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Microsoft Lync- anyone use it?

Postby sanjy009 » November 26th, 2014, 6:56 am

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I've been invited to a Microsoft Lync online meeting, but I've been told by the meeting organiser I don't need to download anything for it, and that it integrates into Skype.

It looks like the new Netmeeting, but according to Microsoft, it isn't available in Australia:(http://products.office.com/en/Lync/lync-server-2013-free-trial-unified-communications)

Does anyone have any experience with it? Do I need to do anything or will Skype work?

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Postby Cyberdemon » November 26th, 2014, 11:02 am

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I have not heard anything about how it integrates with Skype but I haven't been using Skype for a while.

I use Lync and like most Microsoft products it's generally terrible. It's designed to be usable through a web client, but in my experience it still has lots of bugs, stability issues, and cross platform issues especially with Macs (regardless of if using the native or web client).

If you are just joining the meeting you should get sent a link to join - you should be able to click it before the meeting begins to load the web client into your browser. You should be able to give it a shot before the meeting starts.

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Postby sketchroll » November 26th, 2014, 12:18 pm

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I used Lync pretty often. I'm not a huge fan of it personally, the ux is a little wonky... it automatically mutes you when you join a room so half the time, i forget im talking to nobody but myself when i join a meeting...Also the screenshare feature is laggy and when compared to WebEx, WebEx is far superior in that aspect. I've never heard of skype compatibilt... didn't know it existed...
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Postby engio » November 26th, 2014, 1:26 pm


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It was announced just a few weeks ago that Skype will be replacing Lync. Or "Skype for business" or something like that.. Or that Lync will be upgraded to look more like Skype..
I have Lync forced on me by IT, it starts up automatically. However I've managed to avoid it and only use Skype. Which is terrible but what can you do..

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Postby sanjy009 » November 26th, 2014, 6:31 pm

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Cyberdemon wrote:If you are just joining the meeting you should get sent a link to join - you should be able to click it before the meeting begins to load the web client into your browser. You should be able to give it a shot before the meeting starts.


Just what I wanted to hear, cheers. I've been sent a link. I've been told if it doesn't work the backup is Skype anyway.

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Postby sprockets » November 27th, 2014, 5:10 pm

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Be sure to use Internet Explorer. It has never worked properly for me in Chrome.
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Postby sanjy009 » November 28th, 2014, 6:48 pm

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sprockets wrote:Be sure to use Internet Explorer. It has never worked properly for me in Chrome.


and it didn't work for me in Explorer either. Ended up using Skype.


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