond “Unified Communications” – Introducing “Universal Communications”

After a brief work-assignment-sabbatical from the Microsoft UC space, Gurdeep Singh Pall (Corporate Vice President for Lync & Skype Engineering, Microsoft) was back in fine form and offered some insightful thought leadership on the communications space and what the future will look like. Gurdeep is a proven visionary and it was great to see . . . → Read More: Perspectives on the Big Announcements at Lync Conference 2014

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:

Lync Server 2013 Lync 2013 Mobile Client Updates Lync 2010 Client and Server Lync Phone Edition Updates 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 . . . → Read More: A Summary of Recent Updates for Lync 2013, Lync 2010, and Skype

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

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 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

Recent Lync Control Panel Issue (AdminUIHost AppCrash)

March 2013 Update: A fix for this issue is now available. See A Fix for the Lync 2010 Control Panel Crash Issue on VMWare for more information.

I have experienced an issue recently with the Lync Control Panel crashing on several Lync servers. It appears the problem is caused by a recent Silverlight 5 update, but may or may not surface on all Lync servers. The issue is being investigated, but in the meantime, if you are experiencing this issue there are two easy workarounds:

Launch the Lync Control Panel from a web browser using the pool FQDN. This will take the form: https://<pool_FQDN>/CSCP. Don’t forget the “s” or a . . . → Read More: Recent Lync Control Panel Issue (AdminUIHost AppCrash)

Tips for Managing Lync User Policies

On-going user management in Lync typically involves changing, deleting, and reassigning existing Lync user policies to specific groups of users to expose or limit features for such things as Conferencing, External Access, and Client capabilities.

When reassigning Lync user policies, you will likely need to select a subset of Lync users based on their current policy and then make follow-on modifications to those Lync user objects. This blog post contains tips on do this and how to properly delete existing user policies.

Finding and Managing Lync Users with an Existing Policy

User policy management in the Lync Server Management Shell will likely involved the use of the Get-CsUser cmdlet. This . . . → Read More: Tips for Managing Lync User Policies

Lync Server CU5 (February 2012) Released

A quick post in case you missed it, the Lync 2010 server Cumulative Update 5 (CU5) has been released. This update includes client (include mobile) updates as well as server updates.


March 19, 2012 Update: The CU5 update for the Lync for iPhone and Lync for iPad apps have been released on the Apple Store.

iPhone : http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-lync-2010-for-iphone/id484293461?mt=8 iPad : http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-lync-2010-for-ipad/id484222449?mt=8

This iOS update enables the Lync clients to sign-in using Forefront UAG 2010 SP1 as a Reverse Proxy.


This includes fixes for most major Lync server 2010 roles including the administrative tools, the core components, and the mobility service.

Download: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=11551 Knowledge Base Article . . . → Read More: Lync February 2012 Updates are Available