Microsoft Lync replaced Microsoft Office Communicator (OCS) as the unified communications tool working with Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, and Office applications. Lync provides many of the features as set forth with OCS. Additional features included in Lync are:
- Presence states panel with enhanced privacy settings, status settings set manually or automatically through Outlook calendar and custom access levels for specific contacts.
- See Presence information for your contacts in Outlook, Sharepoint and other Office applications.
- Updated user interface featuring easy to find and common functions such as visual voicemail, contact list and active conversation list on a dashboard
- Communicate, send and share information directly from 2010 Office applications including Word, PowerPoint and Excel with "Save & Send" to IM, Web, Sharepoint and more.
- Upgraded conferencing features with desktop and application sharing, Powerpoint uploads and whiteboard capabilities. Schedule and join meetings with a single click in Outlook or in the meeting reminder.
- Enhanced tools for conference organizers.
- Conversation history tab helps tracks phone calls and IM's for quick reference and keeping track of conversations with participants.
The Lync download access link requires GatorLink authentication and is intended for use by faculty, staff, students and employees as allowed by the Microsoft licensing agreement.
Prior to accessing and downloading the Lync software client, determine the proper computer operating system - 32 vs. 64-bit. From the "Start" menu, select "Computer" and then "System Properties". If 64-bit is not listed or mentioned, system is most likely 32-bit.
If connecting from outside of the UF network, please use the AnyConnect UF VPN network client found at vpn.ufl.edu.
Click https://files.software.ufl.edu/package_dm.cgi/lync/lync.html to download Lync. Please contact the UF Computing Help Desk if you are unable to view the files after successful authetication.
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For additional features of Lync, please visit: What's New in Microsoft Lync 2010
To use audio, users will need a microphone and speakers for their computer. To use video, they will need a web camera.
The Tier-2 support committee has compiled a list of frequently asked questions. Please contact your departmental IT support personnel if you have any questions not covered in the FAQ below.
- Will my OCS contacts move with me when I am migrated to Lync 2010?
Yes! Your contacts are migrated along with your account.
- Can I continue to use Office Communicator 2007 R2 (OCS) to connect to Lync?
- What clients can I use to connect to meetings?
- Lync 2010 (client)
- Lync Attendee
- Lync WebApp
- OCS 2007 R2 (must be updated to the latest released version.)
https://mail.ufl.edu/exchange has icons for IM after Lync is installed. However, the best user experience is provided by the Full Lync client.
Yes, Conference Calls (conf:// URLs) and Livemeeting (meet:// URLs) will continue to work.
Note: We strongly encourage users to recreate their meetings with the Online Meeting add in for Outlook.
No, any meeting content will need to be reloaded after you migrate.
Yes, with some caveats. If you want to change the meeting end date, end time, participant list, or the meeting subject you must reschedule the meeting in the new Lync 2010 meeting format. When you change any of these details, the Lync Outlook add-in will prompt you to manually reschedule the meeting and send an updated invitation to all participants.
The Lync install will not remove the Live Meeting client. It does replace the Outlook Live Meeting plug-in with Lync Online Meeting.