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Microsoft Lync
Microsoft Lync 2013 logo.svg
Developer(s)Microsoft
Stable release2013 (15.0.4420.1017) / 2 October 2012; 2 years ago (2012-10-02)
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows,[1] Windows Phone, Android, iPhone and iPad running iOS 4.3 or later, and Symbian[2]
PlatformIA-32 and x86-64
Size53 MB[1] – 55 MB[3]
TypeInstant Messaging and Collaborative software
LicenseTrialware[1][3]
Websitelync.microsoft.com
 
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Not to be confused with Microsoft Lync Server, LINQ, or Lynx (disambiguation).
Microsoft Lync
Microsoft Lync 2013 logo.svg
Developer(s)Microsoft
Stable release2013 (15.0.4420.1017) / 2 October 2012; 2 years ago (2012-10-02)
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows,[1] Windows Phone, Android, iPhone and iPad running iOS 4.3 or later, and Symbian[2]
PlatformIA-32 and x86-64
Size53 MB[1] – 55 MB[3]
TypeInstant Messaging and Collaborative software
LicenseTrialware[1][3]
Websitelync.microsoft.com
Lync for Mac
Microsoft Lync 2011 for Mac logo.png
Developer(s)Microsoft
Stable release2011
Operating systemOS X 10.5.8, OS X 10.6, OS X 10.7[4]
TypeInstant Messaging and Collaborative software
LicenseProprietary commercial software (Volume licensing only)[5]
Websitemicrosoft.com/mac
/enterprise/lync

Microsoft Lync (formerly Microsoft Office Communicator) and Microsoft Lync for Mac are instant messaging clients used with Microsoft Lync Server or Lync Online available with Microsoft Office 365 and Live@Edu.[6] They are replacements for Windows Messenger, which was used with Microsoft Exchange Server.

Both Microsoft Lync and Microsoft Lync for Mac are enterprise software; unlike Windows Live Messenger (and later on Skype), they have a different feature set that is targeted toward corporate environments.

History[edit]

Microsoft Lync 2010 was made generally available on 25 January 2011.[7] The previous version was Office Communicator 2007 R2, released on 19 March 2009.[8] An even earlier version, "Office Communicator 2007" was released to manufacturing on 28 July 2007 and launched on 27 October 2007.[9] The full-featured desktop version of the client requires Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or newer.[10]

Microsoft Lync 2010 was released for the Windows Phone, Android, and iOS platforms in Dec 2011.[11]

Features[edit]

Basic features of Lync include:

Advanced features relate to integration with other Microsoft software:

Note: With the release of Lync Server 2013 in October 2012, a new collaboration feature "Persistent Group Chat" which allows multi-party chat with preservation of content between chat sessions was introduced. However, only the native Windows OS client and no other platform supports this feature at this time.[14]

The main new features of this[which?] version are the addition of real-time multi-client collaborative software capabilities, (which allow teams of people to see and simultaneously work on the same documents and communications session). Lync implements these features as follows:

All collaboration sessions get automatically defined as conferences, where clients can invite more contacts. Conference initiators (usually called "organizers") can either promote participants to act as presenters or demote them to act as attendees. They can also define some basic policies about what presenters and attendees can see and do. Deeper details of policy permissions are defined at server level.

Following Microsoft's acquisition of Skype in May 2011, the company has deployed the VoIP technology within Lync, as well as its Windows Live Messenger and Xbox Live services.[citation needed]

Extensions[edit]

Lync uses a number of extensions to the SIP/SIMPLE instant-messaging protocol for some features. As with most instant-messaging platforms, non-Microsoft instant-messaging clients[15] that have not implemented these publicly available extensions[13] may not work correctly or have complete functionality. Lync supports federated presence and IM to other popular instant message services such as AOL, Yahoo, MSN, and any service using the XMPP protocol. Text instant-messaging in a web browser is available via Lync integration within Exchange Outlook Web App.

Although other IM protocols such as AIM and Yahoo! do have wider support by third-party clients, these protocols have been largely reverse-engineered by outside developers. Microsoft does offer details of its extensions on MSDN and provides an API kit to help developers build platforms that can interoperate with Lync Server and clients.[16]

Microsoft is expected[by whom?] to add the ability to page other nodes: its absence has held up deployment in some educational environments as current PBX phone systems have this capability and need to retain it, whilst adding the other new functionality.

