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Lync App for Windows 8 now available

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Microsoft® Lync® is an enterprise-ready unified communications platform. With Lync, users can keep track of their contacts’ availability; send an IM; start or join an audio, video, or web conference; or make a phone call—all through a consistent, familiar interface. Lync is built to fully integrate with Microsoft Office. The Microsoft Lync 2010 desktop client is available for Windows and for Mac and mobile versions are available for Windows Phone, iPhone/iPad, and Android devices.

Lync client, which is the end user tools provide a single client to facilitate all the functions mentioned above. Couple of days ago, Microsoft released the next Generation of their Office suite which contained Office 2013, SharePoint Server 2013, Exchange Server 2013 and Lync Server 2013. Unlike in earlier times, Microsoft has decided to ship the client version of Lync 2013 to be a part of the Office 2013 Package.

However, today(26th Oct 2013) a major yet a silent release was shown on the Windows Store.

Say hello, to Lync for Windows 8!

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This is Lync reimagined for the new Windows Experience and optimized for touch: providing fast, natural, hands-on control of your communications. Lync meets all your communication and collaboration needs: integrating voice & video calls, Lync Meetings, presence and IM in a fast, fluid, easy-to-use app.

Features

  • Communicate from anywhere with an Internet connection.
  • Easily switch between IM, voice, or video or use all at once.
  • Stay connected to your colleagues with real-time status updates, rich presence information and fast and fluid contact list search and management.
  • Join Lync Meetings with a single touch and easily switch between IM, group video, and content views.
  • Stay connected while reducing resource consumption — Lync provides background and connected standby connectivity so you never miss an important conversation.
  • Use Windows search to find and communicate with your colleagues.
  • Snap view — Need to reference another app or website while using Lync? Lync can snap to the side of your screen so you can multi-task and use both apps at the same time.

Recommended hardware

  • Camera
  • Microphone

Supported processors

  • x86
  • x64
  • ARM

Supported languages

Arabic (Saudi Arabia), Chinese (China), Chinese (Taiwan), Dutch (Netherlands), English (United States), French (France), German (Germany), Hebrew (Israel), Italian (Italy), Japanese (Japan), Korean (Korea), Portuguese (Brazil), Russian (Russia), Spanish (Spain)

 IMPORTANT:  Microsoft Lync won’t work without Lync Server or an Office 365/Lync Online account.  Also, some functionality might require an update to Lync Server or might not be available to all users.  If you’re not sure about your account status, please contact your IT department.

Want to give it a try? Go to the store and lookup for ‘Lync’.

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Written by judeperera

October 26, 2012 at 5:03 am

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