Lync for Windows 8 and RT, app now available

For those of you that are unfamiliar with the application, Microsoft Lync (formerly Microsoft Office Communication) is the business version of its Messenger application. It provides chat, video conferencing and VOIP functionality for users and it also integrates with other Microsoft software including Exchange and SharePoint.

In an effort to convince businesses that Windows 8 is a practical solution for users, Microsoft has today released the Lync client application for Windows 8 and Windows RT. It joins the Lync client already available for Windows Phone 7.

As expected, the interface is tailored to the Modern UI, but it will work in the traditional desktop if you install Lync 2013 as part of a Microsoft Office 2013 deployment. Microsoft lists its features as:

  • 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

So, if you are lucky enough to have your own Lync server, download the app and test it out. If your work uses Lync, and their policies allow, download the app and give it a try for yourself.

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Pam14160 said,
What would be really cool is if you could put Win RT on a iPad (jailbroken). . .just dreaming.

Yes! Im kinda bored with iOS right now...

dude stop stroking yourself and wait a couple months for pro....as for your 3g comments, have a read

http://gigaom.com/mobile/sorry...-10-tablets-sold-are-wi-fi/

and sure gps would be ok and you can get one for next top nothing at some point and use that USB port you dont currently have on an ipad...

rememebr the current surface is RT it wasnt ever going to run legacy or x86 apps, surely you must have known this back mid year when they talked about it???...


basically the only advantage the surface had is letting users use their own windows applications on such a convenient device which was a huge advantage.. (for example business apps thats why i didn't by an ipad) also "practicality" u should take advantage of the bigger screen while using GPS and should not have to set up a hotspot every time i want to check an email

Sabah El Fol said,
basically the only advantage the surface had is letting users use their own windows applications on such a convenient device which was a huge advantage.. (for example business apps thats why i didn't by an ipad) also "practicality" u should take advantage of the bigger screen while using GPS and should not have to set up a hotspot every time i want to check an email

so, your problem is that you didn't read the difference between windows rt and windows 8 pro?

Sabah El Fol said,
basically the only advantage the surface had...
Any chance you could take your ranting to a relevant thread? This thread is about Lync. Go find one about the Surface.

why do you need 3G when you can turn on internet sharing with your 4g lte lumia 900 and share the same data plan, not too many use gps on a tablet and my phone has gps. The screen is just fine for a tablet and is actually quite nice. maybe you should buy an ipad and stop whining, I don't think you ever planed to buy a surface anyways.

Why burn out the battery on both your tablet and your phone at the same time when you could just burn one (if it had 3G)? There's good reasons for it.

~Johnny said,
Why burn out the battery on both your tablet and your phone at the same time when you could just burn one (if it had 3G)? There's good reasons for it.

that's why it has a usb port, you CAN charge it; in other news, the usb port is also capable of receiving a stick modem...

morden said,

that's why it has a usb port, you CAN charge it; in other news, the usb port is also capable of receiving a stick modem...

Yes but if you're charging your phone from a tablet that's not at a power supply your phone might stay at the same battery life, but then you're sucking power even faster from the tablet

korupt_one said,
why do you need 3G when you can turn on internet sharing with your 4g lte lumia 900 and share the same data plan, not too many use gps on a tablet and my phone has gps. The screen is just fine for a tablet and is actually quite nice. maybe you should buy an ipad and stop whining, I don't think you ever planed to buy a surface anyways.

Wireless tethering is incredibly taxing on a phone's battery, I've seen it completely drain both a Desire HD, and a G1 in under 90 minutes. And when your tablet is the same price as that of the competition leaving it out is a poor design decision.

no 3G, no GPS, cannot install my windows apps, low resolution screen, is it a tablet at all ? crap.. cant believe i was waiting to buy one

Sabah El Fol said,
no 3G, no GPS, cannot install my windows apps, low resolution screen, is it a tablet at all ? crap.. cant believe i was waiting to buy one

Huh? Other rt tablets have this

Sabah El Fol said,
no 3G, no GPS, cannot install my windows apps, low resolution screen, is it a tablet at all ? crap.. cant believe i was waiting to buy one


Did you make those types of complaints when the first couple of Apple iPads came out? Did you bitch how it wasn't thinner or a laser on it to shoot down enemy aircraft? You got anything else you wanna bitch about; just let it out of your system so we don't have to carry on with it. Old news buddy,

Flippinwindows said,


Did you make those types of complaints when the first couple of Apple iPads came out? Did you bitch how it wasn't thinner or a laser on it to shoot down enemy aircraft? You got anything else you wanna bitch about; just let it out of your system so we don't have to carry on with it. Old news buddy,

The first iPad had 3G support...

Sabah El Fol said,
no 3G, no GPS, cannot install my windows apps, low resolution screen, is it a tablet at all ? crap.. cant believe i was waiting to buy one

It appears you are referring to the Microsoft Surface RT. You are aware that other Microsoft Partners such as Dell, Lenovo, Samsung, and ASUS have other options some of which do include 3G/4G, higher resolutions screens, GPS, and more. This article is not about the Surface it is about Lync which I love Lync and when I get a Windows 8 computer (tablet or other wise) this app looks to be one of the first I'll be installing.

Flippinwindows said,


Did you make those types of complaints when the first couple of Apple iPads came out? Did you bitch how it wasn't thinner or a laser on it to shoot down enemy aircraft? You got anything else you wanna bitch about; just let it out of your system so we don't have to carry on with it. Old news buddy,

poor soul .. weird

"no 3G, no GPS, cannot install my windows apps, low resolution screen"

You might want to CHOOSE another Win 8 tablet that does all of that or get an iPad . Lots of neat forums to choose from over there too, yeah that's it, go over to those forums and hang out and find some cool answers and stuff. You don't really need Neowin................................................