Microsoft Communicator Mobile[edit]

Microsoft has released three editions of Microsoft Communicator for mobile phones, dubbed Microsoft Communicator Mobile.[17] There are three editions of this product: Communicator Mobile for Windows Mobile,[18] Communicator Mobile for Java[19] and Communicator Mobile for Nokia[20]

Microsoft Communicator Mobile for Nokia was released on 4 May 2010. This version of Microsoft Communicator is made for S60 software platform 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2[20] and is initially made available for Nokia E72 and Nokia E52. This application is available from Nokia Ovi Store.[21][22] With the launch of Nokia E7-00, a supported Microsoft Communicator Mobile for Nokia 2.0 has made into Symbian^3 operating system & it's available for download at Nokia Ovi Store.

Microsoft has also released a Lync client for the Windows Phone [2] and Android. A Lync client for the iPhone and iPad was released on 21 December 2011. This requires running iOS 4.3 or later.[2]

See also[edit]

Similar products
Others

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Download details: Microsoft Lync 2010 Trial (32 Bit)". Microsoft Download Center. Microsoft Corporation. 14 November 2010. Retrieved 9 December 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Official Lync 2013 App for Windows Phone". 1800PocketPC. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Download details: Microsoft Lync 2010 Trial (64 Bit)". Microsoft Download Center. Microsoft Corporation. 14 November 2010. Retrieved 9 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "System Requirements for Lync for Mac 2011". TechNet. Microsoft. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Announcing Communicator for Mac". Office for Mac blog. Microsoft Corporation. 24 September 2010. Retrieved 9 December 2010. "Communicator for Mac will be available to organizations that use the Office Communications Server. These enterprises, companies and education organizations will provide Communicator for Mac to their users as part of Office 2011. (Communicator for Mac will be available to volume licensing customers only.)" 
  6. ^ "Business Grade Instant Messaging and Presence - Microsoft Lync". Lync.microsoft.com. Retrieved 2013-06-15. 
  7. ^ "Microsoft Lync 2010 Life-cycle Information". Retrieved 2011-10-25. 
  8. ^ "Microsoft Communicator 2007 Life-cycle Info". Retrieved 2011-10-25. 
  9. ^ "Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 Releases to Manufacturing". Lync Team Blog. Microsoft Corporation. 28 July 2007. 
  10. ^ "Download details: Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2 Trial Download". Microsoft Download Center. Microsoft Corporation. Retrieved 9 December 2010. 
  11. ^ "Microsoft Lync 2010 released for iOS platform". Youmobile.org. 20 Dec 2011. 
  12. ^ "Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 product overview". Microsoft Office. Microsoft. Retrieved 2007-10-10. 
  13. ^ a b "Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 Protocol Documents". MSDN. Microsoft. Retrieved 2008-08-15. 
  14. ^ "Client comparison tables for Lync Server 2013". Microsoft TechNet. 
  15. ^ "Pidgin project trouble ticket describing problems with Microsoft's SIP/Simple Implementation". Pidgin. Retrieved 2008-05-15. 
  16. ^ "Lync 2010 API Concepts". 
  17. ^ Urban, Eric (3 August 2009). "Microsoft Communicator Mobile". Windows Phone Blog. Microsoft Corporation. Retrieved 3 January 2011. 
  18. ^ "Communicator Mobile for Windows Mobile". Microsoft TechNet. Microsoft Corporation. Retrieved 3 January 2011. 
  19. ^ "Communicator Mobile for Java". Microsoft TechNet. Microsoft Corporation. Retrieved 3 January 2011. 
  20. ^ a b "Communicator Mobile for Nokia". Microsoft TechNet. Microsoft Corporation. 3 May 2010. Retrieved 3 January 2011. "Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile for Nokia 1.0 is a new messaging client that is built on the Nokia S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2 (S60 3.2.3)." 
  21. ^ "Microsoft Communicator Mobile for Nokia Debuts". Microsoft News Center. Redmond, Washington, United States: Microsoft Corporation. 4 May 2010. Retrieved 3 January 2011. 
  22. ^ King, Rachel (6 May 2010). "Microsoft and Nokia co-launch Microsoft Communicator Mobile". ZDNet. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 3 January 2011. 

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